Summit Panelist: Jose Alminana
June 11, 2016
José Almiñana, FASLA, PLA
Principal, Andropogon Associates
José joined Andropogon in 1983 and has been a principal since 1995. Trained as both a landscape architect and architect, his collaborative work endeavors to achieve the highest possible performance with the least amount of resources. José has been instrumental in many of the firm’s complex site development projects, striving to create sensitive, ecological designs that respond directly to site conditions and incorporate innovative sustainable and regenerative design technologies. He has directed a diversity of design and planning projects, from restoring urban parks and brownfields, to designing corporate and institutional campuses, and planning new mixed–use communities. Regardless of project scale, José distills the site’s essential resources into designs that are functional, beautiful, and environmentally responsible.
José has been instrumental in the development of industry-wide standards and landscape performance metrics that place landscape architects at the core of the sustainability movement. He has been a significant part of the development of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), which aims to shift traditional land development and management practices towards the preservation and provision of ecosystem services. Beyond SITES, José and his colleagues at Andropogon are advocating for robust, post-construction monitoring and adaptive management programs that are critical to making sure our designs perform as intended. He was the recipient of the ASLA President’s Medal in 2010 and was elected to the ASLA Council of Fellows the same year. José has lectured at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, the Harvard University Professional Summer Educational Program, and at Philadelphia and Drexel Universities.