Quinn Evans, Madison, Wisconsin
Brenda Williams is recognized as a national leader in the conservation of cultural landscapes and advancing the role of landscape architects in their planning and design. Throughout her thirty-year career, she has developed award-winning design, planning, and stewardship solutions for significant cultural landscapes at national parks, national historic landmarks, and sites of regional and local importance throughout the United States. Her work has an emphasis on landscapes in the public realm, where she champions appropriate access, recognition, preservation, adaptation, and interpretation of culturally significant sites. Brenda developed the Cultural Landscape Master Plan format and process that integrates thorough documentation and analysis with master planning in a streamlined approach. She also pioneered the integration of National Environmental Policy Act standards and processes into Cultural Landscape Reports. She facilitates the development of inspiring cultural landscape solutions, such as her leadership in the $500-million rehabilitation of the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum on the National Mall. Brenda conducts workshops, mentors students, and participates in volunteer activities nationwide.