Bureau of Environmental Services, City of Portland, Oregon
Dawn Uchiyama has dedicated her career to advancing innovative stormwater infrastructure planning and design using landscape, spearheading Portland's evolution as a world leader in that realm. As Deputy Director of the Bureau of Environmental Services-with over 600 employees and a $500 million annual budget-she has facilitated organization-wide strategic planning and diversity, equity, and inclusion awareness. Her efforts have supported improved design outcomes in all aspects of public infrastructure-from pipes to green stormwater management to watershed restoration. Dawn's early career focused on parks, natural areas, and trails, with an emphasis on community engagement and education, as well as watershed and stream protection and restoration. She integrated these foundational practices with emerging ideas for stormwater management, including facilitating a citywide effort to create the first published design details and specifications for green streets. Known for her commitment to collaboration and inclusivity, Dawn demonstrates the value landscape architecture brings to public service and infrastructure provisioning by working creatively across disciplines as a designer and leader.