Amy Bell is principal of Groundwork Studio, an Albuquerque landscape architecture firm focused on site design integration and collaboration. She has practiced landscape architecture in the high desert for the past 12 years, with a focus on educational, therapeutic, and play environments. Her background in environmental education makes her particularly sensitive to the messages conveyed through the design of our environments and she sees her practice as a way to explore and test this relationship. Amy’s goal as a landscape architect is to improve the connections we have to our surroundings in order to improve ecological literacy, resiliency, community, and stewardship through education during design process and thoughtful design implementation.
Amy holds a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of New Mexico and a BA in Environmental Studies and Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a licensed landscape architect in New Mexico and Texas, a National Recreation and Park Association Certified Playground Safety Inspector and an ISA Certified Arborist. She believes that active involvement through community organizations builds valuable connections and synergy, and currently serves on the boards of the New Mexico Chapter of ASLA, Think Trees, and the Urban Forestry Council.
Since 2009, Amy has taught courses for the UNM SA+P Landscape Architecture Program in Construction Documents and AutoCAD for Landscape Architects. She believes that drafting proficiency is an essential part of the clear communication required for successful execution of design intent.