Alexander J. Felson
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.L.A., Harvard University
Ph.D., Rutgers University
Mr. Felson is an ecologist and registered landscape architect. His scholarly research focuses on urban land systems, including green infrastructure, local and regional park design, community to landscape ecology, and climate change adaptation. Mr. Felson’s design work integrates basic and applied ecological research as a driver of the form, layout, and function of urban design, planning, and infrastructure projects. He integrates ecosystem services and public space into urban landscape-based projects across the country. Mr. Felson seeks new ways of constructing biologically rich systems through research-based design and adaptive management. Mr. Felson is the principal investigator on a National Science Foundation grant researching vertical walls for active heat rejection. He participated as a core team member on the Rebuild by Design project for the Resilient Bridgeport proposal. Mr. Felson was the lead designer and participated in constructing bioretention gardens in Bridgeport, CT and, in collaboration with Milone and McBroom, Inc. and The Nature Conservancy, developed a coastal resilience plan for Guilford, CT. He worked with Ken Smith Landscape Architect on projects, including NY Public School 19 (built in 2003), the East River Marsh Planter, and the Santa Fe Railyard Park in New Mexico (built in 2008). As an associate and director of ecological design at EDAW/AECOM, Mr. Felson designed the New York City Million Trees project on parkland (2009). He is a principal investigator with four years data on a large-scale ecological research project investigating carbon accumulation, sustainable management, and biodiversity. Working with The Related Company for his Ph.D., Mr. Felson implemented experimental research on amphibian species as a design tool to inform the master plan. Other projects include Governor’s Island, the Presidio, the World Trade Center streetscapes, and the Beacon Institute.