Sara Osborne is a British licensed Landscape Architect.
As a native of England, she holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree and Post-graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture.
She arrived in the United States in 1989 and worked New York City for eleven years with Quennell Rothschild & Partners and Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects.
In New York, she worked on many urban and waterfront projects: public, private and institutional landscapes including parks, schools, streetscapes, and community design projects.
Her first project at Quennell Rothschild was the collaborative and controversial design of the South Garden with artist Jennifer Bartlett (now Robert Wagner Park in Battery Park City).
She was a project manager for the Hudson River Park Concept Plan and
the subsequent Hudson River Park Design Guidelines.
In 2000, she moved with her husband to Cobham, VA, near Charlottesville, where they developed a homestead on a rural property; the Old Cobham Store.
Sara was also a Project Manager at Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. Here she worked on several large projects including the Addition to the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia;
The mixed use development of North Bethesda Market in Rockville MD; The Virginia War Memorial in Richmond VA, and a large private residential project in Albemarle County VA that employs principles of conservation agriculture in the design.
For the last few years, Sara shifted her energies to Q+O Design, a collaborative practice with her husband, John Quale. They have designed several of residential homes and landscapes for a variety of clients, and a master plan for a private school.
Sara conceptualized, coordinated and created the City Schoolyard Garden at Venable Elementary School in Charlottesville, VA. She was one of founding team members of the Charlottesville City Schoolyard Garden program, which went on to develop and sustain gardens in all 5 of the City's elementary schools, mIddle school and High School. Today it is a thriving not for profit organization, with the support of the City's Public School Board. As a garden coordinator for Venable, Sara designed, coordinated construction, helped with curriculum development, fundraising, promotion and website development.
The couple and their children moved to Albuquerque, NM in July 2014 and are acutely aware and intrigued by the differences between landscape practices in the East and the Southwest. Sara has once again established her own vegetable garden and property, and is eager to demonstrate there is more to landscaping in New Mexico than Cacti and Gravel. Think Lavender and Lemons!
John Quale, LEED AP BD+C, Associate AIA, is Director and Professor of Architecture at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture + Planning. His expertise is in sustainable design, affordable housing, prefabrication, the environmental impact of construction, and collaborative and integrated design processes.
From 2000 to 2014, he was on the faculty of the University of Virginia School of Architecture, most recently serving as the Director of the Graduate Architecture program. Prior to that, he spent seven years in New York City working for notable firms, including four years as a project manager for Architecture Research Office (ARO).
He also worked for Richard Meier & Partners (on the Getty Center in Los Angeles), and briefly for William McDonough & Partners (on a Herman Miller manufacturing facility) and Perkins & Will.
At UVA, he initiated and served as Director of the ecoMOD project. Since 2004, interdisciplinary teams of students (working with faculty, staff and professionals) have designed, built and evaluated eight prefabricated housing units for affordable housing organizations. In ecoREMOD, the sister project to ecoMOD, teams have helped renovate or add to 11 existing housing units for low-income residents. Of the 19 ecoMOD and ecoREMOD projects, three have achieved the US Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum rating and two have achieved Passive House standard.
The project is coming with Quale to UNM, and over the next year or so, it will evolve and become relevant to the New Mexico context.
Quale was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tokyo and the Thomas Jefferson Fellow at Cambridge University Downing College. He is the author of Sustainable, Affordable, Prefab: the ecoMOD Project, which was included on Dwell Magazine’s 2013 ‘required reading’ list of books in prefab and he authored Trojan Goat: A Self-Sufficient House, (preface by Kenneth Frampton) about his leadership of the 2002 UVA Solar Decathlon Team a national design/build house competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Quale is currently serving in the higher education seat on the U.S. Green Building Council’s Board of Directors.