Co-Founder & Partner Solutions in the Land, LLC
James M. Patchett
Considered one of the innovators in melding art, science and engineering in design, James Patchett, FASLA, LEED AP, is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading pioneers in the design and promotion of sustainable site planning methodologies that integrate innovative water resource management and ecological restoration measures into built and natural environments. Trained both as a landscape architect and hydrologist, Jim has served on a variety of national technical advisory committees including the ASLA Sustainable Sites initiative and is a highly sought out speaker and educator on the subject. After 25 years serving as the Founder and President of Conservation Design Forum, Inc., Jim has transitioned into a new role as a Principal Partner of Solutions in the Land LLC, a firm that he co-founded with noted agronomist Ron Doetch in 2011. Solutions in the Land, LLC, is a for-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of watershed-scale sustainable, restorative agricultural practices throughout North America. Jim was also a co-founder of Conservation Research Institute and Conservation Land Stewardship.
Jim is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional. He received, along with his CDF colleagues, the Natural Leader Award from the Chicago chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council in 2008. In 2013, Jim was the recipient of the prestigious Christian Petersen Design Award, the highest award recognition given annually by the Iowa State University College of Design.
Jim received an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture, and master's degrees in both landscape architecture and civil engineering (water resources) from Iowa State University and has completed the necessary course work towards a PhD in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources.