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Alisa Blatter — Landscape Architectural Designer 

I am a landscape designer, mapmaker, and writer living in St. Louis. Struck by the tallgrass prairie landscape since my childhood in Minnesota, I seek to resolve its loss against the forms of the urban spatial environment and across private, public, and nonprofit realms. My writing, cast from first-person research, considers the phenomenology of this and other landscapes. I hold a masters degree from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis.

I collaborate and partner with other designers, public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and community members to conceptualize, design, and manage projects in the landscape as an

intra-referential, aggregated practice.

I am passionate about native plants and plant communities and their relationship to the urban matrix, infrastructure, and human and non-human habitation.




Master of Landscape Architecture, cum laude

Washington University in St. Louis



Certificate in Native Plants, Phipps Conservatory

Penn State Master Gardener, Phipps Conservatory

Bachelor of Arts, Art History + Spanish, cum laude

University Honors Program

Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA




ASLA National Award of Excellence

Student Collaboration, The One Tree Project

ASLA St. Louis Chapter Honor Award

project team member for Christner, Inc., Danforth Plant Science Center Signage


ASLA St. Louis Chapter Award of Excellence 

Student Team Award, The One Tree Project


The Master of Landscape Architecture Award

Washington University in St. Louis


ASLA St. Louis Student Service Award

Washington University in St. Louis


CityStudioSTL Student Grant 

Office for Socially Engaged Practice, Washington University in St. Louis


ASLA St. Louis Named Scholarship Recipient

Washington University in St. Louis


Outstanding Second Year MLA Student

Washington University in St. Louis


ASLA Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter Merit Award

Student Collaboration

Project Experience

12/17 - present

Landscape Architectural Designer,  St. Louis, MO
Design and project manage independent and collaborative landscape projects across nonprofit, public, and private realms. Projects focus on relationships among people, communities, and urban ecology, from local to regional scales, built to speculative.

fa 2017

Landscape Design Intern, Arbolope Studio, St. Louis, MO
Developed and designed site analysis diagrams and presentation, drafted and revised construction details, created plants and materials books, and supported marketing. 

su 2017

Landscape Architecture Intern, The Nature Conservancy + WashU Collaboration
Summer immersion in design and management of TNC’s Dunn Ranch tallgrass prairie as a conservation and restoration site. Created a book of research and design findings based on sustainable productive landscapes, community integration, and facilities and infrastructure design.

fa 2016

sp 2017

Research Assistant, Charting the American Bottom project

Divided City Urban Humanities Initiative, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Edited and coded project text for the website, which interprets the floodplain of the Mississippi as a complexly layered social, industrial, and ecological condition. 

su 2015-

su 2016

Research Assistant, Baden Pilot Project, St. Louis Urban Vitality + Ecology Initiative. Ferguson Academic Seed Fund Grant, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 
Prepared project mappings and analysis. Designed a book for partner organizations detailing studio work in the Baden neighborhood around demolition, vacancy, and neighborhood-scale stormwater management strategies.


Board Member, Chatham Village National Historic Landmark, Pittsburgh, PA
Oversaw policy and budget concerns for a 57-acre historic coop community planned by Clarence Stein. As chair of the grounds committee, guided studies and projects relating to stewardship, recreation, safety, security, preservation, and community.

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