April Philips, FASLA, is a landscape architect, thought leader, artist, and author. She is founder of April Philips Design Works, an award winning landscape architecture firm focusing on a fusion of nature, art, and technology. April is a national leader in both research and practice associated with sustainable sites and an integrated design approach. She was instrumental in ASLA's development and advocacy of the SITES rating system since 1999 including the first urban infill, mixed-use SITES pilot project in San Francisco. Her recent studio work investigates the intersection of sea level rise, design theory, and ecology in urban landscapes.