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 whose work focuses 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. April was instrumental in ASLA's development and advocacy of the SITES rating system since 1999 including the development of the first urban infill, mixed-use SITES pilot project in San Francisco. April tirelessly lectures and advocates on the link between sustainable development and climate change.