Ed Mickelson (BS 1977 Landscape Architecture), FASLA, principal and landscape architecture and urban design practice leader at NBBJ in Columbus, Ohio, received the Delia White Vail Medal from the Cleveland Botanical Garden for the advancement of horticulture excellence locally and internationally.
Mickelson strives to combine artistic expression with social purpose and realize outdoor environments that respect the natural environment, enliven community and enhance life. During his nearly 40-year career he has won more than 30 design awards for his work in the planning and design of highly complex sites and campuses in the United States, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Jordan, Kuwait and Turkey. He has been actively involved in leading NBBJ's long-standing co-op program with Ohio State University's Knowlton School of Architecture. He has also served as an adjunct professor of landscape architecture at Ohio State and as a presenter and guest critic at Iowa State, the University of Iowa, the University of Buffalo and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Mickelson is a past president of the Iowa Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a past member of the ISU Landscape Architecture Advisory Council.