exploring the confluence of ecology, equity & engagement in our our urbanized world
Our work is varied. But, there is a common thread in all of the projects we pursue: how can we cultivate a relationship between people and the physical world?
Within our increasingly urbanized world, we believe this relationship will only thrive if we work across sector and across scales. Whether a traditional landscape design, a conceptual art piece, or a community-driven event, we are dedicated to projects alleviating stresses on the built environment, valuing multiple perspective & utilizing creative problem solving.
Started in 2009 as an eager group of graduate students at the UMN College of Design, Floodplain Collective has grown into a professional firm dedicated to furthering the field of landscape architecture through collaborative, community-based projects. We are a certified WBE and our business model as a collective allows flexibility in our structure for each individual project: we are able find the best possible match between team members and project needs.
what's with the name?
Floodplains are rich ecosystems adjacent to rivers, lakes and oceans, and prone to flooding. As a water body overflows it carries seeds, sediment, and nutrients into the floodplain. There seeds are able to take root, water is filtered, and nutrients can settle, creating rich habitat for wildlife and plant life. We see Floodplain Collective as a place for ideas, interdisciplinary expertise, and partnerships to spill into, percolate, and grow; enriching the communities we live in and the environment that surrounds us.
yes, it is a bit abstract...
who is on the team?
we have a lot of friends.
Anna Bierbrauer, Principal & Co-Founder
With a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota and a BA in Performance Theory and Political Systems from the George Washington University, Anna brings a unique ability to translate ideas across sectors in order to find artful, attainable solutions. Dedicated to exploring how art, education, and research can push the field of design to improve the built environment of the 21st Century, she seeks out partnerships that marry progressive thinking with grounded deliverables. Anna is also an adjunct faculty member at UMN College of Design and a dedicated member of her NE Minneapolis neighborhood. She happiest in her garden with her husband and two very dirty children.
Ben Erickson, Collaborator
Ben as over 15 years experience working as a Landscape Architect in Minnesota. His experience in landscape architecture and site design draws from completed projects in a number of urban centers across the metro area and regional parks in outlying counties. Much of this work defined strategies for neighborhood revitalization and economic development organized around engaging public spaces, with an emphasis on transit and mixed use. Ben lives in NE Minneapolis with his wife and two kids.
Sarah Schultz, Collaborator
Sarah Schultz is a curator, writer, and gardener living in New York City. She was formerly the Director of Education and Curator of Public Practice at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis where she launched Open Field, a four-year project that turned the museum into a cultural commons and open platform for public expression. She co-curated the exhibition and commissioned gardens for Fritz Haeg: At Home in the City and has worked with numerous artists and collectives on public projects. Currently she is curating a creative placemaking initiative in Philadelphia at Bartram’s Garden, a city park on the Schuylkill River and the family home and gardens of America’s first botanist, John Bartram.
Miss Emily Lowery, Co-Founder
Miss Lowery hails from California. Her work is heavily influenced by her extensive travels, sensitivity to ecological change, and interest in all things fun. Her love for adventure and people has produced a scope of work that thoughtfully addresses local and global questions. Emily received a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the University of San Francisco and a Master’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota – College of Design. She currently resides in Ann Arbor, MI with her sweet husband and crazy dog.