Our ASLA and Green Infrastructure at Work – the New Philadelphia Story
Mark Focht is First Deputy Commissioner, Parks & Facilities for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Penn State and Masters degree in landscape architecture from the University of Massachusetts and is a PA licensed landscape architect.
Mark is a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects and serves as the 2012-13 President-Elect of the American Society of Landscape Architects. When he comes to speak at UMass, it will be his first full day as the Society’s 69th President after his inauguration at the ASLA meeting in Boston.
Prior appointments include Executive Director of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park System; Director of the park’s Environment, Stewardship & Education Division and Director of Capital Projects for the Center City District (Philadelphia, PA), a private sector business improvements district. Additionally, Mr. Focht has over ten years experience with two large multi-disciplinary design firms and was an adjunct professor in Temple University’s Department of Landscape Architecture (1989-2010).
Mr. Focht lectures extensively and serves on Boards of the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust, Please Touch Museum and the Philadelphia Sports Congress.
The Zube lecture series is named for Ervin Zube, former head of LARP from 1974 to 1980. Professor Zube is internationally known for his leadership in developing a culture of academic research in the profession of landscape architecture. His research has made numerous seminal contributions to landscape planning theory and practice.