Patricia Michael, MFA
Summary of Qualifications
Environmental Consultant and Site Designer
Over twenty years experience using a whole-systems approach to ecological design to produce systems that are ecologically sound and economically viable.
Educator and Trainer
Over twenty years experience in teaching, lecturing and conducting workshops.
Owner and Principle Designer, Patricia Michael Design, 2000 - Present
Complete site design using Permaculture principles for a variety of clients, urban and rural, small and large. Consultation, design and installation oversight.
Staff Educator, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 2011 - Present
Teaches Native Plant Gardening Landscape Design and Landscape Design Studio.
Permaculture Consultant, Universidad Albert Einstein de Mexico, Summer 2012
Taught a three-week intensive seminar on Permaculture Design and Participatory Democracy, summer 2012. Participants included professors, graduate students, government officials and land-owner farmers from USA, Mexico, Venezuela and Cuba.
Staff Educator, Austin Community College, 2008 - 2010
Taught CAD for Landscape Design, Landscape Business Operation, History of Landscape Architecture, Landscape Graphics.
For the over twenty years Patricia has worked as a free-lance site designer in the Central Texas area. The projects listed below are primary examples from the body of that work; each project has integrated design systems that are ecologically sound and economically viable.
Patricia Michael and William Meacham: "Permaculture as a Design Modality for Healing and Regeneration: Design with a Deeper Agenda," in The Design Journal, Vol. 4 No. 2 (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2001).
Patricia Michael and William Meacham: "Permaculture Design," in Feng Shui Society Journal, Summer/Autumn 2001 (London, UK: Feng Shui Society, 2001).
"Inner Development in Service to Community" in Creating Harmony: Conflict Resolution in Community, ed. Jackson, Hildur (East Meon, Hampshire, England: Permanent Publications, 1999)
"Pattern - Key to the Universe," The Permaculture Activist, Vol, 39, Knowledge Pattern and Design, 1998
"The Garden Game: Permaculture for an Existing Garden," The New Garden Journal, July-August, 1997
"There’s a Garden in my Office!" Permaculture International Journal #59, 1996
"Notes on Zone One Design," Permaculture International Journal #43, 1992
"Report from Third International Permaculture Designers Convergence," International Permaculture Journal #32, 1989
"Non-Toxic Insect Pest Management for the Garden." New Alchemy Institute Technical Bulletin 8, 1987
"Controlling Aphids in the Garden." New Alchemy Institute Technical Bulletin 7, 1987
Award: Best Success in Design (Commercial), City of Austin Environmental Conservation Department, the Hill Country Foundation and the Austin Business Journal, for Habitat Suites Hotel resource conservation plan and rehabilitation of building and grounds.
Award: Best Innovation in Waste Management, City of Austin Environmental Conservation Department, the Hill Country Foundation and the Austin Business Journal, for Habitat Suites Hotel waste management plan.
Featured guest on ten Pulse of the Planet programs with Jim Metzner, National Public Radio.
Featured guest on The Next 200 Years with Olive Graham, National Public Radio. Topic: "Regional Land Use and Planning"
Featured guest on National Public Radio in Australia. Topic: "Grassroots Activism for Environmental and Social Change in the United States"
Featured in “Grassroots Organizing: An Interview,” by Peter Bane, The Permaculture Activist
Appointed vice-chancellor, International Permaculture Academy. (I have supervised undergraduate and graduate students from American universities.)
Cover story, The Permaculture Activist, No. 27.
Featured guest on Growing Concerns with Cecilia Nasti, National Public Radio. Topic: "Bioregional Education"
Member of the N.E.S.T Foundation: Environmental envoy to El Salvador.
Selected as one of three U.S. aides at Japanese Garden Installation, Kerr Center, Oklahoma City. Installation was made by eighteen Master Gardeners from Kyoto, Japan, a gift from the people of Kyoto to the people of Oklahoma.
Vice Chancelor and Teaching Fellow, International Permaculture Academy, Tylgum, New South Wales Australia
University of Texas, School of Architecture, Department of Land Use Design, Visiting Professor, co-taught an eco-village design course subjects included were: design principles, planning and development, project management, watershed mapping and modeling, topographic maps, biological resource impact and regulatory compliance, quality standards, site analysis, biological indicators, site selection, soil chemistry, water, wastewater, aquaculture, and storm water infiltration, soil protection, wildlife design, transportation planning and development, wetlands protection and creation, climate of Texas, plants, bioremediation, wildlife habitat, pest management and organic chemical safety, community coordination and negotiation, local economics, disaster and hazard prevention, team supervision, coordination, and pier reviews, budget assesment, preparation, and implementation
Corpus Christi State University, Corpus Christi, Texas, Instructor, Graphic Design
University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, School of Architecture / Assistant Professor, taught design, graphics, and color theory
University of Maine, Orono, Maine, College of Art / Adjunct Professor, taught art History
603 Kingfisher Creek Drive, Austin, Texas USA 78748-2424
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