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Robert C. Hoover, ASLA
Landscape Architect
170 Commerce Ways, Suite 102
Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801
603-431-4000
rhoover@hblainc.com
www.hblainc.com

Education

  • Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Master in Landscape Architecture with Distinction.  1982-1985.
  • University of Massachusetts, Bachelor of Science, Major Environmental Design.  1972-1978.

Professional Experience

  • HBLA Inc., Portsmouth, New Hampshire, President.  2001-2016.
  • Hoover, Biegel Landscape Architects, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, President.  1999-2001.
  • Geller Associates Inc., Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Principal.  1996-1999.
  • Studio LA, Portland, Maine, President.  1987-1996.
  • Mitchell-Dewan Associates, Portland, Maine, Project Manager.  1985-1987.
  • Dickson Demarche Associates, Westport, Connecticut, Landscape Designer.  1980-1982.
  • John Wacker Associates, Weston, Massachusetts, Landscape Designer.  1978-1980.

Professional Registration

  • Connecticut #884.
  • Maine #128.
  • Massachusetts #822.
  • New Hampshire #28.
  • New York #1671.
  • Pennsylvania #1696.
  • Rhode Island #328.
  • National Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Board #1448.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Landscape Architects.
  • Boston Society of Landscape Architects.
  • Granite State Society of Landscape Architects.

Elected & Appointed Public Service Positions

  • Planning Board, Chair, Georgetown, Massachusetts.  2014-Present.
  • New School Building Committee, Georgetown, Massachusetts.  2012-2014.
  • School Committee, Vice Chair, Georgetown, Massachusetts.  2011-2014.
  • Planning Board Georgetown, Chair, Georgetown, Massachusetts.  2003-2008.
  • Zoning Board of Appeals, Member, Georgetown, Massachusetts.  2002.

Awards and Other Recognition

  • Feature Story, New Hampshire Home Magazine, “A House At Home On The Lake”, 2016.
  • People’s Choice Award for Design Excellence in Residential Architecture, NH. Chapter American Institute of Architects, “Summer Serenity”, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, 2016.
  • National Public Radio (NPR), “Spotlight of Chicago Botanic Garden’s Healthcare Garden Design Certificate of Merit Program”, Chicago, Illinois, 2013.
  • Appointed Advisory Board, Chicago Botanic Garden’s Healthcare Garden Design Certificate of Merit Program, Chicago, Illinois, 2010 – Present.
  • Merit Award, Design for Aging Review, 12th Edition, American Institute of Architects, “White Oaks Cottages at Fox Hill Village”, Westwood, Massachusetts. 2013.
  • Award of Excellence, ALFA Senior Living by Design Awards, “White Oaks Cottages at Fox Hill Village, Westwood, Massachusetts, 2012.
  • People’s Choice Award for Design Excellence in Healthcare Architecture, NH. Chapter American Institute of Architects, “N.E. Health Rehab. Hospital”, Portsmouth, NH., 2012.
  • Keynote Address, 11th Annual Landscape Conference, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, “East Meets West:  The Art and Science of Therapeutic gardens”, 2010.
  • Dream Home Over 9,000 Square Feet Silver Award, Wall Street Journal, “Villa Como”, Durham, New Hampshire, 2009.
  • Mayors Blue Ribbon Committee Award, “Trees and Public Greenery”, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 2008.
  • Preservation Achievement Award, New Hampshire Planning Association, “Folsom Tavern”, Exeter, New Hampshire, 2008.
  • People’s Choice Award for Design Excellence in Residential Architecture, NH. Chapter American Institute of Architects, “Lakeside Manor”, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, 2007.
  • Silver Award for Large CCRC, National Association of Home Builders, “Huntington at Nashua”, Nashua, New Hampshire, 2006.
  • Citation Seal Award for Design Excellence, Boston Society of Architects, “Kaplan Family Hospice House”, Danvers, Massachusetts, 2006.
  • Merit Award for Design Excellence, New Hampshire Chapter American Institute of Architects, “The Ridge at Riverwoods”, Exeter, New Hampshire, 2006.
  • Exemplary Therapeutic Garden, Acer Institute, Washington State University. “Peabody House AIDS Hospice Garden”, Portland, Maine, 2005.
  • Exemplary Therapeutic Garden, Acer Institute, Washington State University, “Converse Home Dementia Garden”, Burlington, Vermont, 2005.
  • Exemplary Therapeutic Garden, Acer Institute, Washington State University, “Sedgewood Commons Alzheimer’s Home”, Falmouth, Maine, 2005.
  • Platinum Award, On The Boards, National Association of Home Builders, “The Ridge at Riverwoods”, Exeter, New Hampshire, 2003.
  • Gold Award for Large CCRC, National Association of Home Builders, “Canterbury Woods”, Amherst, New York, 2003.
  • Silver Award, On The Boards, National Association of Home Builders, “Huntington at Nashua”, Nashua, New Hampshire, 2003.
  • Merit Award for Shaping The Built Environment, Plan New Hampshire, “Community Hospice House, Merrimack, New Hampshire, 2002.
  • Cited, Design For Aging Review, American Institute of Architects, “Chase Point Assisted Living”, Damariscotta, Maine, 2002.
  • Invitational Think Tank, Chicago Botanic Garden’s Healthcare Garden Design Program Inception, Chicago, Illinois, 2001.
  • Merit Award for Design Excellence, Healthcare Design Magazine, “Community Hospice House”, Merrimack, New Hampshire, 2001.
  • Cited American Institute of Architects Design for Aging Review, “Canterbury Woods CCRC”, Amherst, New York, 2000.
  • Cited American Institute of Architects Design for Aging Review, “Granite Ledges Assisted Living”, Yarmouth, Maine, 2000.
  • Feature Story, Journal Inquirer, “Boomers and Beyond – Plant Therapy”, 1998.
  • Invitational Roundtable, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC., “Landscape & Public Health”, 1997.
  • Merit Award for Design, Boston Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects, “Peabody Memorial Garden”, Portland, Maine, 1997.
  • Feature Story, People Places and Plants Magazine, “A Gardener’s Gift”, 1996.
  • Feature Story, Maine Times, “Two-Ton Fountain Anchors Garden for People with AIDS”, 1996.
  • Merit Award for Research, Boston Society of Landscape Architects, “Healing Gardens and Alzheimer’s Disease”, 1996.
  • Feature Story, Landscape Architecture Magazine, “Healing Gardens – Life in Fast Forward Reverse”, 1995.
  • Feature Story, WCSH TV-6 Alive, “Healthbeat Report with Diane Atwood”, 1995.
  • Selected for Exhibition, International Conference on Health Care Facility Planning, “Sedgewood Commons”, Falmouth, Maine, 1995.
  • Cited by Dr. Alfredo Cinnella, European Reminiscence Conference, London, England, “Non-pharmacological Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease”, “Sedgewood Commons”, Falmouth, Maine, 1995.
  • Selected for Exhibition, European Reminiscence Conference, London, England, “Sedgewood Commons”, Falmouth, Maine, 1995.
  • Selected for Exhibition, Association of Homes and Services for the Aging National Convention, “Sedgewood Commons”, Falmouth, Maine, 1994
  • Selected for Exhibition, American Institute of Architects Design for Aging Research Program, “Sedgewood Commons”. Falmouth, Maine, 1994
  • Cited, American Institute of Architects Design For Aging Review, “Sedgewood Commons”, Falmouth, Maine, 1994.
  • Feature Story, Portland Press Herald, “Mover and Shaper”, 1994.
  • Finalist Maine Percent For The Arts, “River Run”, Guilford Elementary, Guilford, Maine, 1994.
  • Elected Maine Touring Artist, Maine Arts Commission, Augusta, Maine, 1993.
  • Awarded Commission Maine Percent For The Arts, “Overlay”, State of Maine Motor Vehicles Building, Augusta, Maine, 1992.
  • Awarded Commission Maine Percent For The Arts, “Walls”, University of Maine Presque Isle, Presque Isle, Maine, 1992.
  • Finalist Maine Percent For The Arts, “Stone and Glass”, Belfast Elementary School, Belfast, Maine, 1992.
  • Finalist Maine Percent For The Arts, “Earth Mound”, Oxford Elementary School, Oxford, Maine, 1992.
  • Finalist Maine Percent For The Arts, “ Red Rubber Pyramid”, Otisfield Elementary School, Otisfield, Maine, 1991.
  • Finalist Maine Percent For The Arts, “Sacred Circle”, Northern Maine Technical College, Presque Isle, Maine, 1991.
  • Awarded Commission Maine Percent For The Arts, “Waves”, Northern Maine Technical College, Presque Isle, Maine, 1991.
  • Elected Landscape Sculptor, Maine Arts Commission, Augusta, Maine, 1990.
  • Merit Award for Excellence in Study of Landscape Architecture, American Society of Landscape Architects, 1985.
  • Graduation with Distinction, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Master of Landscape Architecture, 1985.

Teaching 

  • School of Chicago Botanic Garden, “Healthcare Garden Design Certificate of Merit Program”.  2003 – 2016.
  • Landscape Institute, Arnold Arboretum, “Why Therapeutic Landscapes?”  2009.
  • Landscape Institute, Arnold Arboretum, “What is a Therapeutic Garden?”  2009.
  • Landscape Institute, Arnold Arboretum, “Therapeutic Garden Case Studies”.  2009.
  • Landscape Institute, Boston Architectural Center, Thesis Advisor.  2009.
  • American Society o

Lectures

  • Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services 19th Annual Alzheimer’s Awareness Conference, “Thinking Outside the Box; Innovative Strategies for Dementia Care”. Co-Presented, 2016.
  • School of Chicago Botanic Garden, Healthcare Garden Design Certificate of Merit Program, “Rest, Restore, Reconnect #2”. 2016.
  • Leading Age Annual Meeting Boston, “Memory Care Gardens, Optimizing Use and Function, A Specialists Perspective”.  Co-Presented, 2015.
  • School of Chicago Botanic Garden, Healthcare Garden Design Certificate of Merit Program, “Rest, Restore, Reconnect #1”. 2015.
  • School of Chicago Botanic Garden, Healthcare Garden Design Certificate of Merit Program, “Something To Think About #2”. 2014.
  • School of Chicago Botanic Garden, Healthcare Garden Design Certificate of Merit Program, “Something To Think About #1”. 2013.
  • School of Chicago Botanic Garden, Healthcare Garden Design Certificate of Merit Program, “The Mystery As Healer”. 2012.
  • School of Chicago Botanic Garden, Healthcare Garden Design Certificate of Merit Program, “A Concerning Trend #2”. 2011.
  • School of Chicago Botanic Garden, Healthcare Garden Design Certificate of Merit Program, “A Concerning Trend #1”. 2010.
  • Key Note Address, Utah State University, Logan, Utah. “East Meets West.  The Art and Science of Therapeutic Gardens”. 2010.
  • Landscape Institute, Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University, “Soul of a Therapeutic Garden”. 2009.
  • School of Chicago Botanic Garden, Healthcare Garden Design Certificate of Merit Program, “Bumps Along The Way. Case Studies 4”. 2009.
  • Landscape Institute, Arnold Arboretum, Boston, Massachusetts, “Why Therapeutic Landscapes?” 2009.
  • Landscape Institute, Arnold Arboretum, Boston, Massachusetts, “What is a Therapeutic Garden?” 2009.
  • Landscape Institute, Arnold Arboretum, Boston, Massachusetts, “Therapeutic Gardens Case Studies”. 2009.
  • School of Chicago Botanic Garden, Healthcare Garden Design Certificate of Merit Program, “Bumps Along The Way 3, Case Studies”. 2008.
  • School of Chicago Botanic Garden, Healthcare Garden Design Certificate of Merit Program, “Bumps Along The Way 2, Case Studies”. 2007.
  • School of Chicago Botanic Garden, Healthcare Garden Design Certificate of Merit Program, “Bumps Along The Way 1, Case Studies”. 2006.
  • Gardenview Lecture Series, Burlington, VT, “Design of Therapeutic Landscapes”. 2005.
  • School of Chicago Botanic Garden, Healthcare Garden Design Certificate of Merit Program, “Therapeutic Garden Design”. 2005.
  • Morris Arboretum, University of Pennsylvania, “Healing Gardens Seminar”. 2004.
  • School of Chicago Botanic Garden, Healthcare Garden Design Certificate of Merit Program, “Healthcare Garden Design”. 2004.
  • School of Chicago Botanic Garden, Healthcare Garden Design Certificate of Merit Program, “Business Success”. 2003.
  • Build Boston Annual Convention, “Reality of Project Delivery for Senior Housing II”. 1999.
  • Massachusetts ALFA Regional Conference, “Reality of Project Delivery for Senior Housing”. 1999.
  • American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Conference, “Therapeutic Gardens, A Vital Link to Wellness in the 21st Century”. 1999.
  • American Horticultural Therapy Association National Conference, “Therapeutic Garden Design”. 1997.
  • American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Conference, “Design of Restorative Landscapes for Alzheimer’s Patients”. 1996.
  • New England Conference Providers of Homes & Services for Aging, “Gardens and Bottom Line”. 1996.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease National Education Conference, “Design Enhancements Including Gardens”, Co-Presented with Patrick Mooney. 1995.
  • EDRA National Conference, “Healing Gardens & Alzheimer’s Disease”. 1995.
  • University of California Davis Research Symposium, “Landscape Design Methodology for Alzheimer’s Disease”. 1994.
  • New England Conference Providers of Homes & Services for Aging Conference, “Resident Environments for Dementia”. 1994.

Authored 

  • Hoover, R., 1999.  “Sedgewood Commons Case Study”.  See Chapter 9, Alzheimer’s Treatment Gardens, authored by John Zeisel and Martha Tyson.  Pages 480-488 of Healing Gardens: Therapeutic Benefits and Design Recommendations.  Edited by C. Cooper Marcus and M. Barnes.
  • Mooney, P. and Hoover, R., 1996.  “The Design of Restorative Landscapes for Alzheimer’s Patients”, Proceedings of the American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. Pages 50-56.
  • Hoover, R., 1995.  “Healing Gardens and Alzheimer’s Disease”, American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Related Disorders, Volume 10, Pages 1-9.
  • Hoover, R., 1994.  “Healing Gardens and Alzheimer’s Disease”, The Healing Dimensions of People-Plant Relations.  Proceedings of a Research Symposium.  University of California, Davis.  Pages 283-293.