Founded in 1910, Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM) is the monthly magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects. It is the magazine of record for the landscape architecture profession in North America, reaching more than 60,000 readers who plan and design projects valued at more than $140 billion each year. LAM is available in both print and digital formats by subscription and may also be found each month in more than 200 bookstores across the United States and Canada. To reach the editorial or advertising departments, visit the contact us page. Information about advertising is also available online.
Meet the Staff
Bradford McKee, Editor
Brad has been the editor of LAM since April 2010, when he joined ASLA and began a total redesign of the magazine during its 100th year. Before coming to LAM, he worked as a freelance writer for 10 years, including six years as a contract reporter for the New York Times. He was also a contributing editor to Architect and I.D. magazines during that period, and worked for several years part-time at a Maryland nursery. His design journalism career began in 1993 when he joined the magazine Architecture, where he eventually became a senior editor and then editor-at-large until the magazine closed in 2006. In 1992, he began reporting for the weekly Washington City Paper, and served as the paper’s arts editor from 1997 to 2000.
Lisa Speckhardt, Managing Editor
Lisa is LAM’s managing editor and also writes the Goods column. Lisa has a degree in journalism and has focused her work on subjects related to the environment. Before joining the magazine’s staff in 2000, she edited and wrote for Friends of the Earth magazine and the Ecological Economics Bulletin. She started her career as an editor for Taylor & Francis, where she worked on books and journals.
Chris McGee, Art Director
Chris has been LAM’s art director since September 2008. Chris was the magazine’s design associate from 1995 to 1998, and served as art director for two Economist Group publications, Traffic World and Air Cargo World in Washington, D.C. He also spent four years in Chicago, where he was art director of a number of health care publications in both Chicago and Milwaukee.
Lisa Schultz, Associate Editor
Lisa is an associate editor for LAM and is responsible for copyediting the magazine and blog. Before coming to ASLA in 2006, she worked on the copy desk at Legal Times and as a freelance publications consultant for labor union and nonprofit clients. She has a BA in English with a concentration in writing from West Virginia University.
Jennifer Reut, Associate Editor
Jennifer writes and edits for the magazine and the LAM blog. Before joining LAM in 2013, she taught and practiced in historic preservation and architectural history for 10 years, with a particular focus on 20th-century landscape history and digital humanities. She worked in book publishing and interactive advertising in New York for 12 years before returning to graduate school to obtain her doctorate in architectural history from the University of Virginia in 2011.
Katarina Katsma, Staff Writer
While earning her BLA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Katarina worked as an Aquatic Plant Maintenance Seasonal Staffer for the Chicago Botanic Gardens and as a Horticulture Intern for Bernheim Arboretum. After practicing in St. Louis for a year, she left for Sheffield, England, where she received her master’s degree in landscape architecture at the University of Sheffield. After her studies, she traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia with fellow Sheffield graduates, cofounding The Secret Garden Atlas, a landscape traveling blog centered on the discovery and identification of unique and unknown landscapes around the world. She joined the LAM staff as a writer/editor in 2014.
Michael O’Brien, Publisher and Chief Financial Officer
Michael O’Brien became the publisher of LAM in December 2014. A native of Niagara Falls, New York, he joined ASLA in 2009 as its chief financial officer and continues in that role as well. Michael is a graduate of the State University of New York College at Geneseo with a B.S. in Accounting. He also obtained the Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) certification and the Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA) certification from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Before joining ASLA, Michael worked for CFO To Go and Price Waterhouse (currently PricewaterhouseCoopers) in various management, auditing, and accounting roles.
Daryl Brach, Senior Sales Manager
A native of Milwaukee, Daryl graduated from the University of Wisconsin and has studied executive management and marketing at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, the University of Chicago, and Northwestern’s Kellogg School. A longtime sales veteran in the AEC industry, he spent much of his career as Group Vice President of Marketing for McGraw-Hill’s Construction Information Group, which publishes Architectural Record, Engineering News-Record, Sweets, and Dodge.
Gregg Boersma, Sales Manager
Gregg is originally from Connecticut and graduated with a BA in marketing from Babson College. He has spent his entire career in magazine publishing, including positions in New York City with Outside, This Old House, and Fast Company magazines. Prior to joining the ASLA staff in 2012, Gregg was the Advertising Sales Director for Sail and Power & Motoryacht magazines. While he is an avid sailor, cyclist, and skier, his greatest passions are dogs and photography.
Kathleen Thomas, Sales Manager
A native of Pennsylvania, Kathleen earned a BA in English Literature from St. Lawrence University, and at mid-career, has just received her MBA from Georgetown University. She has spent her entire career in publishing, including positions with American Artist and Restaurant & Hotel Design. Kathleen helped launch GOVERNING magazine and spent six years establishing it as a must-read for public officials across the country. She also worked for 10 years at the Magazine Group (now McMurry/TMG).
Vivian Thompson, Sales Specialist
Vivian processes the magazine’s advertising sales contracts, which constitute nearly one-third of ASLA’s annual revenue. Before joining ASLA’s staff in 2009, Vivian worked at Discovery Communications and in business-to-business publishing with Hanley Wood LLC, publisher of more than 25 titles and websites in the housing and construction market. She holds a BS in marketing with a minor in communication from the University of Maryland University College and an MA in communication from Johns Hopkins University.
Sarah Berger, Production Manager
Sarah joined the ASLA staff as the Production Assistant in 2012 and was quickly promoted to Manager. Previously, she worked at the University of Baltimore managing promotional communications for the Achievement and Learning Center. Sarah earned her BS in television/radio from Ithaca College and her MA in publications design from the University of Baltimore.