• Architecture

Heather Heimarck


Heather Heimarck, ASLA, RLA is a lecturer in the School of Architecture at Northeastern University.  Heather teaches core courses in the Urban Landscape curriculum including Site Planning and Sustainable Site Construction and Detailing.  Heather’s courses focus on introducing student’s to site planning, manipulating landforms (grading), managing stormwater, green infrastructure, and landscape construction.  Students learn about constructed landscapes with an understanding of ecological and physical principles with an eye to the human experience, sustainability, and place making.  Heather’s students work in a variety of modalities ranging from field observation, to freehand drawings, drafting and computer graphics.

Heather is an experienced educator and practitioner of landscape architecture.  Heather is the founder of HighMark Land Design (link www.highmarklanddesign.com).  HighMark Land Design is a landscape architecture firm that focuses on environmentally and aesthetically informed design on a variety of scales ranging from private residential to larger institutional and public works.   The firm has the ability to engage in design build as well as traditional construction bid practices.  From 2007-2015 Heather was a principal at the award winning firm, Heimarck & Foglia, LLC as well as director of the Landscape Institute– at both its Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and Boston Architectural College locations.  During this time she was responsible for leadership and cultivation of certificate programs in landscape design, landscape design history, planting design, and landscape preservation as well as lecture series, workshops, and conferences on a variety of current landscape design and preservation issues.

Heather has a MFA from the University of Michigan, and a MLA from Harvard University where she received the Janet Darling Award.  Heather is licensed to practice landscape architecture in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Heather’s is very proud of her advocacy work to promote social and environmental justice by providing design services to a variety of underserved populations through local grass roots organizations as well as involving Community Outreach Group for Landscape Design (COG) projects in the classroom and in her professional practice.


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  • Harvard University Graduate School of Design


  • 2010 Prism Award with Zero Energy for Innovative Single Family Green Home
  • 2010 AIA/BSA Sustainable Design Citation for a project with Zero Energy Design Architects
  • 2014 4 awards and 2 ribbons for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society's team exhibit at the Boston Flower & Garden Show
  • 2015 Boston Living with Water Competition- People's Choice Award
  • 2017 "Black Spaces Matter" Traveling Exhibit featured Abolitionist Row Park Design

Professional Experience

  • Licensed landscape architect in Massachusetts and Rhode Island
  • Lecturer, Educator, Practitioner

Past Clients

  • New Bedford Historical Society
  • Coalition for Buzzards Bay
  • City of Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority
  • Performance Space for the 21 century, New York
  • USDAN performing Arts, NY
  • Oaktree Green Developers
  • Private Residences and Institutions

Courses Taught

  • Site Materials and Methods
  • Sustainable Site Construction & Detailing

Professional Affiliations

• American Society of Landscape Architects

• Ecological Landscape Alliance

• Community Outreach Group for Landscape Design (COG)


Research Interests

  • Environmental Factors on Human Wellness and implications for the design of outdoor spaces
  • Placemaking and Programming- the makings of successful places
  • Water Management Harvesting and Irrigation Strategies