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Philip Howard Lewis Jr., FASLA. Lewis was widely known for his commitment to the protection of natural resources and to building public awareness of environmental issues. He worked to create a more holistic understanding of landscape systems both in academia and the public sphere. Lewis was also a pioneer in digital mapping and was given the ESRI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 for his early advocacy of computer graphics in regional design.
Gary A. Brown, FASLA, says of his late colleague:
“He was always looking at the big picture and the patterns on the landscape created not only by development, but also by its many natural features unique to the region.” Following the completion of his MLA at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1953, Lewis returned to his home state to direct the Recreation and Open Space Study for the state of Illinois. He also taught at the University of Illinois, where he had completed his BLA.
Later in his career, he transitioned to a professorship at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he went on to be named chair of the landscape architecture program. He retired in 1995 and had the title of professor emeritus. Among Lewis’s many notable projects is the Lewis Nine Springs E-Way, a conservation corridor in Dane County, Wisconsin.
The seven-mile-long project embodies his vision of a regional planning strategy that celebrates local ecology and culture. During his tenure as a professor at the University of Wisconsin, Lewis advised and mentored a generation of professionals, emphasizing a pragmatic sense of environmental responsibility. Ken Keeley, ASLA, a landscape architect and former student of Lewis, says that he “had an undying optimism about the work that he was doing and the work that landscape architects could do.”