ASLA, Landscape Architect with USDA Forest Service
Mike Hill's career has been devoted to engaging diverse communities through design and construction, education, environmental stewardship and sustainable development. Notable projects include a conceptual scope of work and schematic design report for La Mina Recreation Area, El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico; scenic resource impact analyses on multiple forests; design for interior greening project, to promote patient and staff well-being at a DC-area nonprofit healthcare provider; developing a comic book explaining access equity with FS educational partners; organizing DC-area Every Kid Outdoors efforts; and schematic design through full construction package for Phase I of a major campground redesign on the Kaibab National Forest, just outside of the south gate of Grand Canyon National Park. Prior to joining the Forest Service, Mike was Outreach Programs Coordinator at the National Building Museum and Executive Director of Shaw EcoVillage, both in DC.
Mike received his BS in Architecture from the Catholic University of America in 1987 and his Masters in Landscape Architecture from Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center in 2011, where he was awarded the Stanley Abbott Award for best landscape architecture thesis. In 2012 Mike was named Community Outreach Person of the Year by the DC Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals and Black Landscape Architects’ Network.
Mike lives and works in DC with his wife Mychalene and daughter Lucia. When they are not visiting museums, listening to podcasts or cooking (overly complicated) dinners, they are joining friends and family for game nights, long hikes in the many parks in the DMV, or beach trips to Maryland and New Jersey.