David Hopman, ASLA
BRIT Research Associate
Master of Landscape Architecture, The University of Texas at Arlington
Master of Music, Southern Methodist University
Bachelor of Music, The University of Memphis
David Hopman has been working with BRIT primarily on the development of what he calls “Aesthetically Qualified Native Urban Polycultures”. These intermingled plant groupings are intended for a wide variety of metropolitan conditions in North Texas as a way to create a better balance between aesthetics, environmental services and local ecology. A primary point of contact has been Beck Grimmer. Becky is leading the installation of a test polyculture David designed in a bioretention structure in the BRIT parking lot. In addition, he has worked with Jason Best to create a database to house the polyculture information being created by his research assistants at UT-Arlington.
Since accepting the position as a professor at the Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture at The University of Texas at Arlington in 2004, David Hopman, ASLA has energetically pursued a faculty role bridging practice and research. The courses he teaches reflect his research interests in plant materials and ecology, ecologically performative landscapes, landscape aesthetics and critical regionalism, and computer visualization. Professor Hopman designed and implemented the first extensive green roof in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in 2008 above the Life Sciences Building at UT-Arlington. He was in charge of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) certification for The Green at College Park on the UT-Arlington Campus; one of the first three projects worldwide to receive certification in February of 2012. This important certification system is being developed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, The National Arboretum, and The American Society of Landscape Architects as a landscape corollary, with or without buildings, to the USGBC LEED certification system.
Landscape architecture practice experience as a registered landscape architect includes Kings Creek Landscaping, Huitt-Zollars, Inc., RTKL, Mesa Design Group, Inc., and a current independent practice. Recent projects include; Master plan and prairie management and restoration plan for Blackland Prairie Park in Arlington, Texas (with DFL Group), green roof design for Forest Park Medical Center (with David C. Baldwin, Inc.), The Plano Environmental Education Center landscape (with David Rietzsch and Associates), and consultation on the planting design for the Bush Presidential Library in Dallas (with Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates).
The University of Texas at Arlington
Program in Landscape Architecture
601 W. Nedderman Drive
Arlington, TX 76019-0188