Liz Dafoe

Registered Landscape Architect
Certified Playground Safety Inspector


Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

Michigan State University, 2006

Professional Activities:

American Society of Landscape Architects
Children's Outdoor Play Environments Professional Network Officer
Woman in Transportation, Greater Chicago


Liz’s work has centered on parks and recreation design since 2006. Her experience includes park and playground design, sports fields, grants, accessibility audits, and transition plans. She has completed park development from concepts through construction drawings for a variety of sites and communities.  Throughout her career, Liz has brought her love of play to work. Liz has been with Upland Design since 2011.


Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center Master Plan & Phase I Construction: Olympia Fields, Illinois
Kishwaukee Health and Wellness Center Site Master Plan: Dekalb, Illinois
Carpenter Park Master Plan, OSLAD and Phase I Construction: Carpentersville, Illinois
Shabbona Park Playground Renovation & Splash Pad: Chicago Park District
Wheeler & Weaver Park Playground Renovation: Geneva Park District
Quad City Multi-Modal Station Concept Plan: Moline, Illinois
Senka Park Renovation & Artificial Turf Field: Chicago Park District
Homer Township Public Library Landscape: Homer Glen, Illinois
Baker Woods and Ellis Equestrian Center Site Improvements: Kendall County Forest Preserve District
Health Science Center Landscape at Black Hawk College: Moline, Illinois
Morrill and Leland Elementary School - Sustainable School Sites and Playgrounds: Chicago, Illinois
Hiawatha Park Playground Renovation and Splash Pad: Chicago Park District
Fox River Native Shoreline Landscape at John Hill & Mcnamee Parks: Carpentersville, Illinois
Buckingham Memorial Fountain Renovation: Chicago Park District
Herbert Rubinstein Memorial Garden at The Oak Park Conservatory: Oak Park, Illinois