Martha Tyson


Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

University of Minnesota Twin Cities, 1987


Master of Landscape Architecture

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1992


Professional Activities:

Therapeutic Landscapes Network



Martha has practiced landscape architecture for over twenty-five years specializing in human factors in design. Martha has focused her career on design and research of early childhood, healthcare and senior living communities.  Martha joined Upland Design in 2012. Martha worked with a number of private firms in Wisconsin and Illinois prior to joining the firm. Martha is the author of The Healing Landscape: Therapeutic Outdoor Environments (Parallel Press 2007) and articles on garden design for the elderly.  Her work is featured in books and journals including Landscape Architecture Magazine. Martha is an accomplished public speaker at universities and professional conferences.


When Martha is outside, she enjoys spending time at Lake Michigan and in Door County Wisconsin at the many state and county parks.

Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital – Therapeutic Rooftop Garden:

Chicago, Illinois

Selected as a pilot project by the City of Chicago Department of Environment in 2002, Martha was the principal designer of this rooftop garden that provides a green oasis for patients, active therapeutic venue for staff and supportive environment for family members. The garden brings nature to an urban hospital and serves a full range of ages and abilities. The garden supports active and passive use.

Lake Forest Montessori School – Outdoor Learning and Discovery Park:

Lake Forest, Illinois

Martha was the project manager responsible for the design and installation oversight of a natural woodland, prairie and wetland setting for children from preschool to elementary school. The project included classroom gardens where younger children planted and tended vegetables. Older children studied the various plant communities and were responsible for the community garden.  Council rings and open lawn areas served as outdoor classrooms.


Baptist Hospital East – Courtyard Plaza, Entry Garden & Rooftop Garden:

Louisville, Kentucky

Martha collaborated with an architecture firm on the patient centered design for a series of landscaped gardens and rooftop garden at an infill hospital site. The architecture provides views from indoor waiting rooms. Martha’s designs create comfortable outdoor seating options for families, staff and patients. Plantings and green wall features help to soften and cool the building surface adjacent to chemotherapy treatment rooms. A main entry garden includes a path, perennial beds and benches.