Principal / Landscape Architect

Mimi Burns | Landscape Architect | Dekker/Perich/Sabatini

Mimi strives to create memorable, resilient places for her clients and their communities that connect people to nature. Her designs evolve from each site - reflecting the project’s unique historical, cultural, and environmental context. Mimi stumbled upon Landscape Architecture while at SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry. “I thought I was going to be a forest ranger or a lawyer for the Sierra Club, but found out that the solitude of a ranger’s life freaked me out and I wasn’t any good at law. Landscape architecture made use of the science classes I had behind me, was aligned with my love of the outdoors and had strong connections to the social sciences and the arts.”

Mimi enjoys the creative and collaborative atmosphere at D/P/S and finds joy in creating new and better ways to design and construct beautiful, sustainable landscapes that improve people's lives.

Publications + Presentations

> Creating Healthier Environments for Teaching and Learning

> Get Up! Get Out! Get Well! Parks and Recreation Design Grounded in Science

> Park Design for Community Health & Wellbeing

> Resilient Parks

> Don't Rock Your World - Create a Living Landscape

> Preserving Our Parks + Conserving Water Resources

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“Landscape architecture aligns with my love of the outdoors, science, and art.”

Professional Credentials

Registered Landscape Architect: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, Utah

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional

WELL Accredited Professional

SITES Accredited Professional

Healthcare Garden Design Certificate, Regenstein School, Chicago Botanic Garden, 2013

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Member

Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB), Member

Urban Land Institute (ULI), Member

National Recreation and Park Association, Member

Sandia Preparatory School, Former Trustee

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Foundation, Former Board Member

Leadership New Mexico, 2016 Core Program Graduate


Master of Landscape Architecture, Cornell University

Bachelor of Science, Environmental Studies, State University of New York - College of Environmental Science and Forestry