Joy Glasier RLA, LEED AP
Associate / Senior Landscape Architect
In college, Joy Glasier took an environmental economics course that presented a situation in which two groups had differing ideas of what to do with a large area of forest; one wanted to conserve it, while the other had a good idea of how to use the area. As an environmentalist, Joy initially wanted to side with the former group, but found that both groups' ideas were valid and well-thought out. The experience made a huge impression on her and since then, Joy has learned that she takes great pleasure in finding balance and nuance in solutions to these types of complex and challenging issues.
She brings this open and inquisitive mindset to her wide range of project types and scales, which include new town design, urban redevelopment, campus master planning, transit-oriented development, and site-specific design for urban streets, plazas and parks. The nature of her work positions her to act on her deep interest in sustainable design and leverage her LEED professional accreditation.
Joy also opens up about her enjoyment of campus planning, which ensures the complex components of a higher education facility meets user needs such as the campus’ relationship to the greater city context and the creation of an environment that is sustainable, comfortable and supportive of teaching and learning. She cites the University of California Berkeley Global Campus Long Range Development Plan as one such example.
Because this particular campus was designed to serve two entities – UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - the project team had an additional objective of creating an environment that will foster the collaboration that is essential to discovery and innovation. For Joy, it was a unique opportunity to master plan a new campus from the ground up. She then had the pleasure of seeing the UC Board of Regents’ approval of the development plan broadcast on the news.
Joy leverages her professional expertise on behalf of her community through her long-time membership in SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association), a non-profit research, education and advocacy organization that promotes good planning and good government in the San Francisco Bay Area. It brings people together from across the political spectrum to develop solutions to the big problems the Bay Area cities face. She appreciates the “amazing work” they do and always learns something new through their events and publications.
Away from the office, Joy continues to express her creativity through music and dancing. She is a classically trained musician, and also was a DJ for many years. Even today, dancing is still so much fun that she can't wipe the smile off her face, quoting “You've got to dance like there's nobody watching.” She also considers herself a ceramic artist and considers it to be a wonderful mix of creative outlet, meditation, and community-building.
Prior to joining BMS Design Group, Joy was a Landscape Designer with HOK Planning Group in their San Francisco office. She obtained her Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of California – Berkeley and her BA in Cultural Ecology from Grinnell College. While there, Joy studied abroad with the Students for International Training (S.I.T.) program in Cameroon, Africa.