In 1994 James Patchett founded CDF. In addition the professional team is led by three directors: 

Gerould Wilhelm, Principal Botanist/Ecologist

Tom Price, Principal Civil Engineer/Hydrologist

Jason Cooper, Principal Landscape Architect/Planner


The staff at CDF includes a diverse range of personal talents and professional education and experience. Our staff includes landscape architects, planners, environmental scientists, hydrologists, and engineers that are fueled by demanding projects. We foster a creative culture necessary to address challenging problems, to cultivate rigorous questions, and to seek creative pathways.



Are you looking for a hands-on real-world internship experience working for a leading firm?

Look no further! Conservation Design Forum is offering talented landscape architecture students and recent graduates a paid internship position in our Chicago area office (Lombard, Illinois). Work alongside landscape architects, planners, environmental scientists, hydrologists, and civil engineers.  CDF’s broad range of sustainably focused projects will expose you to site assessment techniques, community ecological and sustainable planning and design, construction documentation, and post-construction site stewardship. 

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We are solutions oriented thinkers. Decisions are made collaboratively. This is the “Forum.”

      Jim Patchett





Northwest Community Hospital Community Placemaking Charette



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