Bob Fox (L), Martin Ping (center), Herbert Dreiseitl (R).

Bob Fox (L), Martin Ping (center), Herbert Dreiseitl (R).

Hawthorne Valley Association is thrilled to welcome Herbert Dreiseitl to its Board of Trustees. Dreiseitl is a sculptor, artist, landscape architect, and interdisciplinary urban planner. World renowned for his groundbreaking contemporary designs in the fields of urban design, urban hydrology, water art, storm water management, planning, and landscape architecture, Dreiseitl founded the firm Atelier Dreiseitl in 1980. A hallmark of his work is the inspiring and innovative use of water to solve urban environmental challenges, connecting technology with aesthetics, and encouraging people to take ownership for and care of places.

In 2013, Dreiseitl merged his firm with the Ramboll Group, and he is now responsible for the Liveable Cities program within the Danish engineering consultancy. As the director of Ramboll’s Liveable Cities Lab, he runs workshops and pilot projects to encourage cities to implement better solutions to current urban challenges, helping them become more resilient.

Dreiseitl is also a visiting professor at the National University of Singapore. He lectures worldwide and has authored many publications including three editions of Recent Waterscapes, and Waterscapes Innovation: Planning, Building and Designing with Water.

“We are honored that Herbert accepted our invitation to serve on Hawthorne Valley’s Board of Trustees,” said Martin Ping, Executive Director of Hawthorne Valley Association. “I have known and worked with Herbert for many years and am always uplifted and inspired by his imagination and insight. Herbert incorporates extraordinary ecological awareness, astonishing aesthetic appeal, and a highly refined sense for healthy social processes in engaging citizens to design and create generative, livable cities and towns.”

Dreiseitl joins a stellar Board which includes: Board President Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, Levy Institute Research Professor at Bard College, a Senior Scholar at the Levy Institute, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Bard Prison Initiative; Secretary Elaine Khosrova, founding editor-in-chief of culture, a quarterly national consumer magazine and website dedicated to covering the origins and producers of specialty cheese and dairy, and author of Butter, A Rich History; Treasurer Tom James, Provost, Dean of the College, and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Professor of History and Education in TC’s Department of Arts and Humanities; Mary Cleaver, one of the country’s foremost authorities on sustainable food and local sourcing, and the founder and owner of The Cleaver Co. and The Green Table; Bob Fox, one of New York’s most respected architects and sustainability leaders, and a foremost authority on green buildings, he is founding partner of COOKFOX Architects and Terrapin Bright Green; Stephanie Lazar, public health policy and advocacy expert with a passion for environmental sustainability, biodynamic farming, and social justice, she recently developed strategies and implemented programs to improve children’s health on behalf of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the US Agency for International Development, and UNICEF; Christina Lowery, leader of Girl Rising, an organization dedicated to promoting the education of girls worldwide; Irene Mantel, former Teacher, School Administrator and Director of Admissions at the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC; and Laurie Sackler, a pure food and clean water advocate/activist with a lifelong interest in landscape and ecology. For complete Board member bios, please visit