Nate Heavers is a native of the Northeast U.S., where he has lived and worked in a variety of places from New Hampshire to Virginia. He is currently an assistant professor of landscape architecture at Virginia Tech in Alexandria, Virginia. His research and design focuses on the role of plants, especially trees, in the built environment of the Northeast, considering their ecological and cultural significance. In 2013, Nate won First Prize in the Casey Tree Farm Masterplan Design Competition with a multidisciplinary team from Virginia Tech. He was a finalist with professor Laurel McSherry in the Peace Corps Commemorative Design Competition in 2015 and completed a design with Dr. Paul Kelsch for the Springsbury Arboretum at the Casey Tree Farm in 2016. His interest in designing and creating landscapes began on his family’s farm in Charlestown, Rhode Island, which he continues to manage. Nate has helped clear over 20 acres of secondary forest for sheep pasture, built over one mile of dry laid stone walls, and raised a timber frame house and several barns.
Nate taught previously at the University of Pennsylvania, the City College of New York, and Rutgers University. He holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania (2009), where he received the John Dixon Hunt Prize in History, Theory, and Criticism. Before graduate study, Nate was the gardener at The Cloisters Museum in New York and the horticulture manager at the Washington National Cathedral in D.C. In 2000, he received a Bachelor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a Certificate in Visual Arts from Princeton University.