John Hart Asher
John Hart Asher has been an environmental designer with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and a lecturer for The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture since 2009. His projects include the Mission Reach Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project in San Antonio, Texas, which transformed an 8-mile stretch of the San Antonio River into a quality riparian woodland ecosystem, and the Blanco River Design Guidelines, a design manual for Blanco River residents who were affected by the Memorial Day and Halloween floods of 2015, which received an award in 2016 from the National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies for excellence in communications.
Asher also worked on green roof design and implementation for Bercy Chen Studio’s Edgeland House, which was featured in Dwell and Texas Architect magazines and has won several awards, including Architizer’s A+ Jury and Popular Choice Awards, the 2016 Design Award of Excellence from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and the Texas Society of Architects 2016 Design Award. Edgeland House was also featured in Phaidon’s “Elemental Living: Contemporary Houses in Nature.”
Asher holds a bachelor’s in history from the University of Mississippi and a master’s in landscape architecture from The University of Texas at Austin, which awarded him a President’s Outstanding Staff Award in April 2018. His research interests include green roof design, urban prairies and ecology, sustainable roadside design, riparian restoration, sustainable water quality and detention practices, soil restoration/conservation practices, compost for restoration purposes, invasive species treatment and removal plans, and native plant species selection. He has a pocket prairie in his backyard that he enjoys each day with his wife, Bonnie, and their sons, Adler and Fen.