Norman Jellybean is a goofy sweetheart with extensive experience in romping and rolling. He has spent nearly as many hours in studio as his owner and sometimes asks to take over the design work so we can just finish up and go home already.
Yoshi Silverstein is a landscape designer, writer, and educator. He holds over twelve years' experience in both Jewish and secular outdoor, food, farm-based, and environmental education. He specializes in exploring the Torah of Place through design and education. His written work has been published in ArchDaily, ASLA's The Dirt, Haaretz, and Green Prophet, and featured in Planetizen, ArchNewsNow, and the American Planning Association.
Yoshi recently completed his masters degree in landscape architecture at the University of Maryland. His interdisciplinary thesis project, Parchment to Touchscreen: Landscape Journey and Experience for 21st Century Learning, creates innovation in place-based learning. The approach combines landscape design for outdoor learning environments with collaborative curriculum development with Jewish day school educators. (Read it here!) Yoshi was Summer Communications Associate at the American Society of Landscape Architects, where he wrote numerous articles for The Dirt, revised and updated the ASLA Guide to Green Infrastructure, and co-edited ASLA's Landscape Architect's Guide to Sustainable Portland, which will launch in October 2014. He was also landscape architecture intern with the Neighborhood Design Center in Prince George's County, who provides pro-bono design and planning services in support of community-sponsored initiatives.
Previously, Yoshi was Education Director at Kayam Farm at Pearlstone (now the fully integrated Pearlstone Center) – a leader in the field of Jewish agricultural and environmental education – and has worked for the Teva Learning Alliance as an Educator and Program Coordinator. As a Dorot Fellow in Israel, Yoshi studied at the Pardes Institute for Judaic Studies in Jerusalem, and studied Permaculture Design, Eco-Village Design, and Natural Building at Kibbutz Lotan. He has worked in numerous capacities at Jewish summer camps around the US and built his foundations as an environmental educator in the Pacific Northwest at Olympic Park Institute, the McCall Outdoor Science School, and the WaterLife Discovery Center. His experience includes inquiry-based outdoor ecology programming, outdoor trip leading (particularly camping, backpacking and canoeing), teambuilding and ropes course training, songleading, and martial arts. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Abby, and pup, Norman Jellybean.
Yoshi Silverstein, MLA, Assoc. ASLA
Founder, Lead Designer-Educator