Dr. James F. Palmer has had a distinguished professional career in landscape architecture spanning 40 years, focusing on the assessment of landscape character and aesthetic quality. Knowledge about identifying, assessing and manipulating the landscape’s visual character holds a prominent place in the practice of landscape architecture. Jim is among a handful of research landscape architects whose expertise has led the way in informing our scientific understanding of visual impacts, community landscape values, and other landscape aesthetics issues. Through publications, peer reviews, court expert testimony, and teaching he has raised the standards in the field by investigating the validity and reliability of landscape architectural research and professional practices. Jim has numerous publications on scenic impact analysis, including Foundations for Visual Project Analysis. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1986. He frequently consults on wind energy aesthetic impacts in the Northeast.
He has a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and a Master in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He conducted research and taught in the landscape architecture and environmental studies departments for 25 years at State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where he is now an Emeritus Professor. Currently he is the Principal of Scenic Quality Consultants in Burlington, Vermont.