Laura A. Schwanof, RLA

Landscape Architect/Ecological Practice Leader


    B.S., Forest Biology, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry

Registrations and Licenses

    Landscape Architect, NY No. 001479-1

Training and Certifications

    OSHA 40-Hr. Hazwoper
  • Methodology for Delineating Wetlands & Winter Wetland Identification
  • USFWS Fish Passage Training
  • NYSDEC Stormwater Trainee (SWPPP Inspector) - SWT#47T-091013-47

As GEI’s Ecological Practice Leader for the northeast, Ms. Schwanof collaborates with multiple GEI branch offices and mentors junior staff. She lends support in ecological inventory, endangered and threatened species surveys, wetland assessment and delineation, environmental permitting, watershed and conservation planning, habitat enhancement and management, and site restoration services. She has 39 years of related work experience and is licensed and registered as a Landscape Architect in the state of New York. Ms. Schwanof is adept at preparing landscape restoration designs, technical specifications and details, oversight of field installations, and development of stormwater management, erosion, and sediment control plans.

Her professional design skills have been acutely focused on wetland and coastal shorefront restoration projects that protect rare species, promote indigenous plants, and incorporate innovative bioengineering techniques wherever practical and feasible. She has conducted training programs for universities, professional organizations, Land Trusts, and the Cooperative Extension Program focused on habitat analysis, wetland restoration, and living shorelines.