Norman Palacious is a landscape designer who was born and raised in the Bahamas. He completed his associates of science degree in architecture from the University of the Bahamas, where he first discovered his passion for stormwater management and the desire to connect people to nature. Since then, Norman has completed a master’s degree in landscape architecture at the University of Minnesota with a focus in stormwater management and design equity.
Prior to joining Asakura Robinson, Norman served as the volunteer coordinator for Alpha Minnesota’s ACT Preparatory Program which has been serving underprivileged youth in the community for over 20 years by helping to increase ACT test scores, life skills, and expose high school students to college life not portrayed in media. In his professional career, he has worked with Damon Farber Associates, Juxtaposition Arts and the City of Saint Paul, Public Works Department. Outside of work, he enjoys photography, cooking caribbean dishes and volunteering with mentorship programs associated with education or the field of Landscape Architecture.
Where do you get your design inspiration from?
It comes from my background as an islander.
If you could work on a project anywhere in the world where would it be?
The Bahamas; the Caribbean is still very new to sustainable design.
What project are you most proud of?
Austin State Hospital- the design intentions for each courtyard.