Chief Strategist of the Big SandBox, a non-profit organization formed to support small-scale neighborhood efforts and grow them into large system-wide community change. We help build sustainable, healthy communities through educational, cultural and historically grounded projects and initiatives that improve the physical and emotional well being of children, young adults and citizens of all ages.
A Philadelphia native, Lois is a landscape architect (M.L.A., University of Pennsylvania), tenured professor at the University of Colorado, and principal leader in the Learning Landscapes (LL) project in Denver. LL is a $50 million design and construction initiative that in 2012 completed 96 elementary schoolyards over a 12-year construction schedule. It’s mission is threefold: 1) design and construct environments for healthy living; 2) empower children and communities through school and after-school activities, community organizing, healthy eating and active living, and 3) evaluate and research these activities in a comprehensive manner. Lois's knowledge and experience in schoolyard development has kickstarted similar initiatives in other cities, most recently in Philadelphia.