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educator , Landscape architect , urban designer

Iris Ann Miller, American landscape architect, urban designer, educator. Travel research grantee Catholic University American, 1978, 79; grantee Government France, 1985, National Education Association (2), 1982, 92; recipient Program Development award Catholic University American, 1978.


Miller, Iris Ann was born on January 6, 1938 in Pittsburgh. Daughter of Bernard and Sadye (Topel) Ress.


Bachelor of Science cum laude, University Pittsburgh, 1959. Master of Education in Secondary Education, University Pittsburgh, 1961. Postgraduate in psychology and counseling, University Maryland, 1968.

Master of Architecture, Catholic University America, 1979.


Teacher various public and private schools, Pittsburgh, Monroeville, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Maryland, 1959-1961, 63-64. Free lance landscape design Washington, 1965-1981. Architecture design and research O'Neil and Manion Architects, Bethesda, Maryland, 1979, 81.

Architecture design and drawing Frank Schlesinger Architects/Planners, Washington, 1979-1980. Principal Iris Miller Urbanism and Landscape Design, since 1982. Consultant architecture design Washington, since 1982.

Visiting lecturer Catholic University American, Washington, 1983-1986, visiting assistant professor, 1987-1993, adjunct assistant professor, 1993-1996, adjunct associate professor, since 1997, director landscape, architect studies, 1986-1989, director landscape studies, since 1990. Urban design consultant Techworld, Washington, 1984-1986. Development director Technology 2000 Museum, 1985-1986.

Director, presenter lecturer series resident associate program Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 1982, 83, 85, 87, 89, 98. Director, founder 7th, 8th and 9th Saints Group Streetscape project, Washington, 1986-1989, others. Founder Charrette urban design seminar, Washington, Dallas, Alexandria, Virginia, St. Louis and Cleveland, 1982-1989.

Initiator, participant Sarasota (Florida) Regional Urban Design Assistance R/UDAT Team, 1983, seminar National Gallery Art, Washington, 1984, National Arboretum, 1988, symposia Catholic University American, since 1987. Invited jury panel, Fulbright Travel Awards, 1997-1999. Lambda Alpha International Honorary Society, since 1998;facilitator/panel North Capital St./Fruxton Circle Charette, 2001.

Invited panel Japan Triennial Echigo-Tsumari, 1999, 2000. Speaker, team leader McMillan Reservoir Charrette, Washington, 1999. Appointed member District of Columbia Downtown Partnership Streetscape subcommittee, 1989-1991, District of Columbia Interactive Downtown Task Force Streetscape and Traffic subcommittee, 1996.

District of Columbia Stakeholder Signage Subcommittee, since 1997, District of Columbia Stakeholder Traffic Subcommittee, 1998, District of Columbia Stakeholder Streetscape Subcommittee, 1999. Co-founder, co-chairman Brookland/CUA Neighborhood Improvement Partnership, since 1999. Founder, co-director symposium.

Library. of Congress, 1995. Director symposium District of Columbia Interagy. Task Force Seminar on Streetscape and Signage, 1995.

Director, member steering committee numerous conferences in field. Invited participant Congress for New Urbanism, since 1994. Program speaker United States Embassy Amman, Jordan, 1992, International Council on Monuments and Sites, 1992, 93, University Virginia, 1993, Ecole Nationale Superieure du Paysage/Versailles, France, 1993, University Osaka, Japan, 1993, 95, 96, 97 Tokyo Institute of Technology University, 1993, Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan, 1998, State University of New York, Buffalo, 1994, University Colorado, Denver, 1994, Mayors Institute on City Design, St. Louis, 1994, Tongji University, Shanghai, China, 1995, 97, Tsinghua University, China, 1995, 98.

Jury critic Catholic University American, 1980-1999, University Puerto Rico, University Virginia, 1993, Tsinghua University, China, 1998. Instructor ceramics, Bethesda, Maryland, 1975-1976.


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  • Other Work

    • Author, co-editor: (book) Urban Design: Visions and Reflections, 1991, Capital Visions: Reflections on a Decade of Urban Design Charrettes and a Look Ahead, 1995, (map and text) Visions of Washington: Composite Plan of Urban Interventions, 1991. Author: District of Columbia Streetscape & Signage Resource Manual, 1996. Co-author: Retrospective Catalogue: Collegiate Exhibition for Excellence in Urban Design, 1997, Washington In Maps, 2002.

      Contributor articles to professional journals. Landscape design featured in major landscape architectural journals in United States and Japan, 1998, 2000. Featured nationally in Associate Press articles on fragrant landscapes, 1999.

      Curator, author exhibition and catalogue on Washington Maps Sumner School Museum, 1987, 92, University Maryland, 1993, Embassy of France, 1993, State University of New York Buffalo, 1994, University California, Berkeley, 1994, University Toronto, Canada, 1995. Curator, author exhibition ACSA Annual Meeting, Montreal, 1994. Co-curator, author exhibition and catalogue Octagon Museum, 1987.

      Project director, curator Paris-Washington Exhibition, since 1987. Exhibitor, installation, Tokyo, Japan, 1997. Recent residential and other landscape projects include University Club Washington, 1997-1998, Salle de Fete Site Plan, Francheville, France, 1993, Kahn Residence, Arlington, Virginia, 1993-1994, Marks Residence, Silver Spring, Maryland, 1993, Nesse, Lewis Residence, Silver Spring, 1992, Friedman Residence, Washington, 1992, Drysdale Hershon Residence, Washington, 1991, Miller Residence, Washington, since 1990, Sexton Residence, Kenwood, Chevy Chase, Maryland, 1990, 95, Romano Residence, Fairfax Station, Virginia, 1989, Mushinski Residence, Bethesda, Maryland, 1989, 8th St. Mall Washington, 1987-1988, Mishkin, Jennis Residence, Bethesda, 1988, Cramer Residence, Bethesda, 1988.

      Recent home design and renovations include Sexton Residence, Chevy Chase, 1994, Miller Jayapal Residence, San Francisco, 1993, Marks Residence, Silver Spring, 1993, Miller Residence, 1991, Washington, Mishkin Jennis Residence, Bethesda, 1988.


Co-chairman stamp committee Bicentennial Washington, 1987-1990. Founding member Washington Network, 1986-1989. Member advisory panel L'Enfant Forum, Washington, 1987-1990, History Georgetown Foundation, 1989-1990.

Trustee John Jay Sexton Fund for Local Government Studies, School Public Affairs, University Maryland, College Park, 1983-1993. Director, founder Public-Private Partnership and University Scholarship Outreach Inner-City High School Program, Catholic University American, Washington Public Schools, since 1985. Director, founder Intern Exchange Program Landscape Architecture France-United States of America, Catholic University American, University Virginia, Friends of Vieilles Maisons Francaises, 1991-1998, study-travel Asia Architecture/Landscape Scholarship Fund, since 1998.

Director, co-founder Intern Exchange Program Landscape Architecture China-United States of America, Catholic University American, Tongji University, Shanghai, since 1995, Osaka University, Japan, since 1996, Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan, 1998-1999. Historic landscape committee United States/International Council on Monuments and Sites, since 1990. Active Cultural Alliance Greater Washington, National Trust Historic Preservation, Ikebana International, His.

Society Washington, National Museum for Building Arts. Alumni council School Architecture and Planning, Catholic University American, since 1986. Member committee on environment Congress for New Urbanism, since 1994.

Member American Institute of Architects (associate, national, regional and urban design exhibition and panel, chairman education subcommittee 1987-1996, secretary education subcommittee since 1997, chairman, founder data base on design education and urban design, chairman education conference 1983, chairman newsletter 1993, education committee District of Columbia chapter 1981-1983, Charrette co-chairman, program development award 1982), Association Collegiate Schools Architecture (speaker Northeast region conference 1989, speaker annual meeting 1991-1992, chairman panel since 1989, chair Collegiate Exhibition for Excellence in Urban Design since 1990, author conference proceedings 1991-1993, Citation for Urban Design 1993, 95), American Society Landscape Architects (Potomac chapter strategic planning committee 1994-1995), American Planning Association, United States-International Council on Monuments and Sites (program speaker 1987, 92, 93, history landscapes committee), Friends Vieilles Maisons Francaises (program speaker 1987, 92), Friends of Vieilles Maisons Francaises, Congress for New Urbanism (committee on environment since 1994), Alpha Epsilon Phi (president District of Columbia alumni 1965-1967).


  • Other Interests

    Photography, japanese flower arranging, tennis, jogging.


Married Lawrence Alan Miller, January 24, 1959. Children: Bradley Stuart, Richard Lyle, Stefan Ress.

Bernard Ress

Sadye (Topel) Ress

Lawrence Alan Miller

Bradley Stuart Miller

Richard Lyle Miller

Stefan Ress Miller