Chris Gent, PLA, ASLA, is principal of Urban Landscape Collaborative, llc, an award-winning practice focusing on designing sustainable, community driven public spaces and residential landscapes for developers, park districts, municipalities and homeowners.
For over 20 years, Chris worked in the public sphere designing landscapes, managing projects and providing consulting services for the Chicago Park District, the Department of Cultural Affairs or other City of Chicago agencies. In 2012 he left public service to open his own office in order to focus more directly on the creation of sustainable landscapes and open, community-driven processes for public spaces.
A registered landscape architect, Chris received his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Idaho. An active participant in his community, from 2012 – 2013 he served as president of the Illinois chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, from 2008 to 2012 he was co-chairman of the City of Chicago’s Streetscape Committee, and has served on numerous arts and culture boards. In large and small ways, Gent gives back to his community, supporting organizations that are involved in social justice, the elderly, and HIV/AIDS research, awareness,and prevention.