Erin Putalik, PhD, RA


Erin is a licensed architect and architectural historian, and an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia. She has worked as an architectural designer on large public and private sector projects as a member of Williams and Tsien Architects. Her historical research focuses on environmental history of forests and the industrial production of timber and wood products. She studies forest and wetland migration and the human practices that intervene in those climate-driven processes. Erin’s expertise ensures PROOF Projects are historically and culturally sensitive and can meet historic preservation requirements and be successful in a climate-changed future.

Sean Burkholder


Sean was the lead primary investigator of the Healthy Port Futures project, a member of the Dredge Research Collaborative, and is a collaborator with the US Army Corps of Engineers Engineering with Nature program. He is also active with the Great Lakes Dredging Team. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Landscape Architecture where he co-directs the Environmental Modeling Lab. Sean focuses on large-scale landscape infrastructure in coastal and lacustrine environments. He is an expert in the field of emerging and novel ecosystem creation, and the use of plants and sediment and structures for the creation of natural infrastructure, public space, and habitat.

Brian Davis, PLA, FAAR


Brian is a licensed landscape architect and an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia Department of Landscape Architecture, where he co-directs the Natural Infrastructure Lab. Along with Sean he conceived and led the Healthy Port Futures project. Brian is a member of the Dredge Research Collaborative, and he is a collaborator with the Engineering with Nature program of the USACE. Brian is an expert in coastal-urban morphology and in landscape construction technology, and has written widely on cultural landscapes in the Americas. His work has been recognized by the Western Dredging Association, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, and the American Academy in Rome.