Claire Hempel is a Principal with the Austin studio of Design Workshop. She has practiced landscape architecture, planning and urban design for the past two decades and oversees projects ranging from community visioning, park planning and design, to urban development at multiple scales and locations across the country. Claire is grateful to lead the Zilker Park Vision Plan, which will be completed in 2022. In addition to her daily work, Claire volunteers with the City of Austin Planning Commission, the Red Line Parkway Initiative, the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Urban Land Institute Public Development and Infrastructure Council.
Some of Claire’s best memories of Austin involve the Trail – from long walks with friends to getting out of the house with an infant and escaping to this amazing destination. The Trail is one of the city’s best assets and it takes a village to cultivate, maintain, and preserve this open space for generations to come.