Born: Aug. 21, 1956.

Family: Wife Nancy, daughter Ingrid, 18, son Lars, 14.

Education: Bachelor of landscape architecture, University of Minnesota, 1980; master's of landscape architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 1986; Rome Prize Fellowship, American Academy in Rome, 1991-1992.

Professional experience: Director of landscape architecture, HGA, 1989 to 1998. Founded Oslund and Associates in 1998.

Major Twin Cities projects: Minnesota History Center, 1988; General Mills Master Plan, 2000; Winton Garden, 2004; Gold Medal Park, 2006; I-35W Bridge, 2009; Target Plaza, 2010; 35W Remembrance Garden, 2010.

Major projects elsewhere: Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, 2009; master plans for Carleton College, University of Minnesota, Duluth, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind.

Favorite public space: Millennium Park, Chicago: "The most successful piece of participatory art in the United States."

On the horizon: Oslund is competing with eight other landscape firms to renovate Peavey Plaza in Minneapolis.