Global planning and design firm, PGAV Destinations, has promoted Stacey Ludlum to Director of Zoo & Aquarium Planning and Design.
In her new role, Ludlum will be guiding the firm’s design of animal-related facilities.
She will also be leading the visioning of the future of zoological parks and developing marketing strategies for expanding PGAV’s international footprint.
Zoo & Aquarium Planning and Design
“I truly believe in the power of zoos and aquariums to affect positive change in this world, ” said Ludlum.
“I am deeply honoured to have worked with so many incredible zoo and aquarium teams around the world. Their work for animals and their natural habitats inspires me every day. It keeps pushing to create more powerful and engaging experiences that innovate our industry.
“Tomorrow’s champions for conservation are visiting our work today. Zoos and aquariums help shape society’s relationship with the natural world. It’s incredibly challenging, humbling, and important work.”
Working with PGAV Destinations for 13 years, Ludlum has played leading roles in the design of innovative animal habitats promoting wellness, including PGAV’s three AZA Exhibit Award-winning exhibits.
“It’s incredibly important to me that we provide [resident animals] with an enriching place to live out their lives – and equally important, to tell their stories, ” adds Ms. Ludlum.
On behalf of PGAV, she has been instrumental in the long-term planning at Big Bear Alpine Zoo, the Tulsa Zoo, Brookfield Zoo, Georgia Aquarium, Discovery Cove, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and many more.
She annually represents the firm through speaking engagements at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the China Association of Zoological Gardens.
She is a talented designer of beautiful spaces and a powerful proponent of animal welfare and education
“Stacey is an incredible member of our team. She is a talented designer of beautiful spaces and a powerful proponent of animal welfare and education, ” says Mike Konzen, Principal and Chair at PGAV. “She shares a contagious passion and enthusiasm for the industry, and I look forward to her continued drive to raise PGAV’s exceptional capabilities.”
Ludlum is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology with a concentration in Zoo and Aquarium Science, and earned her Master’s in Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State University.
Previously, she has interned at the Cincinnati Zoo and Binder Park Zoo. She currently oversees PGAV’s conservation volunteer programme, PGAVia, and serves on the AZA Membership Committee and Commercial Member Advisory Board. She is a frequent writer on the firm’s blog, as well as her own popular industry blog, Designing Zoos.