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PGAV Destinations’ Stacey Ludlum Promoted to Director of Zoo and Aquarium Planning and Design

PGAV Destinations’ Stacey Ludlum Promoted to Director of Zoo and Aquarium Planning and Design

Recognized Zoo & Aquarium designer expands global impact


stacey-cropped-in(St. Louis, MO – December 13, 2016) – The global planning and design firm PGAV Destinations announced that Stacey Ludlum has been promoted from Zoological Designer and Site Planner to Director of Zoo & Aquarium Planning and Design.

In her new role, Ms. Ludlum will be guiding the firm’s design of animal-related facilities, leading the visioning of the future of zoological parks, and developing marketing strategies for expanding PGAV’s international footprint.

“I truly believe in the power of zoos and aquariums to affect positive change in this world. I am deeply honored to have worked with so many incredible zoo and aquarium teams around the world whose work for animals and their natural habitats inspires me every day to keep pushing to create more powerful and engaging experiences that innovate our industry,” says Ludlum. “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.”

“Stacey is an incredible member of our team: 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.”Working with PGAV Destinations for 13 years, Ms. 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

Stacey Ludlum presents to a group of Wash. U. Alberti Students at the Saint Louis Zoo
Stacey Ludlum presents to a group of Wash. U. Alberti Students at the Saint Louis Zoo

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, and annually represents the firm through speaking engagements at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the China Association of Zoological Gardens.

Ms. 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 program, 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.


About PGAV Destinations
PGAV Destinations is a global leader in the planning and design of unique destinations. Now entering its sixth decade, the practice has evolved to become the ideal destination-consulting partner, skilled at developing growth-oriented master plans and translating those plans into successful projects. No other firm offers such an integrated approach to destination planning.

PGAV’s key clients include industry leaders such as Delaware North Companies, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, the Biltmore Companies, Bass Pro Shops, Ameristar Casinos, Universal Studios, The Gettysburg Foundation, the Saint Louis Zoo, and many others. Recent assignments include planning and design at many of the world’s “must see” destinations, including the Grand Canyon, Biltmore Estate, Space Shuttle Atlantis, Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, the Georgia Aquarium, the Hoover Dam, and SeaWorld Adventure Parks.

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