I aspire to enrich people's daily lives through the beauty of designed natural and urban environments.
From almost the first moment I heard about landscape architecture, I have been in love with it. The profession incorporates so many of my passions: the great outdoors, environmental science and ecology, gardening, trees and plants, and design.
Now that I am adding urban and environmental planning to the mix, I have even more to discover and apply. Planning encompasses my curiosity for the complex issues that affect life in cities: from social justice to neighborhood health to transportation and sustainable systems. Necessarily, landscape architectural design always occurs at a particular place with a particular community in a particular environment. I see my planning degree as a chance to better understand the complexity of cities to become a more enlightened designer.
My areas of professional interest include urban design, community and family centered design sustainable design and development, healthcare and therapeutic design, parks and recreational design, and urban and community gardening, with a permaculture influence. I have previous professional experience at the Natural Learning Initiative, where I designed outdoor environments to spark curiosity and a love for nature in children who use them. I assisted and led many design projects including parks, nature centers, schools, child care centers, and gardens.