I am a creative, versatile, and practical designer (yes, you can be all three), always taking into account the client's desires, program needs and the site opportunities and constraints. All of my experience at firms taught me to approach each situation as unique, I don't do 'cookie-cutter' design. Yet I’m fiercely dedicated to creative solutions that work.
I have always had the heart of a teacher and enjoyed mentoring young professionals. I taught classes for a while on how to take and pass the Landscape Architecture Registration Examination.
Since I have a vast array of experience on different project types, I can (and will) take on just about anything. My superpowers are working in low impact development, sculptural grading, hardscape and native and adapted species planting. I will also accept any opportunity to collaborate with other great design minds, and I look forward to many more great clients to come!
Having a military mom, I grew up all over the United States and also lived in Europe. After I graduated college, I lived in Asia and worked in Bangkok and Singapore. Denver feels the most like my ‘hometown’, but I have lived in Hawaii nearly three times longer than I’ve lived anywhere else. So this is home for me and my family.
By working as a collaborative member of your design team, I can work on site plans that have loads of site constraints and program needs. I enjoy working with architects and engineers to create a better design than any of us could invent alone. But if you are past that point and just need strictly planting and irrigation design, I can handle that too.
Above all I am a team player and I do my best work when part of a collaborative team. I will suggest ideas that may push the typical design boundaries, but I’m fully aware and can yield to of all of the typical constraints including: site, selected design direction, and budget. (See that's the 'practical designer' part.)
I strive to always be professional and advocate for the best design solutions, no matter from where those ideas originate. Over the years, I’ve also learned to keep things in perspective, as design is very subjective, and good ideas have a way of coming back time and time again. It’s wise to keep a sense of humor and persevere.
I originally chose this profession because of my love for pools and water features. From Adult pools to Ohana pools, I can create relaxing, simple clean lines to a flurry of fun and tropical excitement and the planting plans to match. I typically collaborate with pool builders on pump systems and pipe layout.
Over my years of experience I gained a love and expertise in sustainable design strategies. I will always be thinking of reliable ways to reduce water consumption and better integrate the needs of people with the stewardship of the land. My specialties are Low Impact Development (LID) strategies such as native planting, drought tolerant planting, permeable paving, bio-infiltration or rain gardens, naturalized planting, rainwater catchment irrigation, grading for aesthetic stormwater solutions, living roofs and more.
I’m a licensed landscape architect in Hawaii and Arizona. As a member of American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) I have served on the Executive Committee for a number of years and held the office of President of our local chapter in 2007. I’m a LEED accredited profession in Building Design + Construction (LEED BD+C) as well as an accredited Green Roof Professional (GRP). For my full resume, you can see it here: LinkedIn
Currently I work with an external team of consultants that give me the backing to deliver on very large projects. We have worked together on a variety of other projects and built a reliable working relationship. They are hard-working and dedicated and I rely on them as part of my larger team network.