College Attended: Kansas State University
Degree: Master of Landscape Architecture
Year Graduated from College: 2016
Internships: Rosehill Gardens
Hometown Area: St. Joseph, MO
Family / Interests / Hobbies:
I grew up on our family farm in St. Joseph riding horses and spending as much time outside as possible. I have an australian cattle dog named Boom Boom and in our free time we love going on long walks and visiting my parents on the farm. I also enjoy spending my free time with family and friends, showing horses, crafting, hiking, and traveling to new places!
My favorite thing about Landscaping / Designing / Outdoors:
I love that the landscape can bring people and nature together. The landscape is always evolving throughout the different seasons and it’s beautiful to watch the changing colors and textures over the year. I also enjoy the design process with clients to help bring their landscape dreams to reality. I’ve been very interested in digital design and graphic presentations that allow clients to view 3-D models and images of their design. I love that the landscape industry offers this creative digital aspect because it can help clients visualize what their new landscape will look like once installed.
My inspiration for design and landscaping comes from many things, but traveling to different places and landscapes (natural or designed) has to be at the top of my list. I learn and gather so much inspiration when I am able to see and experience those places first hand. There are many styles and great design precedents all over the world and I am happy when I can apply those design styles and inspiration to a client’s design. Whether it’s exploring the different landscapes here in Kansas City or traveling to places such as New York City, Portland, and Europe; every place offers something new and exciting.
Who taught me my most valuable lesson and what it was?
Valuable lesson in life: My parents taught me to keep an open mind, be patient, work hard, and always make sure to enjoy the journey.
Valuable construction lesson: Always double check your scale when you are preparing construction drawings!
Valuable design lesson:
There are many lessons about design, but the most valuable lessons I’ve learned thus far is how a space can be transformed into a place. When designing, I always try to keep in mind how people will experience and use the new place through the different design elements and layers. No matter the size or context, every existing space has the opportunity to be transformed into a new destination for people to gather, experience and enjoy.
My ideal outdoor space:
Any outdoor space that has water or a fire feature nearby! Just a simple touch of a bubbling water feature or fire pit can add so much to a landscape.
What inspires me:
I love collaboration, so I would have to say the people that I work with inspire me the most. Whether it’s working with a client, my coworkers, or a crew, it’s very rewarding when you can work through the challenges and design concepts with other people to see that final product of a design and/or installation.
My favorite landscape style:
I’ve recently been intrigued with new modern landscapes that have clean lines and rhythmic planting designs, but I would say my all-time favorite type of landscape would be a naturalistic/rustic landscape. I love that this style can create balance and cohesion between the plants and landscape elements without looking too manicured. Large natural sweeps and massed drifts of colorful plants can add many textures to the landscape and make quite the impact as well.