I love nature. I always wanted to find a way to bring nature to my living environment.
Planting a Sycamore tree in a garden, for instance, is simple. However, creating an ecosystem & micro-climate that would support the Sycamore tree and other coexisting habits requires knowledge and experience. This pursuit of making a connection to nature led me to the field of landscape architecture. I was able to hone in on my keen sense of style as a result of growing up in a family textile business. From an early age, texture, light, and colors were part of the everyday vocabulary in my household. One of my favorite childhood games that I played with my father was being able to guess the trends and contents of fabric samples simply by touching it. It was this foundation that harvested an intuitive aesthetic for which I feel celebrates the unique character of each project site.
I bring 17 years of professional experience in a wide range of landscape architectural & residential projects, including estates, and civic and high-density. I received my Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. As a result of my studies at Cal Poly Pomona, I became in tune with the inextricable link of the California landscape with ecological and sustainable design. For instance, Landscape architects nurture communities and create a context for sustainable living. Of which, water conservation, energy and efficient materials play a critical role. After completing the program, I spent 4 years becoming trained and mentored by one of the world's most renowned Landscape Architects, Isabelle Greene, FASLA from Santa Barbara, California. Isabelle holds the distinction of being the only Landscape Architect to be showcased in the Smithsonian Institution. While at EPT Design in Pasadena, I served as project manager and lead designer for many notable projects ranging from private estates to Hotel & Resort.
In any design, I carefully choose indigenous plants based on soil & solar exposure, and other hardscape materials based on geographical location. For example, I choose plants that are low-water use and drought tolerant that would do well in each specific climate zone in Southern California. Also, I choose hard surface materials that are permeable & harvested from the local region to prevent excessive runoff that would recharge groundwater and reduce carbon footprints. In a design-oriented field, I feel privileged to play a role in addressing the great issues of our day: climate change, sustainable communities, water conservation, housing and urban beautification.
In addition to considering the unique palette of California plant communities as inspiration, fashion and modern art also serve to influence me in bringing about sophisticated landscapes. I feel that my style captures a true sense of an urban oasis in modern living, ranging from classical to contemporary venues. My work has been featured in various publications including LA Times. Most recently, in the company of five designers (consisting of architects and interior designers), I was selected to be the only Landscape Architect to be highlighted for the 2013 ad campaign for the website & online design community, Houzz.com.