I am a recent graduate of PennDesign with a Masters of City Planning. My background in Landscape Architecture from Penn State University has guided my focus in design and planning. I have a passion for the realization of community strengths through the leverage of design. Through seven years of education and practice I have developed a diverse set of skills that help to transform ideas into believable products that can shift the perception of place. Please enjoy my personal works and keep checking back as I continue to develop the content on this site over the next week.
My core focus in design is in the field of Landscape Architecture and planning. Through these fields I hope to improve the quality of our environments.
Through my desire to improve capacity of designers to access the communities through which our products live, web design has become an integral tool in the communication process. This has spawned a passion for learning new techniques in web communication and design.
During the fall semester of my final year at the Pennsylvania State University, I took one of the most influential studios of my entire education. Under the direction of Professor Ken Tamminga, this studio tasked a group of classmates and myself with the role of designer in a severely disadvantaged neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The opportunity to work in such a diverse community that faces the worst of conditions and still finds the passion to try and find a way forward forever altered the way I view design. The work that was done in Larimer through my class was well recognized by the community and even the regional chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architecture. My personal work received the Design Honor Award from ASLA PA/DE.
In addition the collective work of this studio and others run by Professor Tamminga were showcased at the national level after becoming a finalist for the 2011 C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award. I was honored with the opportunity to play a role in the illustration of the passionate work that Ken Tamminga has been guiding through Penn State.
Credits for the production of the video go to a tremendous team from the Pennsylvania State University Public Broadcasting department led by Mindy McMahon.