My love to create and design started well before I ever thought of creating a career. I grew up in Edmonton in the same family home my whole life. We always had an amazing yard thanks to my mother; well my dad did help a bit with the grass. It was always a yard you wanted to be in, large, private, fun to entertain, and cozy, so cozy, full of trees, plants and life.
I originally wanted to be an architect, design buildings and live in a fancy downtown loft. But my love for drawing threw me into a different direction. I did pen and ink artwork all through high school even had it displayed in galleries around Edmonton. I became increasingly interested in pursuing a career as an artist. This passion for art was brought to a high school counselors’ attention. I was then suggested to look into the LAT program, I instantly fell in love with the idea.
I came across the LAT program at NAIT. I excelled with the residential side of design, connecting with people and creating their dream space came easy to me. The moment I graduated at NAIT, I started working at Greentree. I became Greentree’s first designer and soon started designing hundreds of projects each year. Growing more and more every year I began to read and work with my own design team.
I have worked as a consultant on numerous legal disputes regarding land expropriation elevating the residential industry standard
- Designed healing gardens for senior citizen complex
- Designed edible gardens for elementary school education programs
- Designed a memorial garden with a reflecting pool
- Worked on green roof design/construction projects
- Developed a yard for clients with disabilities
Now with the combined knowledge of the construction background and a designer background, I have been able to take care of every aspect of the project. This career has been everything I could ever ask for, the ability to create and design, innovate and change my industry is so exciting. The best part is, it doesn’t feel like a job to me. It feels more like another part of me, something that I can do so naturally. There is nothing more satisfying than being able to design spaces for clients that create that feeling I had growing up with an amazing yard. My scope is ever growing in a career that I will always want to be a part of.