Kelsey is excited to return to Asakura Robinson after two years of working with TBG Partners in Austin. She had previously interned in Asakura Robinson’s Urban Ecology Studio, while completing a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Carleton College. Kelsey believes in landscape architecture’s potential to improve public and ecological health, and keeps the goals at the forefront in all her work as a designer. She is particularly interested in the tactile and temporal dimensions of landscapes, and in the intersection of landscape architecture and regenerative agriculture. Kelsey is excited to work with a team of designers and planners who do not shy away from engaging with issues of equity and environmental justice.
Kelsey was born in Detroit, raised in North Carolina, and lived in Minnesota and Wisconsin before settling in Austin. Her personal goal for 2020 is to develop an amaro recipe entirely from foraged native Texas plants. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys fiddling with her garden and hiking with her two dogs.
Where do you get your design inspiration from?
The way the color and textures of plants change throughout of seasons, and taking long walks around my neighborhood.
If you could work on a project anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Right now I’m most excited to work in Austin, and so I can see the impacts in my local community.
If you had a superpower to make a bigger impact on communities/ cities/ or environments what superpower would you have?
I’d love to ratchet up everyone’s collective empathy a degree or two across the board. I’m pretty sure there’s no such thing as too much empathy.