Michelle is a Senior Designer with a focus on park projects in the Urban Ecology studio. Recognizing the role nature and public, open space have in our lives has inspired Michelle’s work for the past 15 years. Early in her career she spent time understanding the biology, ecology, and regulatory aspects of wetlands and riparian systems in the Mid-Atlantic states as an environmental consultant. More recently she spent the past 7 years as an Environmental Designer with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and a Capital Projects Manager at Waterloo Greenway Conservancy. In both roles she saw firsthand how urban conservation projects can shape communities and become lasting legacies of health and wellbeing in our cities.
Michelle likes bicycles, the way inland sea oats sway in a light breeze, Texas thunderstorms, and Hi-Chew candy (all flavors).
Where do you get your design inspiration from?
The hidden cues latent in the natural world around us and how we can express and celebrate those.
How do you have fun at work?
Sharing sweet treats with my fellow colleagues.
If you had a superpower to make a bigger impact on communities/ cities/ or environments what superpower would you have?
The ability to communicate with other living organisms and using that skill to plan/design for multiple species.