Originally from the Twin Cities, Sandy developed a love for the interaction between nature, science, and the built environment at a young age. Her favorite projects have been rooted in cultural and community based design, including riverfront planning work along the Minnesota River in Shakopee that brought together various agencies and stakeholder groups for the first time to discuss this culturally sensitive open space. Recently, work on the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library required in-depth sustainable materials research and in-situ design opportunities that Sandy found inspiring and meaningful. She remains fascinated at how each project process informs the next, and how everything is intertwined and interconnected.
Sandy has been heavily involved in local volunteer initiatives, and has served on the ASLA-MN Chapter Executive Committee as well as the local and national WILA groups. She has also been involved in the Step Up mentorship program, and enjoys participating in portfolio reviews at the University of Minnesota. Outside of the office, Sandy enjoys staying active in cycling and hiking, but balances things out with a growing hobby in baking. Sandy also comes from a background in the service industry and loves to talk all things food and beverage!
Where do you get your design inspiration from?
I really enjoy being out and immersed in nature – typically I find inspiration while out on walks, hikes, and bike rides. The beauty and functionality of nature is unparalleled and inspiring if you pay close attention to textures, layers, and seasonal changes to things. I’m lucky to live in a place where there are four distinct seasons, so inspiration is plentiful!
If you could work on a project anywhere in the world where would it be?
Definitely Patagonia – it’s not only my dream bucket list destination but designing within such a beautiful environment would be a dream.
If you had a superpower to make a bigger impact on communities/ cities/ or environments what superpower would you have?
To have the power of influence to help everyone want to go above and beyond to explore the potential in design – not just be comfortable with what’s been done before and keeping in that lane, but to be inspired to see what else is possible for a site.