Katie completed a Landscape Architecture BA (Hons) degree at the University of Gloucestershire specialising in design for public realm. Whilst working towards becoming a Chartered Landscape Architect she is gaining experience on a wide variety of projects.
Whilst completing her undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture, Katie developed an interest in the dynamics of public space; how the interactions between people and nature fit within an urban setting and how landscape architects can play critical role in the future of our green spaces.
With a sketchbook in hand, Katie is at home mapping out quick ideas and observations to ascertain solutions to enhance a site. She excels at working collaboratively and understands the importance of communication in achieving successful designs.
A love of drawing and an artistic background means Katie is more than willing to experiment conceptually making her a playful designer with an eye for detail. She finds fulfilment in bringing the whole picture to life, from plan to a 3D visualisation, either digitally rendered in Photoshop or with a set of watercolours.
As part of her university final year design project, Katie envisioned a mixed-use urban park to transform what was a disused flood plain known as ‘Alney Island’ in Gloucester. The aim was to implement an ‘art with nature’ model to both increase the site’s biodiversity and create a social hub for the city with a new art gallery and outdoor amphitheatre.
A particular interest that inspired her dissertation includes the impact of public art within landscape; especially how street art can fit within an urban setting and how we can nurture creativity. Recognising that our environment is critical to our social, mental and physical wellbeing, at the core of Katie’s work.
In this year’s RHS Tatton Park Garden Competition, Katie assisted her fellow university team members to build their gold medal winning long border, with a creative sensory herbal bath experience, which gave her the taste of the high standard required to compete with top young designers.
With work experience designing an amenity space for a distribution centre in Daventry, Katie produced a concept masterplan with a supporting design report that showcased a wildflower meadow. Alongside design work, Katie is competent in generating detailed AutoCAD construction drawings to support ideas as she produced a technical package for Surrey County Council for an attenuation pond proposal.