Lead Research Assistant
I am a Bachelor of Architecture 2023 candidate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
My undergraduate design work explores land-driven building design in search for a deeper understanding of the relationships between the human and non-human ecosystems set within their native cultures and territories. I share an impassioned curiosity with my colleagues for interdisciplinary research that questions the convergence of landscape design with the underlying scientific research and philosophical grounding. This work transcends the project scale and has not only inspired a continuation in my academic career through a Master of Landscape Architecture degree, but has also challenged me to a standard of ecological cognizance, accountability, and advocacy within all creative pursuits.
I am interested in pharmacognosy in relation to the cultivation of medicinal plants and the designed reinterpretation of the medicinal landscape in an uncertain climate future. A toggle between speculative visuals and theoretical writing composes the workflow within my research on plant humanities. I have explored with my colleagues historical narratives and the evolution of scientific understanding embedded within critical plant-human interactions taking place. Tangentially, I have taken interest in horticultural botany as it fosters a physically intimate and visceral dialect between culture and territory.