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"It is not enough to speak, but to speak true."
A Midsummer Night's Dream | Act V, Scene 2
Certainly, the same can be said of effective design. Through the use of clearly-stated, refined gestures, such works captivate the mind, engage the senses, and stir the spirit. In turn, they beckon the viewer to become a participant.
Whether the project involves landscape, graphic, or botanic elements, it is my privilege to interpret and express each client's truth in order to create designs that resonate within.
Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, Chicago, IL, Designer
Responsible for assisting with the conceptualization and implementation of site-specific planting designs employed in a range of projects including Chicago’s Michigan Avenue seasonal median displays, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, as well as urban and suburban residential landscapes (climate zones 4 through 10).
Jayson DeGeeter Design, Chicago, IL, US, Landscape, Botanic, and Graphic Designer
Dominican University: Grotto Landscape | River Forest, Illinois; 2013 – present
Serving as a volunteer consultant for the site’s restoration, with particular attention to its reimagined role in the community.
Conner • Rosenkranz Residence: Master Plan | Woodstock, New York; 2010 – 2013
Crafted and guided the installation of a landscape design that celebrates the site’s regional character.
Chicago Flower & Garden Show: Entrance Garden, Hope & Healing Garden | Chicago, Illinois; 2012
Created two feature garden designs, oversaw their installation, and interpreted the landscapes for event visitors.
Economou Partners: Hotel Indigo Terrace Landscape | Fort Myers, Florida; 2008
Developed pool deck design, lounge area configuration, and rooftop landscape planting plan.
SavATree, Bedford Hills, NY, US, Affinity Marketing Manager and Art Director
Following SavATree’s acquisition of Autumn Tree Care Experts (ATCE), responsible for promoting the merged company’s landscape stewardship services to residential and commercial markets in New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Midwest. Rejuvenated the company’s brand image and invigorated relationships with non-profit organizations.
Autumn Tree Care Experts, Inc., Northbrook, IL, US, Director of Marketing
Responsible for the company’s branding, marketing, and public outreach initiatives. Contributed to the firm’s expansion from service areas on Chicago’s North Shore and in the Northwestern Suburbs into the City, the Western Suburbs, and the Fox Valley. In concert with the work of a dedicated sales team, increased profitability by 270%.
Heffernan Morgan Event Design, Chicago, IL, US, Floral Design Assistant
Chelsea Home & Garden, New York, NY, US, Sales Associate
Steve Schultz Landscaping, Morton, IL, US, Office Manager, Sales Associate, and Crew Member (summers)
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, IL, US, Masters, Landscape Architecture
Studio Professors: Ted Wolff (Wolff Landscape Architecture); James Patchett, Gerould Wilhelm, David Yocca (Conservation Design Forum); Chris Pommer, Lisa Rapoport, Mary Tremain (PLANT Architect); Eric Ellingsen
Independent Ultimate Studio: Contemporary Landscapes of Contemplation (Peter Osler, Advisor)
Dominican University, River Forest, IL, US, Bachelors, Fine & Performing Arts, Religious Studies
Member, External Communications Committee. Illinois Chapter, ASLA; 2011 – present, Other
Member, American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA); 2010 – present, Other
Featured Artist, Law Offices of Marshall, Gerstein, & Borun, LLP. Sanjay Sharma, Curator, Other
Docent and Site Photographer, What’s Out There Weekend. The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Other
Volunteer, Design for a Living World Exhibit and Public Education Campaign. The Nature Conservancy, Other
Professional Marketing Award, Brochure Design Category. Tree Care Industry Association, 1st Place