Joshua is a design practitioner, researcher, and educator working in the realms of sustainable placemaking, community activation, and urban resilience. His project-based experiences have demonstrated how design and land planning have the power to reconnect humans to one another and to the natural world, subsequently helping cities address the faces of climate uncertainty, resource scarcity, and social isolation.
Since 2001, he has practiced as a professional designer. Since 2008, he has been teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and working as a designer and researcher in the fields of planning and landscape architecture. Throughout all, his work aims to foster human connections to natural systems. Further, his work supports a transdisciplinary approach to problem solving, and implements a combination of design thinking and systems thinking to help change the world for the better.
During Joshua’s 12 years of professional experience, he has been a member of a diverse array of design and planning teams, working long hours on countless projects. To start to tell the story of his career to date, please refer to the enclosed works posted to this site and to his LinkedIn profile here:
Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Vancouver, BC, CA, Staff Designer & Planner
Seeking another opportunity to understand the public sector component to the pursuit of urban sustainability, Joshua joined the ranks of the Vancouver Parks Board. His work thus far has fittingly ranged from to producing several schematic designs for community allotment gardens and open spaces, to mapping exercises, and a survey of the 160+ Vancouver playgrounds to improve universal design, access to nature, and physical literacy amongst youth.
OLIN, Philadelphia, PA, US, Designer, Green Infrastructure Intensive
As one of the few to be accepted, Joshua spent the summer helping to progress the green infrastructure agenda of OLIN. The keystone was the creation of a precedent project for the Philly public school system to illustrate how to capture 100% of rainwater on site and use it to transform the grounds into a teaching, learning, and food-growing space. Work also gave him opportunities to contribute to green infrastructure solutions in Austin, Tokyo, New York City, and Napa Valley in California.
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Adjunct Faculty
Over the span of six concurrent semesters, Joshua brought his BA in industrial design and years of diverse experience to classrooms as an adjunct member of the design school faculty. He introduced non-designer graduate and undergraduate students to the profession of industrial design. He taught and advised fourth-year students a response to a public call for good design and helped juniors and prospective freshman alike to develop their thinking, researching, and making skills at the human scale. In addition, he was the design team project manager for a research project titled, Innovation Oakland, with the Remaking Cities Institute.
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Principal Designer & Field Staff
With hands in soil, Joshua found a role at this non-profit as a half-time laborer, half-time designer. Contributions to the creation of outdoor public school classrooms, a regional green infrastructure toolbox, and a network of 140 community flower and vegetable community-maintained gardens began on paper and ended, realized with volunteers in the field.
LaQuatra Bonci Associates, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Principle Designer
Widened his career path to test his skill set on a macro level and within the built realm. Joshua brought new thought and new business to this landscape architecture firm while learning the arts of the charrette and the master plan. Above all, he uncovered the power of design to direct land use and ultimately drive the impact humans have upon on the planet. This position would begin initiate his transition from human-centered to community- and regional-centered design.
Kolano Design, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Head of Product Design & Environmental Graphic Design
Joshua began his career here as a multidisciplinary designer and rose quickly through the ranks from staff designer to head of product & environmental graphics. Here he learned how to don many different hats, carry small-firm burdens, and get things built or manufactured under budget without compromising vision.
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, CA, Masters, Masters of Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, US, Bachelors, Industrial Design
Associates in Illustration
Focus in Environmental Studies