I am a landscape designer and artist with a BA(hons) degree in Garden and Landscape Design and an MA in Art and Environment from Falmouth University in the UK.
Having worked and studied in England for six years, I have returned to the U.S. with the intention of progressing my career in landscape architecture. I have three years of experience running my own landscape design business while also taking up freelance design work two design practices in the UK, working on domestic and foreign projects both at the residential and commercial level. I have also taught and run the Design Communications module (including all IT requirements) for the Garden and Landscape Design higher education course at Cornwall College in England.
In 2011, I won the Royal Horticultural Society's Young Designer of the Year competition out of 300+ applicants.
As an artist, my work has focused on community art projects, being shortlisted for the Kew Gardens Edible Food and Fungi Festival 2013. I have also been the Intern for Strategic Development with River of Flowers, a social enterprise based in London which promotes the growth of wildflowers in urban areas.
Hybrid Space, Falmouth, Cornwall, UK, Freelance Landscape Designer
As a freelance designer for Hybrid Space, I am part of a team of six designers contributing to the growth of this new Landscape and Architecture firm.
My primary role is completing design drawings, specifications and visuals for client presentation and contractors. I also work closely with the principal designers on the development of schemes for both commissioned and tendered projects in the UK and abroad.
Matt James Garden Design ltd, Falmouth, Cornwall, UK, Freelance Landscape Designer
As a freelance designer for Matt James Garden Design ltd, I engage in all design projects the firm takes on, developing concept visuals through hand sketching, completing final visuals, plans and construction documents using AutoCad and Sketchup, producing professional presentations through the Adobe Suite, and completely overseeing the construction on site through to completion.
I manage many of the client and contractor relations, coordinating site visits, liaising with clients about all aspects of the design and build, and communicating with contractors regarding the detail design and build of all projects.
I also manage many of the firms outside promotional endeavours, for example coordinating the show garden projects the firm undertakes.
Daniela Coray Landscapes, Falmouth, Cornwall, UK, Owner/Principal
As owner and principal designer of Daniela Coray Landscapes, I bring in all design projects to the business, and carry them through from initial consultation to completion.
University College Falmouth, Falmouth, Cornwall, UK, Administrative assistant to the Mentorship Coordinator
As administrative assistant my key tasks involved supporting the mentorship coordinator through all office duties, including managing email accounts, being first point of contact for student queries and organising all necessary materials for the development of the student mentorship program at the University of Falmouth.
I was involved in heading up the mentorship department for the Design Center, managing a group of 8-10 student mentors in their duties.
I also coordinated the organisation of our yearly Mentor Meet-and-Greet event.
University of Falmouth, Falmouth, Cornwall, UK, Masters, MA Art and Environment
The Masters in Art and Environment was a studio-based fine art degree involving independent arts practice development under a rigorous programme of student-led critiques and workshops.
The masters involved a number of independent exhibitions, and culminated in a final professional arts exhibition. During the course of this degree I completed a show garden at the Royal Horticultural Society's Tatton Park Flower Show, winning a Gold medal while also seeing the garden re-built in Manchester, England as part of Manchester's Garden City Scheme.
University of Falmouth, Falmouth, Cornwall, UK, Bachelors, Garden Design: Arts and Environment
This BA(hons) Garden Design: Arts and Environment course involved a dedicated three-year program in garden, landscape and urban design. Taking place at an arts-specific university, the course had a clear focus on conceptual design development in a studio-based setting. However, being managed by a team of certified landscape architects and horticulturalists, the course had a strong grounding in architectural principles, detail design and construction.
During the course, students worked on a number of live projects with real clients, providing necessary real-world experience. We also had opportunities to undertake internships and/or build show gardens at some of the prestigious design shows in the UK.
Suffolk University - New England School of Art and Design, Boston, MA, US, Fine Art
Royal Horticultural Society's Young Designer of the Year, 1st Place
Gold medal, Tatton Park Flower Show, 1st Place