Neive Tierney

Neive Tierney

Los Angeles, CA, US

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A love for plants and creating art has always been a part of who I am. My undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Biology from New York University set the stage for an interest in landscape architecture. It was in New York that I became fascinated with how the wild interfaces with the urban environment. I am interested in how we can mimic natural processes to design cities that improve upon environmental issues and increase people’s quality of life. 

As a student of Ayerveda and Yoga, I am also passionate about the healing and meditative benefits of nature and built landscapes. 

Ilse Crawford, the esteemed interior designer, said: “Design is a skill to enhance our humanity.” I believe in this statement, and understand it to mean more than the human connection, but also altruism towards other living beings and our planet.


RIOS, Los Angeles, CA, US, Landscape Designer

Sep 2017 - Mar 2019

Studio-MLA (formerly Mia Lehrer + Associates), Los Angeles, CA, US, Intern

Developed extensive iterations for paving, bench and wall studies of a large public park
Drew transverse elevation drawings of entire park for schematic design phase
Created graphics and layouts for various proposals and presentations
Conducted shade studies for urban park using Rhino

Jul 2017 - Sep 2017

Terrain Studio, San Francisco, CA, US, Intern

Assisted on design development phase of a large-scale park in China
Drew section and elevation drawings for construction documents
Developed detail drawings of stairs, benches, light fixtures and hardscaping

Jul 2016 - Aug 2016

Landscape Architecture Foundation Case Study Initiative, Austin, TX, US, Research Assistant

Responsible for collecting data for three LAF Case Study Investigations (CSI)
Authored the three CSI reports and corresponding method documents
Formulated methods for measuring landscape performance

May 2015 - Aug 2015

City of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, US, Recycling Specialist

Managed the City’s commercial recycling and compost programs
Provided waste management consulting for 100+ businesses
Conducted over 50 educational presentations, both in English and Spanish
Composed training manual for new hires
Collaborated with team responsible for designing marketing materials

Nov 2010 - Feb 2013


The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, US, Masters, Masters of Landscape Architecture

Jun 2014 - May 2017

New York University (NYU), New York, NY, US, Bachelors, Environmental Studies

Minor in Biology

Aug 2005 - May 2009


ASLA Certificate of Honor Award, Award

Voted by local professionals from a group of graduating students selected by professors.


ASLA Excellence Award for Student Collaboration,, 1st Place

Award for a design/build studio, RISE- Gulf Coast DesignLab


AIA Merit Award for Student Design, Award

Award for a design/build studio, RISE- Gulf Coast DesignLab


Areas of Specialization