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Leah Erickson

leah@swiftcompany.com

biography

As a native Northwesterner, Leah is deeply invested in the diverse communities and wild landscapes throughout the region. Employing her background in art, ecology, and landscape theory, Leah’s design work explores the use of native plants and their form as tools for meaningful place-making. With an extensive knowledge of plants, she designs for whole ecosystems, where color and texture encourage people to engage with their natural environment. Throughout her academic and professional career, Leah has been active in her community through volunteer and leadership work. Leah currently volunteers with the ACE Mentor Program (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) to engage high school students with careers in the design profession. She has previously worked with the Seattle Parks Foundation and is committed to issues of environmental justice and equitable access to green space. 

education+

University of Virginia, Master of Landscape Architecture, 2012

University of Southern California, Bachelor of Art, Art History and French, 2004 

University of Washington Extension, Certificate in Environmental Law and Regulation, 2008

activities+

Associate Member ASLA
Washington Native Plant Society, Member
Native Plant Society of Oregon, Member
Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, Member
ACE Mentor Program, Puget Sound Affiliate, 2015-2016

Passions: In her free time, Leah enjoys the great outdoors – either on mountain trails, urban strolls, or in the garden. Her other interests include cooking, sewing, and playing card games. 

selected projects+

Troy Block | Seattle, WA
Sound Transit Northlink Light Rail, Northgate Station | Seattle, WA
Master Plan Vision, Pratt Fine Arts Center | Seattle, WA
Healing Garden, University of Virginia Hospitality House | Charlottesville, VA