swift company

Simba Gu

simba@swiftcompany.com

biography

Simba’s background in horticulture, landscape, and urban design, has created a deep-rooted interest in integrating landscape into the urban environment for a more sustainable and resilient future. She is focused on understanding the flow between urban and rural, and studying how landscape and urban design can play a role in connecting people to space and connecting urban to nature. In that case, she is also especially interested in how the landscape can create a new foodscape to support the future population but also provide social and ecological value to the city. Simba’s previous working experience in D.C., includes community redevelopment, stormwater management and planting design at many scales. Simba also worked as Graduate Student Instructor both at UC Berkeley and UMich, tutoring Design and Innovation for Sustainable Cities Studio, the GIS-based Landscape Planning Studio as well as the Ecological Planting Design studio. Her previous academic and professional experience enables her to understand the context and create designs at a variety of scales.

education+

University of California, Berkeley, Master of Urban Design, 2019
University of Michigan, Master of Landscape Architecture, 2018
Cal State Fresno, Bachelor of Science, 2015

activities+

American Society of Landscape Architects, Student Member, 2015-Present

Graduate Student Instructor, University of California, Berkeley, 2019

Graduate Student Instructor, University of Michigan, 2017-2018

Passions: Sketching and watercoloring landscape. She loves walking through the landscape, so you might meet Simba in one of Seattle’s many parks.

selected projects+

Bellevue Fire Stations 5 & 10 | Bellevue , WA

DuPen Fountain Renovation | Seattle, WA

Federal Way Link Extension | Ferderal Way, WA

Federal Way Transit Center | Ferderal Way, WA