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Vanessa Walton



Vanessa’s experience as a landscape designer ranges from small scale urban sites to large scale master planning efforts. Vanessa is continually inspired by the restorative benefits of spending time outdoors. She believes that thoughtfully designed landscapes can encourage positive physiological and psychological effects on people of all ages and abilities. At the University of Oregon she performed original research on designing outdoor environments for children with autism and sensory processing disorders. Vanessa also brings a strong interest in unique material and plant combinations to her work – elements that when carefully chosen can reveal a site’s history, enhance sense of place, and create thriving ecological systems.


University of Oregon, Master of Landscape Architecture, 2013

University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Environmental Design, 2007

Study Abroad, Havana, Cuba, 2006




University of Washington PAC Member, 2013 to Present
University of Washington / ASLA Mentorship Program, 2015

Passions: Vanessa enjoys running, hiking, and weekend adventures to local islands and mountains.

selected projects+

Sound Transit Roosevelt Station | Seattle, WA
Washington State University Troy Hall | Pullman, WA
Virginia Mason Medical Center Seattle Campus Master Plan | Seattle, WA
Southeast False Creek Neighborhood Energy Utility Center | Vancouver, BC, Canada
University of British Columbia Earth Sciences Building | Vancouver, BC, Canada