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.