LEWA Participants from top left: Joris Jun, Heather Scott, Sahar Badiei, Tamara Bonnemaison, Ivy Smith, Jenny Huang, Anna Thomas, Patrick Warshawski, Huan Pan, Teena Aujla, Dinara Ysufzyanova.
Xuan (Joris) Jun grew up in Nanjing, China, which was honoured as one of the most suitable cities for people to live. She holds a BSc in Forest resources management from UBC. Now, she is the graduate student in FRESH lab in Forestry Faculty at UBC and pursuing her MSc degree. Joris developed her interests in climate change and global wood product market during her university study. She is also working as a research assistant for UBC branch at APFNet (Asia-Pacific Network for sustainable forest management and rehabilitation). Joris has always been a sports and outdoors enthusiast. Skiing, hiking and volleyball are among her favourite activities. She is also an amateur composer and photographer and developing her own music fashion blog.
Coming from Sunset Country in northern Ontario, Heather feels most at home in the outdoors. Her love of nature and passion for art, design, and technology led her to the field of Landscape Architecture. She studied Environmental Design at University of Manitoba and is now in the Master of Landscape Architecture program at UBC. Heather explores the social and environmental challenges that the planet now faces through thoughtful planning and design. She strives to create environments and experiences that contribute to a more resilient landscape and encourage meaningful engagement with the natural world.
Sahar has joined UBC, SALA in 2015 as Master of Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture (MASLA) candidate. She holds her first master in Architecture from Iran, following with four years of practicing in architecture and urban design firms in Tehran and Esfahan as a registered architect in Iran. Her interests in sustainability in practice, green buildings, energy and water efficient design solutions were motivated her to join this interdisciplinary program.
Tamara Bonnemaison is an ecological designer interested in merging social and natural systems. She is currently a Master’s of Landscape Architecture student at the University of British Columbia, and also studied ecological restoration at the University of Victoria. Some of the most interesting projects she has been involved with include designing and building a cohousing community, restoring grassland ecosystems, and running an organic farm.
Ivy Smith grew up in Calgary and completed her a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation with the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia in 2012. Ivy has lived in Vancouver for nine years and has a background doing ecological restoration work in B.C. and Alberta. She also has extensive experience working in environmental education and has a passion for raising awareness about environmental issues and motivating people to make more sustainable choices. In her spare time she loves to hike swim and run in the mountains.
Jenny Huang received her B.Sc from Faculty of forest in the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2015. She is now pursuing her master degree of Land and Water System in the Faculty of Land and Food System in UBC. Her research interests involve water resource conservation and management issues under climate change, with particular interests in adapting and mitigating climate change through innovative stormwater management in urban areas. These issues are the basis of her master project. A better understanding and management of water resources are fundamental in solving water shortage issues with increasing water demand in the future.
Anna Thomas is from Tulsa, Oklahoma and completed her undergraduate degree in Sculpture and Painting at the University of Oklahoma. After receiving her Bachelors she went on to work in the Planning Department of Oklahoma City as the Artist-in-Residence. She held a summer internship in Arizona with a public art firm before completing an Artist Residency in France where she fabricated a large outdoor metal sculpture. These three opportunities steered her towards an interest in Landscape Architecture and the urge to create complete environments, not just the art that dwelled in them. After traveling to China and Europe she applied to the University of British Columbia to pursue a Masters in Landscape Architecture. Prior to moving to Vancouver in September Anna held an internship with a landscape designer in Oklahoma before working on a farm on Galiano Island, BC.
As a passionate young designer, Patrick is particularly interested in thoughtful spacial design that increases consideration, engagement, and interaction with the natural world. Born in Calgary, he also lived in Trieste, Italy and Halifax before finding his current home of Vancouver. Patrick completed a Bachelors of Environmental Design at UBC last spring and is intending to complete a M.LA in the near future. When he is not designing, Patrick is making homemade pasta, living off Kale, and exploring the pathways and trails around him. on beaches and in forests.
Huan Pan is a landscape architecture student from UBC MLA program, has a Bachelor Degree of Landscape Architecture and 6-year experience in studying landscape architecture and has considerable experience in design development, construction detailing and project management.
Teena Aujla is a Master of Landscape Architecture student at UBC and a professional graphic designer. From large-scale regional analysis to small-scale site furniture design, Teena approaches her projects from a context-specific angle, and uses colour, pattern, interactivity, scale and composition to evoke emotion and impress on memory. In her capacity as a professional designer, Teena worked in Istanbul, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver in a range of fields, from Olympic committees to daily newspapers to tourism bodies to art galleries. Last summer she participated in a DBR design-build workshop in the Okanagan, where she had the opportunity to analyze site conditions, source innovative materials, learn fabrication processes and forge new friendships. Teena enjoys hiking with her pug dogs, husband and five-year-old child on beaches and in forests.
My name is Dinara Yusufzyanova. I’m in my third year of Master’s in Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture Program at the University of British Columbia. I hold degree in Landscape Design and Architecture from the Volga State Technical University in Russia where i am originally from. My research and professional interests lie in the fields of spatial cognition, environmental perception and preference, landscape aesthetics and regenerative design and sustainability.