Kate is an Associate at CMG Landscape Architecture with four years of experience. She is a landscape researcher working toward climate-adaptive design – planning with particular care for vulnerable and contaminated landscapes, their resident ecologies, and communities.
Her design work on CMG’s San Francisco Waterfront Resilience Program communicates the values and voices, challenges, and opportunities rooted in the city’s shoreline. As she takes inspiration from these intersections on project work, Kate collaborates with communities to craft environmentally and culturally generative designs.
Kate is the recipient of the Geraldine Knight Scott Travel Fellowship, as well as the 2017-18 University of California Berkeley Award for Excellence in Landscape Architecture. Her background in environmental art, ecology, and soils informs a fascination with the underground as a critical site for design. Kate holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Art and Architectural History from Sarah Lawrence College.
Geraldine Knight Scott Travel Fellowship
University of California Berkeley, Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor
University of California Berkeley, Award for Excellence in Landscape Design
University of California Berkeley, CED Department Award
2016 ASLA Student Honor Award
Climate Positive Design
The Climate Positive Design Challenge provides guidance for improving the impact of site design projects on the environment. The goal is for all site design projects going forward to collectively sequester more CO2 than they emit by 2030, with a target of removing one gigaton of CO2 from the atmosphere by 2050. To meet the goals of the challenge, an online app called the Pathfinder guides designers towards a path of being Climate Positive – sequestering more carbon than their projects emit, ultimately making a positive contribution to reversing global warming.
San Francisco Waterfront Resilience Program
CMG is part of the team developing plans to reimagine and protect the waterfront from two very different threats, the danger of earthquakes and the likelihood of sea level rise. Foundational to over three miles of urban waterfront stretching from Fisherman’s Wharf to Mission Creek is an aging seawall. The Seawall project supports historic piers, wharves and buildings as well as stabilizes filled lands containing critical city infrastructure and protects Bayfront neighborhoods from coastal flooding.