Growing up in the Bay Area, Sam appreciates the relationship between communities and their shared space. His public realm experience ranges in scale from large parks to streetscape interventions, all steeped in community process. In purposeful contrast to his local focus, Sam has capitalized on his experiences working and studying abroad to inform his understanding of how diverse cultures reflect upon their built environment. Prior to his career as a landscape architect, Sam studied forestry, taught environmental education, and worked in ecological research. From this trajectory, he has come to value design as a means of giving form and voice to his environmental ethics.