Participants in the Green Landscape Project at the U.S. Mission

Short biographies of participants in the green landscape project at the United States Mission. See the press release for full details on the project.

David Bramer

University of Washington

A native of suburban Chicago, David has lived for over a decade in Seattle, Washington.  After 15 years of working as a chef, David’s passion for the environment and local food has led him back to school for landscape architecture.  Now that he is entering his third year, David is certain he has made the right choice and hopes to be involved in community based participatory design and urban storm water reclamation.

Marion Crozetière

HEPIA- Haute École du Paysage, d’Ingénierie et d’Architecture

Samuel Enjolras

HEPIA- Haute École du Paysage, d’Ingénierie et d’Architecture

Colleen Gilfrich

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Originally from Poolesville, Maryland, Colleen’s interest in landscape design began when she was a student in the special Global Ecology Studies program at her high school.  Her fascination with individual plant species expanded and evolved into a broader interest in applying that knowledge to design spaces for people.  Now entering her fifth year of the Landcape Architecture program at Virginia Tech, she has begun work on her thesis which focuses on the design of a memorial garden.  As a landscape architect, her special interest working with people to encourage them to find ways to reflect their emotions in the design of their  surroundings.

Michael Lindquist

University of Pennsylvania

Originally from the Sacramento Valley in California, Michael did his undergraduate studies in biology at Humboldt State University on California’s North Coast.  While in school, worked at the University’s natural history museum, where he designed an exhibit on biodiversity.  After graduation, Michael worked at a variety of jobs in horticulture and the art scene before deciding to enroll in the University of Pennsylvania’s Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning program.  He has a special interest in bringing the values of conservation into the field of landscape design.

JJ Obee

Ohio State University

JJ Obee will be completing her final quarter towards a BS in Landscape Architecture at Ohio State University in January.  Until then she is completing a co-op at Kinzelman Kline Grossman, a landscape architecture firm in Columbus, Ohio.   Because of her love for community, she became a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional) last summer. She hopes that her knowledge of sustainable design will help her act as a “translator” for those outside of the profession who are unaware of greener possiblities and their benefits.  As for her time in Geneva, JJ is trilled to be working with students from all over the US and from the Swiss school HEPIA “because they offer such a range of talents, creating a very dynamic team.  Plus, they are entertaining!”

Kirsten Ostberg

University of Virginia

Originally from Toronto, Kirsten holds a masters in chemistry, and taught high school science for six years, first in Connecticut and later in Colorado.   Teaching and living in a small town in the Rocky Mountains, where the classroom frequently spilled into the outdoors, Kirsten discovered that her interests extended beyond science to the environment and design.  Intrigued by the the possibility of applying her science background to a design discipline, she decided to leave teaching and pursue a career in landscape archictecture.  She is currently a graduate student at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, where she is involved with a research project with the National Academy of Environmental Design that investigates ways to bring together multiple disciplines to solve emerging environmental issues.

Raphaël Papiou

HEPIA- Haute École du Paysage, d’Ingénierie et d’Architecture

Natalie Ross

University of Minnesota

Natalie Ross is going into her 3rd year of graduate study at the University of Minnesota’s Landscape Architecture Department.  She has been a mid-westerner from birth, growing up in Cedar Rapids Iowa, and then living in Chicago and St. Paul, MN.  After completing her undergraduate degree in Art and Geography from Macalester College, she worked creating digital maps for in-car navigation systems.  The experience of mapping cities gave birth to the idea of designing cities, and Natalie decided to go back to school to become a landscape architect.  She hopes to be involved in creating more sustainable and multi-use transportation systems as well as simply making cities more pleasant for pedestrians and bikers.

Damon Sanchez

Iowa State University

Originally from Glenview, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, Damon always had an interest in the outdoors and in connecting with nature.  After his third year in Iowa State’s Landscape Architecture program, Damon was chosen for a Community Visioning Internship with the Iowa State University Extension to work with individual communities involve residents in redesigning the environments in which they live.  In particular, this involved helping towns which had been affected by the 2008 summer floods to restore their parks and neighborhoods.  As a Landscape Architect, Damon hopes to promote environmentally conscious design to ensure biodiversity and sustainability in the urban landscape.

Michael Scholtz

State University of New York at Syracuse

Born in Goshen, New York, Michael grew up in the historic Hudson Valley, where the great 19th century landscape painters of the Hudson River School took their inspiration.  The surrounding landscape has always been an integral part of his life and has led to his career choice of landscape architecture.   He has a particular interest in residential design and helping people to express themselves in their surroundings.  Now entering his fifth year of the landscape architecture program, he will be studying urban park design throughout Europe to bring a more holistic approach to design in America.

Katherine Tooke

University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Kate Tooke has an undergraduate degree in civil engineering and a masters degree in education. She taught math and physics at both middle and high school levels for seven years before discovering landscape architecture. Now entering her final year of the Masters in Landscape Architecture program at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, she is focusing her studies on urban public schoolyards. Outside the all-consuming world of studio, Kate loves to hike with her dogs, build stone walls and eat good chocolate.