As Director of Landscape and Outdoor Playspace Design at studioMLA Architects, Joanne is responsible for the full range of landscape architecture services in the firm. Her focus is on the design of outdoor environments for children in school, childcare and park settings. Recently, the landscape department has expanded and begun to take on larger scale projects in planning for play on an urban neighborhood and campus scale.
Before joining studioMLA in 2008, she was responsible for park and playground designs across the country including several years managing her own firm specializing in outdoor play spaces and custom play equipment design.
Joanne’s broad portfolio of design work includes outdoor play and recreation spaces in dynamic urban settings as well as a special interest in natural play areas. Joanne’s extensive experience with the complex design, regulatory, and construction processes inherent in creating children’s play spaces results in highly successful projects executed with a sense of innovation, sensitivity and creativity.
Joanne is a registered landscape architect and a certified playground safety inspector. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon where she received her Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture.