Vivian joined Cameron McCarthy in 2015. As an associate, she provides technical design and drafting assistance to the firm’s landscape architects and project managers. Her experience to date has been on K-12 school design and parks planning projects.
Education and Professional Expertise
Vivian received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Williams College in Massachusetts. Though her focus as an undergraduate was in the sciences, Vivian explored design through an architecture study abroad program in Denmark and assisted local architects with residential designs for Habitat For Humanity. She also discovered her love of plants by working in the school’s permaculture garden, an organization which she led in her last two years. Out of college, she enjoyed working as a laboratory technician and assistant in ecology labs at Stanford University and UC Berkeley before turning her attention to organic farming. At the Farmscape Ecology Program in upstate New York, she found the perfect place to combine her interests in field research and agricultural systems
Following several years in the lab and field, Vivian continued her education at the University of Oregon (UO), where she earned her Master’s in Landscape Architecture. At the UO, she interned in the Campus Planning office as a planning assistant, was a Graduate Teaching Fellow in Biology, and assisted designBridge with multiple building projects. After graduation, Vivian was an Adjunct Landscape Architecture Instructor at the UO for a design studio based on her master’s project work.
With a lifelong interest in ecology and design, Vivian brings a diverse skill set, including valuable graphic and analytical skills, and wide range of experiences related to landscape architecture and planning. Her bicultural upbringing and extensive travel experiences abroad give her a multi-faceted perspective on landscape design and have instilled in her a cultural sensitivity that is critical to public sector work. Vivian believes that thoughtfully-designed, context-sensitive spaces offer a significant benefit to individuals and their communities. She is currently involved with designs for Hillside Park in Bend, Mill Race Path in Springfield, and Riverfront Park Master Plan in Harrisburg.
When not in the office, Vivian can be found leading tree planting crews with Friends of Trees, playing long hours of strategy boardgames, or exploring the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.