Vivian joined Cameron McCarthy in 2015. As an associate, she provides technical design and drafting assistance as well as background research to the firm’s landscape architects. Her experience to date has been on parks master planning, multi-use trails, educational and institutional projects, and site feasibility studies.
Education and Professional Expertise
Vivian received her bachelor of arts in biology from Williams College in 2005 and her masters in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon in 2013. Her path towards landscape architecture and design began at the impressionable age of 6 when her mother, an architect, instructed her to fill a notebook with home floorplans and community layouts for all of her friends, real and imaginary. Later, while majoring in biology and environmental studies in college, Vivian continued to explore architecture/design by working on Habitat for Humanity homes with a local architect and studying architecture and urban planning in Denmark during a semester abroad.
Outside of school, Vivian’s curiosity about the natural world and human relationship with it led her to work several years as a lab assistant on ecology-based projects, including the Jasper Ridge Global Change Experiment at Stanford, an invasive species lab at UC Berkeley, and the Farmscape Ecology Program in upstate New York. After these experiences, Vivian enrolled in the landscape architecture program at the UO to hone her design skills.
While at the UO, Vivian was a Graduate Teaching Fellow in the Biology Department and a planning assistant in the Campus Planning office. She also regularly worked with designBridge on local design-build projects and volunteered at the Urban Farm to keep her hands in the dirt. After graduation, Vivian was an Adjunct Landscape Architecture Instructor at the UO for a design studio based on her master’s project work.
Vivian continues to be energized by working on projects at the intersection of the built environment and the human experience. At Cameron McCarthy, Vivian is a critical part of the project team helping to develop site designs, construction documents, and master planning efforts. Her background in ecology, design, and planning allows her to work successfully across a broad range of scales, and she brings a diverse skill set, including valuable graphic and analytical skills, to every project she is involved in. In addition, 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. Projects she has been involved with include Coordinated Downtown Development in Eugene, Mill Race Path in Springfield, North Gresham Elementary School, and Hillside and Rockridge Master Plans in Bend.
Vivian has been known to slog through muddy ponds and trails (uphill both ways) and swim in lakes until her lips turn blue on weekends. She also enjoys volunteering as a crew leader with Friends of Trees and serves on the City of Eugene’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. When asked to describe herself, Vivian would say that she’s a serial carnitas tacos eater, strategy boardgame afficionade, and landscape designer. In that order.