Liz focuses on both planning and design projects with her background in parks, public involvement and active transportation. She tackles a variety of tasks ranging from project management and public involvement strategy to conceptual design, graphic rendering, and technical drafting. Liz joined Cameron McCarthy as an associate in 2017.
Education and Professional Experience
Liz earned her Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon in 2013. During her undergraduate studies she earned a Minor in Architecture and focused her final comprehensive project on design strategies to mitigate food insecurity in urban food deserts. The project site she chose to focus on was in her childhood neighborhood in East Portland, an area whose suburban sprawl and isolated residential development originally inspired her to pursue architecture and landscape architecture as a profession. Liz received an ASLA Student Merit Award for her work as an undergraduate student.
Throughout her education, Liz worked as a caregiver in an Alzheimer’s care center and volunteered with the environmental studies program to restore landscapes in the Willamette Valley. Shortly after completing her degree, Liz joined the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department in Salem, OR. During her internship she assisted with the Columbia Gorge Management Unit Master Plan, including park concept planning and public engagement efforts in the Gorge.
In 2015-2016, Liz co-lead the planning and design of Portland’s first bike share system, Biketown. Station location and system design were based on over 4,000 responses from the public and a rigorous study of existing bicycle infrastructure. Liz later spent time on the east coast where she was recruited to work on several complete streets projects, where she co-facilitated charrettes with stakeholders and the local community to develop streetscape design alternatives for several towns in upstate New York. Liz’s experience in active transportation also includes trail design, wayfinding, and public involvement strategy. Liz is certified in charrette management and facilitation by the National Charrette Institute, and thrives on opportunities to brainstorm a tailored public involvement plan based on individual client and community needs.
Liz brings her strategic mind and implementation tactics to her projects to ensure effective project management from kick off to completion. In addition to her project management experience, successfully completed project management training in 2017. At Cameron McCarthy, Liz designs natural and playful landscapes for elementary schools, delves into park master plans in gorgeous corners of the Pacific Northwest and brings her enthusiastic love of local community to public involvement efforts. True to her hybrid nature, Liz also supports marketing and business development efforts in the Portland metro area.
Liz currently volunteers with RIHO, the Refugee & Immigrant Hospitality Organization, which offers community events, ESL classes and amenities to families settling in their new home in East Portland. She also supports her alma mater by participating in design studio reviews and Shadow Mentor Day. Liz is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and currently serves on the ASLA Oregon executive committee, where she focuses on sharing landscape architecture with the next generation through student and youth outreach.
Liz grew up in a diverse neighborhood in East Portland. The multi-faceted community of her childhood furthered her curiosity about how culture, stories and history can influence design and place when local voices are heard and respected. Her community and upbringing also encouraged her to travel and explore her creative instincts. Liz enjoys visiting new places (both near and far from home), which often serve as the inspiration for her next art or craft project. Liz explores working between different mediums including sewing, fiber arts, jewelry-making, drawing and watercolor. Between puttering in her garden and playing with her pup, you can find Liz doodling her latest project idea.