Alex’s love for California landscapes began as a child growing up in Santa Cruz, California. After living in Colorado, while completing a Bachelors in Environmental Design at the University of Colorado at Boulder, she returned to California to complete Masters Degrees in Landscape Architecture and City Planning at the University of California at Berkeley. She has a decade of experience working professionally in landscape architecture in the Bay Area, including roles in both the public and private sector. Her dual background in both planning and landscape architecture allows her to transition easily between scales and her work spans master planning to construction detailing. Alex also practices as a creative technologist whose work explores how technology can assist creative thinking and the role of designers in developing their own technological tools. More information about Alex’s creative technology practice can be found at www.alexandraharker.com.
Alex lives in the Mission District of San Francisco, where she currently volunteers as a working group member for the SFMTA Potrero Yard Modernization Project, which combines affordable housing with public transit. She enjoys going on walks around the neighborhood with her husband and their two year old daughter, and takes inspiration from the way that her daughter explores the world around her.
Masters Degrees in Landscape Architecture and City Planning – University of California, Berkeley
Bachelors Degree in Environmental Design – University of Colorado, Boulder
Licensed California Landscape Architect #6216
ISA Certified Arborist #WE-11597A
Nicki has worked as a landscape designer in both New Zealand and California. Past work has involved public space projects, campus upgrades, streetscapes, master planning and residential gardens. In addition to New Zealand and California, Nicki has lived and worked in Canada, England and Scotland, in constant heat, endless snow, dreary grey and everything in between, from highly urban locations to within remote mountains. This varied experience has given her an acute appreciation for the importance of site-appropriate and performative landscape design: spaces that protect against the hot sun or biting wind; materiality that is appropriate to the site’s expected or potential function and usage; and planting design that is both climatically and ecologically beneficial.
To Field Collective, she brings her strong conceptual development skills, her software and graphic expertise and a passion for creativity. Nicki is a New Zealander by birth and currently lives in Berkeley with her husband and their 2 year old son.
Nicki is also the founder and editor of the website Landscape Architecture _Built
Masters of Landscape Architecture – Lincoln University, Lincoln, New Zealand
Bachelor of Design, Visual Communication – CPIT, Christchurch, New Zealand