Since graduating from Penn State’s landscape architecture program, Lisa has been immersed in the breadth of the design process, whether through her first decade in the profession or the passions that lead her to where she is today. Study abroad and big picture views compelled her to spend most of her early career in a global landscape architecture firm where her role included working alongside top talent to achieve built parks, gardens, and other planned uses for public spaces. It is at EDAW and AECOM where she gained her experience in project management which drives her sensitivity to informed decisions in design. When time and circumstances brought her to the in-depth observation of beauty in everyday life, she found her way to the design of the home by orchestrating new, and documenting old, family photography sessions which culminated in highly customized wall gallery designs for clients in the DC area. These projects included outdoor photography sessions, the curating of vintage photography, the reinvention of children’s art, and identifying the warmth and personality that a home owner’s unique story, history and taste could bring to their newly built interior spaces.
The garden and outdoor living environments of the home provide their own elements of warmth and life to be framed, notably through the very furnishings where individuals and groups of family and friends will be oriented to the landscape while working, playing, cooking, or dining. This envelopment of nature and its connection to the site furnishings is where her expertise and passions sync with the rest of the CHLA design team.