Chelsea joins RHAA after having received her BLA at the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. While attending ESF, she completed her Honors Thesis on historic methods of Dutch water management and the impact of rising sea level throughout Holland. She received an ASLA Honor award in the General design category for her work on DUNESCAPE, a redesign of Buffalo, New York’s Inner Harbor. From these projects she carries a strong belief that engineering and design must work systematically to create spaces that respond to the physical need of a site, its culture, and its environment. Within the office, Chelsea was part of the winning team for the San Mateo waste water treatment plant: SalvEDGE, and has worked on a diverse range of projects including playgrounds, parks, residential design, and cemeteries. Outside of the office, Chelsea can be found hiking, biking, or woodworking.
Nels comes from an accounting background with a love of technology and computers. He handles all technological and computing issues for the office as well as supporting the accounting operations of the business by processing merchandise invoices, making payments and resolving queries. In his free time, he enjoys working on his vehicles and spending time with his family.
Kathy graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Dietetics and Nutrition, and practiced as a Registered Dietitian for many years. It was time for a change, and after working with a career coach, she decided to go back to school and earned two degrees: one in environmental landscaping, and the other in Landscape Architecture. She is passionate about environmental issues, having been born and raised in California where protection of the environment is a relatively new concept. She is also passionate about developing alternative energy sources, nuclear energy and its waste and what to do about it, and the lack of water in California and the burden of an ever-increasing population.
Nathanael believes that each project he designs adds another layer to an already transpiring story. The landscape is complex and nuanced; each place has a unique social and environmental history. To understand this story Nathanael finds inspiration by spending time on the site, in depth site analysis, and dialogue with the community. Projects he has worked on include public parks, community master plans, school grounds, and urban plazas. In his spare time Nathanael continues to explore the landscape where he lives by hiking, plein air painting, and taking long walks until he is lost, then finding his way back.
Nicole Hill joins the RHAA team after receiving her BLA from The Pennsylvania State University. She had the opportunity to study landscape architecture and urban design in Sydney, Australia and Barcelona, Spain, which has heavily influenced her as a designer. Her passion for landscape architecture stems from her love of the natural world and she believes all projects should aim to achieve sustainability in their design.
Lauren is an urban designer interested in the relationship between landscape design, city planning, and community building. Her passion for design combines a vibrant architectural aesthetic with an interest in creating strong contextual relationships, to create unique and locally relevant spaces. At RHAA, Lauren has managed several Park and Recreation Master Plans for cities in the Bay Area, and previously worked as a Student Recreational Planner for the National Park Service. She holds a dual master in City Planning and Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, where she researched design through community engagement. Outside of the office, Lauren teaches dance at the studio she grew up in: Jazz N Taps rocks!
Aimee joins RHAA with experience working on mixed-use, commercial and urban agriculture projects. She is interested in community based design projects encompassing smart growth principles. Her thesis project at the University of Oregon focused on the financial feasibility of day-lighting a creek in a mixed-use development.
Obsessed with maps from a young age, Robin first discovered her love of design while studying abroad. Robin’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in sociology and a dual masters degree in landscape architecture and city and regional planning. Her experience in urban planning, community engagement, site design, urban design, and place making provides strong foundation for her design work. Her passion for her work stems from the intersection of people, nature, and space and the desire to create meaningful spaces. She likes her tea unsweetened, swimming in the ocean, and personally testing out playground equipment for quality control.
Born and raised in Taiwan, Maggie’s passion for design and plants has landed her as a software engineer, a florist, to a landscape designer. She loves hand drawings and is very interested in exploring how media integration could create a successful and innovative way to narrate design concepts to clients. She joins RHAA after receiving her MLA at the UC Berkeley. Her design interests include a wide variety of project types, especially children’s playground and horticultural therapy garden design.
Kendra’s interest in the outdoors developed from hiking and camping along the unique coastlines and amongst the dense native forest of her home country of New Zealand. This led her to pursue her Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; graduating in 2014. Kendra experienced working on urban parks, streets, and commercial projects in Wellington before moving to San Francisco in 2015 where she worked in high-end residential design. Through her work she has developed a passion for uncovering unique aspects of a sites identity through engagement with history, culture, community and the environment.
Kossen Miller is a landscape designer with focused interest in complex cultural landscapes and the evolution of coastal places. He holds a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from LSU’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture; and a BA in Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond. A lifelong passion for the ocean and surfing has led to international travel and work experiences that now serve to define and enrich his design endeavors.
Keith’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in environmental horticultural science and a master degree in landscape architecture. His past projects have incorporated a variety of sustainable techniques that include water efficient irrigation systems, native and adapted planting palettes, and renewable energy sources. His diverse design background ranging from small to large scale projects provides Keith with the skills necessary to develop site specific designs. The work he has completed at RHAA includes, playgrounds, healthcare, historic preservation, community college design, mixed-use retail, residential, national parks, and master planning projects. Keith was born in the Netherlands and enjoys traveling.
Meghan Storm is a well-rounded designer with a background in historic preservation, architecture, and landscape architecture. She has worked on a variety of landscape architecture projects including large urban parks and university campus plans. As a landscape and architectural designer, Meghan looks to find ‘the heart’ or potential of a project, always with the ambition that the built form should positively interact with its historical and cultural context, resulting in unique design solutions.
Parabar comes to RHAA with a diverse background in Financial Management. He was previously a Systems Manager at Vali Cooper and Associates, a Financial Manager at Stantec, and served as Controller for RHL Design Group, Inc. for nearly 20 years. In addition to RHAA, Parabar does private consulting for Bay Area law, software and other firms, and is also an accomplished musician, having recorded and toured the USA, Canada and Europe with a number of well-known reggae, jazz, rock, Latin and funk artists. He continues to record and perform throughout the Bay Area on a part-time basis.
Lindsey's project experience is based primarily on local public projects, ranging from large recreational parks, neighborhood parks, and coastal trails. She offers her strong construction document and project coordination experience to the team. Academically trained in the Pacific Northwest, her studies focused on urban ecological design, community building, therapeutic landscapes, design-build, and visual arts. As a way to continue building upon her interest in community-based work, she recently begun volunteering for a local non-profit that provides design services for local marginalized communities.
Xinni received her BLA and MLA from Beijing Forestry University and a Master of Urban Design from UC Berkeley. Her interest in landscape design focuses on public space including education, cultural and historic places. Her previous project experience focuses on urban parks and waterfronts. Xinni believes every landscape design should consider a person’s basic physical function with respect to the local context. Outside of the office Xinni has a passion for ballet, symphony orchestra and opera. She also enjoys cycling, hiking and travelling to explore cultures and landscape.