Maren is a senior landscape architect, urban designer, and planner at our Vancouver studio. A powerhouse of creativity, energy, and passion, she draws from over 14 years of broad experience working across North America on projects that span community master planning, parks and open space, urban plazas, sustainable development, public realm design guidelines, and large-scale infrastructure projects. Maren thrives in the complexity of community scales, where her ability to think critically, understand context and empower community-driven solutions benefit project vision and delivery.
Complementing her practice, Maren is an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and School of Community and Regional Planning as well as an Instructor with Simon Fraser University’s renowned CITY Program. As an active member of the design community locally and internationally, she currently volunteers as a mentor with UBC SALA, is part of the Urbanarium Studio Team, and serves on the Landscapes / Paysages (Canadian Society of Landscape Architecture national magazine) Editorial Board. She previously served as Chair of the American Society of Landscape Architects Urban Design Professional Practice Network, as an Executive Board Member with Women in Design and on the Landscape Architecture Magazine Editorial Advisory Committee.
How does your work inform your personal philosophy and vice versa?
I approach both with a mindset of constant learning and adaptability. I have an endless curiosity for the world and people around me and I think that fosters a willingness to explore new ideas, understand different perspectives, and push the boundaries for my own creative expression both inside and outside the studio.
What do you do to get out of a creative rut?
Physically stepping away to reset myself – whether that be a walk, dancing it out, taking a break on a patio, or just doing something creative that is not related to work.
What’s one “pro-tip” you live by?
Bring creativity and humour to everything you do.
"No two projects are the same – so each day provides new challenges, opportunities to make an impact in the communities we work in and a chance to advocate for positive change."
Master of Community and Regional Planning
University of British Columbia
B.S. in Landscape Architecture
University of California, Davis
Urban Design Program
Danish Institute of Study