I believe we are all born with natural instincts, that are intimate places within us that ignite passion and can drive resilience; For me, I had an inherent love and draw to athletics, health, the environment, exploration and adventure. As a child I spent hours climbing trees and looking for the next cool space to explore.
I found healing and interpersonal surplus in nature. I built my own sanctuary in nature and grounded myself in the places I explored. This was my first introduction to what was later understood as biophilia and bio mimicry.
My explorations of nature taught me resiliency and how to build with intentional design philosophies. This ingrained in me not only how to maximize human performance, but also how to create peace in the midst of chaos.
In my 20’s I moved to LA where I went to school to study nutrition, health, bio mechanics, anything body performance, I was hungry for all things that would teach me how to improve athletic performance and maintain optimum health. My entire surrounding environments existed of of hospitals, pediatric clinics, wellness centers, chiropractic offices, dance studios, gyms etc. Giving me the understanding and desire to create integrated wellness centers & spaces.
My surroundings and experiences in LA allowed me to understand the health and wellness industry. This led me to co-create an integrated wellness center, which was the catalyst for me to go back to school to study interior architecture/design. It was in design school where I learned about sustainability, bio-mimicry and biophilia – It connected my childhood to my future endeavors, I felt at home, and my world made broadened and became more enriched.
As a designer, I now embellish on best practices for designing and creating human & health-centric spaces; with most focus on workplace, corporate and personal spaces:private offices, personal gyms and wellness spaces. To help foster healing and enable end users to be most productive and thrive in their surrounding environment. I continually strive to create from what speaks to people personally, and what makes them feel well. Balancing and integrating concepts, function, nature and playfulness.