Ann Dinthongsai is a talented young designer who brings a new depth of cultural understanding to The West Studio. Her lifelong interest in improving health through environmental design and the healing power of nature is backed by evidence-based design principles and collaborative processes. She believes in purposeful, functional design that weaves a story about stewardship to both community and the environment.
Ann has been recognized with several awards from WASLA for projects involving research and design of therapeutic landscapes. In 2012, she took part in an international design build at the largest psychiatric hospital on Rab Island in Croatia. The design focused on creating a therapeutic garden for patients who cope with mental illness. Then in 2015, she received the National ASLA Student Honor Award with her design/build team for their work on the Japanese Cultural Community Center’s Kintsugi Garden. Her strong background in award winning therapeutic landscape design is a perfect fit for our clients.
In her role as landscape designer, Ann’s ability to communicate design intent through graphically compelling drawings allows her to seamlessly integrate inclusive, sustainable, therapeutic design elements backed by scientific research into every project in a culturally relevant manner. Most noteworthy, is her ability to work with community groups, to listen to their needs and concerns, building trust and working through the collaborative design process.
In addition to her design talents, Ann volunteers with WASLA as she feels it important to be an active part of the landscape architecture community. Always bright and optimistic, Ann’s experience, enthusiasm and passion for evidence-based design makes her a vital member of The West Studio’s design team.
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