July 02, 2020

10 Questions for Rebecca Henderson

10 Years at Nadi Design

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To celebrate Nadi Design’s 10-year anniversary, we’ve asked the current staff 10 questions that reflect on their time here and how they see the firm evolving over the next decade. Here are their thoughts (answers have been edited for clarity):

 

1) How has Nadi Design evolved since you first started working as part of the team?

I think Nadi Design has evolved in the sense that we’ve focused our efforts on what makes our firm innovative and valuable to our clients. Our strategic acquisition of Donald C Westphal Associates has helped us expand our expertise into the United States, but also strengthen our leadership in holistic community design.

2) What is the most innovative and exciting Nadi Design project you’ve seen the team work on?

Bokeh! It’s fascinating to learn the process of how landscape architects and artists work together to create something beautiful and functional. I was already a massive fan of Taskahi Iwasaki’s work, so for Nadi Design to collaborate with him and create a permanent lighting installation at Kildonan Park Duck Pond was super cool.

 

Bokeh 10 year anniversary Nadi Design
Bokeh, Kildonan Park Duck Pond

 

3) Nadi Design’s mission is to design for a better world. What is the most memorable and impactful way you have seen the firm put that mission into practice?

Shaheed Bhagat Singh Park is such a beautiful public space located in Bridgwater. It used to be a landfill that Nadi Design helped transform into a sustainable, low maintenance park and recreational area for residents and visitors.

Shaheed Bhagat Singh Park Nadi Design 10 questionsShaheed Bhagat Singh Park                                                       

 

4) What makes Nadi Design stand out from its competitors?

The diversity and talent of our staff are what makes us stand out from our competitors. We aim to be a global firm, and I believe that starts with the people who work for you. We’ve all been fortunate enough to travel, live and visit incredible places around the world—and we bring that experience to our work. I’ve been able to learn so much from the Nadi Design staff.

5) What do you hope to see Nadi Design achieve in the next ten years?

I hope we can acquire innovative projects in Latin America, and I hope we can continue inspiring our clients to prioritize sustainability and resiliency in their projects.

6) What is the most rewarding part of being a member of the Nadi Design team?

The people I work with at the firm. They’re so talented and passionate about their work, but they’re also open-minded and challenging, which inspires you to work harder.

7) What is your favourite Nadi Design project?

My favourite Nadi Design project is our ongoing inbound marketing campaign! While this question probably pertains to a design project, I can’t help but tout this part of the firm. There have been so many amazing articles over the last few years including: 

  1. Why the city bench is the unsung hero of good public spaces by Kristen Struthers
  2. The transformative power of tactical urbanism by Meaghan Hunter
  3. How to create a design framework for attractive, memorable streetscapes by Malvin Soh
  4. The conundrum of urban density: how to 'get it right' by Emeka Nnadi
  5. Delivering the vision: how to create innovative design guidelines by Malvin Soh


8) What kind of design trends or new approaches to landscape architecture do you predict will become increasingly popular over the next ten years?

I hope to see more examples of tactical urbanism in our cities and communities.

9) Are there any kinds of creative, out-of-the-box projects you hope the Nadi team will get the chance to work on in the coming years?

We’d love to see Dreamscape One become a reality!

 

Nadi Design 10-year Dreamscape One 10 questions
Dreamscape One

 

10) What are some ways that you’ve seen landscape architecture, urban design or urban planning create lasting, positive change within a community?

Since COVID-19, I see more and more people utilizing public spaces as well as spaces traditionally used for vehicles. While cities have temporarily turned them into pedestrian spaces, I’d love to see our cities and towns committed to creating more people-first places.