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 have only been with Nadi Design a short time, but it has been during this time that I’ve seen the firm grow into their new role after the acquisition of Donald C. Westphal Associates. It has been exciting seeing Nadi Design transition into a new team dynamic that has spread across three different offices in different cities, and countries, while maintaining a collaborative and supportive team environment.
2) What is the most innovative and exciting Nadi Design project you’ve seen the team work on?
Since joining Nadi Design, I have become increasingly enamoured by our involvement with the Bridgwater Neighbourhoods' master plan and subsequent design projects. I feel that the success of this project effectively showcases how different a design can be — and the difference it can make —when the project involves landscape architects from conception through to the execution. Any time I visit the area, I see people enjoying and taking ownership of their neighbourhood and the public spaces.
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?
In my short time here at Nadi Design, I have seen this mission play out through all our public space designs. The firm focuses on creating engaging and inclusive spaces, and this sentiment is so pervasive through the firm that no one has to write it on the wall. Each design features elements that are accessible, playful, and welcoming.
4) What makes Nadi Design stand out from its competitors?
Nadi Design’s mandate ‘design for a better world’ should exist at the core of any landscape architecture firm. However, it's the firm's sincere approach and belief in this statement that they have demonstrated through the idea that no project is too small to make a difference. Genuine confidence in this directive and its capacity to exist through all scales and types of projects make Nadi stand out in my mind. It is this approach as well that makes Nadi a sincere promoter of the importance of the profession of Landscape Architecture.
5) What do you hope to see Nadi achieve in the next 10 years?
I want to see Nadi Design become synonymous with resilient community design in Winnipeg and continue to invest in public spaces of all scales.
6) What is the most rewarding part of being a member of the Nadi Design team?
Simply put, the culture and freedom of individual expression in the firm make working here very rewarding.
7) What advice do you have for future landscape architects, urban designers or urban planners who are entering the field?
Seek out people with different experiences from your own, talk to your non-designer friends about public space and design, value their opinions and experiences, teach people about design in small ways. Notice your environment, admire clean concrete detailing and well-laid pavers, understand why certain trees survive when others do not, listen to the sounds of different surfaces, and never stop exploring your surroundings.
8) What kind of design trends or new approaches to landscape architecture do you predict will become increasingly popular over the next ten years?
We have already seen a rise in interest in resilient design, and I think we are going to continue to see this grow as more and more clients come to the table prepared to discuss the impacts of climate change on their properties and projects. With that as well, I think we’ll start to see a push for working with local sustainable – and innovative – companies and products whenever possible.
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?
I would love to see Nadi be involved in more community and urban design projects! Especially ones which incorporate significant pedestrian and cycling networks, streetscapes, and urban centres both in new and existing neighbourhood communities.
10) What are some ways that you’ve seen landscape architecture, urban design or urban planning create lasting, positive change within a community?
Despite having been a viable profession for some time now, one of the biggest struggles we continue to have is promoting the importance of including landscape architects in projects. With increasing awareness of how landscape architecture can contribute to solutions in climate change, we are starting to see more small interventions which build pieces of resilient design into existing networks within our cities. These solutions, which range from structural soil cells under city streets, to diverse planting choices, and people-centric public spaces start to provide visual and experiential support to how landscape architects can positively affect someone’s everyday experience while building in future resiliency.