Graduate Landscape Architecture Students
BA, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Baltimore
Bilal 'Coach' Bahar brings a wealth of community development experience to his graduate studies. As the founder of the Baltimore-based Evolve Community Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization providing youth mentoring in business, education, arts, community and health, Coach Bilal sees landscape architecture as a tool to help bridge divides between some of Baltimore’s affluent and underserved neighborhoods, as well as a catalyst for healing trauma. His current work explores the therapeutic potential of hydroponic systems, particularly examining the power of water to enhance how people see themselves and their neighborhoods. His long-term sights are focused on doctoral work, which explore relationships between cognitive dissonance, education, and community development.
BA, History and Art History, Roanoke College
Brittney Baltimore’s interest in human-centered design springs from her public service background working at the Baltimore County Public Library and Baltimore Museum of Art, together with time spent working on urban vegetable and flower farms. Knowing the importance of listening to people and designing for accessibility, Brittney is interested in how design can be a bottom-up, rather than top-down process; one that creates safe, vibrant outdoor spaces connecting neighborhoods rather than isolating them. Currently, Brittney is a graduate researcher for Assistant Professor John Leonard and the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy on a collaborative residential rain garden project. She is also a student scholarship recipient from the Maryland Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
BA, Interior Design, Taibah University, Saudi Arabia
A native of Jeddah, Abrar is interested in combining landscape architecture with interior design; exploring links between interior space, exterior space, and quality of life. Collaborating on studio and commercial projects in Saudi Arabia with colleagues from Taibah University, she recognized the power of a simple building façade to either enhance or restrict one's experience with nature. Building upon these interests, coupled with an appreciation for evolving urban landscapes, Abrar plans to focus her studies on understanding how design might facilitate deeper connections between people and place.
BS, Environmental Studies and Public Policy, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Ellie Chetelat discovered landscape architecture through an interest in ecologically inspired design, coupled with a diverse set of work experiences, which included the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, a native plant nursery and an organization advocating oyster recovery in the Chesapeake Bay. Currently, she works for design-build firm on ecological restoration projects and volunteers with the Baltimore City Master Gardener program. A passionate advocate for native plants, Ellie's studies presently focus on understanding how permaculture and other sustainable design strategies can be harnessed in urban environments, working across policy, planning, and landscape architectural design.
BS, Environmental Science and Studies, Towson University
Anthony Dye discovered his path to landscape architecture through a passion for organic farming, a practice which taught him to view the world through the lens of natural systems. Currently, he manages an urban farm in Southwest Baltimore, which supplies produce for a local restaurant chain. As a graduate student, Anthony is interested in investigate issues of public space access, environmental restoration, while continuing to explore growing food in a peaceful way.
Shahrouz Ghani Ghaishghourshagh
BA, Urban Design and Planning, Azad University of Tabriz, Iran
Studying urban design and planning in Iran sparked Shahrouz Ghani Ghaishghourshagh’s curiosity about the evolution of world cities and, at a different scale, the dynamics of spaces between buildings. As a student at the Center for Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies, Shahrouz is interested in exploring how landscape architecture can serve as the connecting discipline between architecture and civil engineering, through the lens of stormwater management and other sustainable urban design strategies. An avid photographer, Shahrouz compliments her academic work at Morgan State with field experience at a Washington, D.C.-based civil engineering firm.
BS, Biology and Environmental Science, William & Mary
Former industrial hygiene inspector and non-profit director, Varun Gupta come to landscape architecture with a background in environmental studies and advocacy. For him, protecting natural landscapes, improving green infrastructure, and mitigating the effects of urbanization on stream corridors, wetlands, and seashores perfectly synthesizes his interests in the ecology, habitats, and design. Currently, Varun is complementing his thesis work, which examines the intersection of design and mitigation for climate change and sea level rise, with field experience working for a Maryland-based landscape architecture firm.
BS, Architecture and Environmental Design, Morgan State
Advanced Certificate in Fabrication - Welding, Lancaster County Career and Technology Center
Former maritime welder Abbey Hallock has always been interested in how things are made, the materials used to make them, and how one might go about repairing them should they break. After several years working for Baltimore-based boat building company, Abbey began searching for a career that more closely aligned her passion for design and construction with her concerns for urban environmental health. Abbeys' decision to pursue Morgan State’s 3+2 program has enabled her to apply her undergraduate coursework environmental design towards a professional masters degree in landscape architecture, which will focus on ways of reconnecting urban residents with nature.
BS, Architecture and Environmental Design, Morgan State University
A Baltimore native, Britney Jackson discovered landscape architecture as an undergraduate architecture student at Morgan, studying interior and exterior spaces on campus. Her interests in landscape space expanded to include issues of transit and circulation while an intern with the Maryland State Highway Administration's Transportation Alternatives Program. This opportunity organized with the help of Morgan State’s National Transportation Center, included office and fieldwork experiences designing shared use trails, as well as communicating with professional colleagues and the public. Britney's decision to pursue Morgan State’s 3+2 program, has enabled her to apply her undergraduate coursework environmental design towards a professional masters degree in landscape architecture. In her thesis research, Britney is exploring the potential of transitional landscapes, such as parking lots and garages, to be reimagined as social infrastructure within neighborhoods and communities experiencing homelessness.
BA, Geography, University of Vermont
A native of Rockville, Maryland, urban geographer David Joffe brings a wealth of technical and community-centered experience to his studies in landscape architecture. Formerly a GIS intern with the Chesapeake Bay Program, David also worked with Nourish Now, a Rockville-based food recovery non-profit which addresses food waste and hunger through donations from grocers, caterers, restaurants, and bakeries for the benefit of children, families, the elderly, as well as food pantries and shelters. At Morgan, David plans to focus his interests in resource recovery towards sustainable landscape architectural practices and materials.
BS, Geography and Environmental Planning, Towson University
Growing up surrounded by farmland in Carroll County, Maryland, Mia Quinto moved to Baltimore to pursue undergraduate studies, and became fascinated with the density and diversity of urban landscapes. Her background in Geography and Environmental Planning encourages Mia towards understandings of how humans interact with the built environment. Her plan is to direct interests to a study of nature deficit disorder, and ways to re-introduce nature to urban landscapes. In addition to her studies, Mia is an intern at Baltimore's Cylburn Arboretum, and serves as President of Morgan State University’s ASLA Student Chapter.
BA, History, Goucher College
Maura Roth-Gormley has always been interested in the stories that landscapes tell about a place. Previously the director of a Holocaust Oral History project, Maura brings a strong understanding of how narrative can shape the design process. Her interest in Landscape Architecture was sparked by her work as an intern in the Baltimore City Master Gardener program and as a water quality monitor with the Baltimore Ecosystem Study. Both experiences led her to examine issues of sustainability in Baltimore’s watersheds. Her research will investigate the intersection of ecology and climate change in urban landscapes, asking the question: how can design replicate or challenge historic racial, economic and environmental injustices. Maura currently works as a Graduate Assistant in the Landscape Architecture program and teaches yoga.
BA, Architecture, Himalaya College of Engineering, Kathmandu, Nepal
Deepa Sapkota brings a professional architectural background to her graduate studies in landscape architecture. Intrigued by differences in both landscape scale and density between her Nepalese homeland and the United States, Deepa's interests focus on enhancing the visibility and sustainability of overlooked urban areas. In her free time, Deepa volunteers with the Baltimore Association of Nepalese in America, where she teaches traditional Nepali dance to youth groups.
BA, Communications and Fashion Merchandising, Indiana University
Growing up in Brooklyn's storied Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, Kimberly Young witnessed first-hand the impacts of gentrification on communities, while discovering too that seemingly neglected land can possess profound social meaning. Her transition to graduate studies –– motivated by a commitment to urban communities and landscapes –– follow a twenty-year career in pharmaceutical sales. A skilled community gardener, Kimberly's work examines issues of housing equity and the agency of design in reviving urban neighborhoods.