Join us in welcoming Haleigh to Firma Design Group. Haleigh joins us with an excitement to learn and grow like no other. Knowing what she enjoys, the outdoors and creating, along with a snap decision is what led her into a world of proactive, holistic and tangible creativity. Ultimately leading her to Firma.
Get to know more about Haleigh by her responses to a few questions.
Why Landscape Design?
Well, I was 18 and knew I enjoyed two things, the outdoors and creating. I was actually flipping through Cal Poly’s catalogue when I became aware of landscape architecture. I walked into the landscape architecture department the next day and asked if I could change into the major without knowing much of anything about it. That snap decision ended up leading me into a world of proactive, holistic and tangible creativity. I found that I love the act of creating places that knit together the built and natural world. Plus, sometimes I feel like I’m painting with plants; they are dynamic and have an endless depth of color, texture and movement!
When and where did you start and end your education?
I started and ended my formal education at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. I am continuing my education every day I show up to work in the field! There is still so much to learn!
Have you interned or worked in this field, prior to FDG?
I worked at a small landscape architecture and planning firm in San Luis Obispo. They hired me after my internship and I am so grateful for the exposure they gave me to the professional world.
What interested you in Firma Design Group?
Firma Design Group is comprised of highly experienced and humble individuals. They are talented and driven. They are exactly the kind of professionals I was looking to learn from. It was clear from the very beginning that although every person in the office has a role, above all, they are a team.
Outside of work, what do you enjoy?
I was lucky enough to relocate from the central coast to the beautiful City of Santa Rosa! Most of my time is spent getting to know the area and the neighboring towns. I enjoy putzing around town on my bike, finding my favorite houses and overgrown gardens. I love walking through the rural cemetery and trying to make out the words on the weathered tombstones. Annadel State Park is just five miles from my house and I spend most mornings running through the oak-woodland and up into fern-covered understory of the redwoods. The ocean isn’t too far so I try to connect with it on the weekends with a good brew, a baguette, some stinky cheese and a book. If not sitting seaside, then I’m out at the river falling into sun-induced comas in-between chapters and sips of something cool and bubbly. I love where I live and not knowing anybody gives me the time and freedom to explore as I please. This place is just what I needed.
You can reach Haleigh at (707) 792-1800 or by email at email@example.com.