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Cassie Nichols

Cassie Nichols is a licensed Landscape Architect with broad experience ranging from expansive park and greenway master planning to highly detailed natural playgrounds. Though her work spans scales, her passion for connecting people with their natural and built environments is a consistent influence in her designs from early concept phases through construction.

She has recently obtained a master’s degree in landscape architecture from North Carolina State University, where her research focused on incorporating design and policy solutions to help coastal communities combat hazards such as hurricanes, extreme heat, coastal erosion and sea level rise. As a research assistant, Cassie was part of a multi-disciplinary team developing the Coastal Hazard Transect Overly District Guide to facilitate smaller coastal communities incorporating solutions to reduce the impacts of these hazards. As a graduate student, Cassie participated in LSU’s Coastal Sustainability Studio where her project focused on designing nature-based solutions to reduce threats from sea level rise and increasing storm intensities throughout the Mid-Barataria Basin in Louisiana.

Cassie worked extensively with the Center for Neighborhoods, the City of Louisville and community stakeholders to develop a comprehensive neighborhood plan for California and Victory Park. The area in Louisville is one of the nation’s worst heat islands, with low tree canopy coverage, high rates of asthma and consistent urban flooding. This experience help build Cassie’s foundation for facilitating resident-driven community engagement design process.

  • Contact
    CASSIE@WBAE.COM
  • ROLE
    LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
  • STAFF SINCE
    2023
  • EDUCATION
    MLA, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY (2023)
    BLA, UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA (2011)
    B.A. SPANISH, BERRY COLLEGE (2007)
  • REGISTERED IN
    KENTUCKY
    NORTH CAROLINA
  • PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC AFFILIATIONS
    AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS, NC CHAPTER
    SOUTHEAST AND CARRIBEAN DISASTER RESILIENCE PARTNERSHIP
    AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS, KY CHAPTER
    USGBC
    LOUISVILLE ENERGY ALLIANCE
    CONGRESS OF NEW URBANISM
    AMERICORPS – HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
  • SELECTED PROJECTS
    CITY OF MANDEVILLE PARKS & RECREATION MASTER PLAN; MANDEVILLE, LA
    MOBILE RESILIENCE ASSESSMENT & PLAN; MOBILE, AL