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Zoe Swartz

Zoe is a landscape designer coming from a background in environmental studies and community engagement. Prior to finding her way to landscape architecture, Zoe worked in global education in Northeast Thailand, facilitating student projects that worked in solidarity with communities effected by and protesting extractive industry. She co-founded the nonprofit organization, Radical Grandma Collective, which directs resources to Thai human rights defenders and supports ecological restoration through a sustainable weaving collective. When Zoe returned to Louisiana, she worked as a social researcher, studying the impacts of planned sediment diversions and climate change on Louisiana shrimpers. She also helped facilitate public meetings around the 2017 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan and the LA SAFE Process.

These experiences led Zoe to landscape architecture, where she works to amplify the voices of frontline communities and design landscapes that are both ecologically and socially restorative. While at UT Austin, Zoe completed an independent research project on the psychosocial dimensions of ecological restoration and was recognized as a 2022 LAF Olmsted Scholar.

  • Contact
    ZOE@WBAE.COM
  • ROLE
    LANDSCAPE DESIGNER
  • STAFF SINCE
    2023
  • EDUCATION
    MLA UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN (2023)
    B.A. ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT TULANE UNIVERSITY (2015)
  • SELECTED PROJECTS
    OAKLAND-ALAMEDA ADAPTATION PROJECTS; ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA
    SEACLIFF STATE BEACH CAMPGROUND SLR CONCEPT ALTERNATIVES; APTOS, CA
    CITY OF MANDEVILLE PARKS AND RECREATION MASTER PLAN; MANDEVILLE, LA