Isabel Jimenez has been involved with the field of landscape architecture since an early age. Growing up in Santa Barbara, she learned about the complexities of plants and trees while working at her family nursery. She also had the good fortune to learn about the techniques used in building landscapes while regularly visiting job sites with her father, a landscape contractor.
In her undergraduate education Isabel studied the planning and design of the built environment and its effect on human behavior and social interaction. She went on to work in community development for a city planning department where she strengthened her understanding of environmental and social conditions along with the power of community outreach in design. Inevitably, her deep seated and intergenerational connection to the land drew her to the field of landscape architecture.
Isabel received her master’s degree in Landscape Architecture and was nominated as an Olmsted Scholar for her thesis work on underserved communities in the San Joaquin Valley. During her time in graduate school Isabel also served as a senator on the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) student board where she engaged in current topics with practitioners and students.
As a landscape designer Isabel aspires to use her experience working with plants and people to contribute to the SBLA team in thoughtfully creating spaces that speak to issues of spatial equity, sustainability, and aesthetics.
Master of Landscape Architecture – University of Southern California. Los Angeles, CA
Bachelor of Urban Studies & Planning – California State University, Northridge. Northridge, CA