June 13, 2018

Meet the OJB Team

Corianne Andrews is a Project Designer in OJB's San Diego office.

What inspired you to become a landscape architect? I really had a love for art and architecture, and a fascination with the natural world from a pretty young age, but I didn’t find out about landscape architecture until much later. I read an article about Duisburg Nord Landscape Park that really left an impression on me. Almost immediately, I wanted to become involved in this profession that seemed to unite my interests.

Who as an artist or landscape architect influenced your design and plant materials? I have always been interested in design that creates a dialogue between past and present. From post-industrial landscapes that envision new use, to vernacular architecture as an expression of culture and identity, there is frequently a declaration of time and context in the works that inspire me most.

What is your focus when designing? I think my focus naturally tends to adapt to the individual needs of each project, but I really enjoy the problem-solving nature of design, and the creation of spatial experience. The integration of the built environment with the natural world can be so dynamic and that intersection, along with my background in Interior Architecture, has greatly contributed to my holistic approach and perspective. I received my degree in Interior Architecture from La Roche College in Pittsburgh, PA.

What makes your work rewarding? We are designing for the future! Our profession has the potential to greatly affect the evolution of place!

Where do you go to feel inspired? I am typically most inspired by travel. Whether it be to another country or a natural landscape, I truly believe changing your context allows you to change your thought process and output. As a recent transplant from the Northeast, I’m really enjoying exploring the West Coast! I think there’s a lot to learn from each travel experience. I think my time in the Middle East left the biggest impression on me both personally and professionally. It’s such a fascinating landscape of contrasts and blending of cultures and ideas. 

What has been your favorite OJB project to work on and why? I’ve had the opportunity to work on a diverse set of projects in the short time I’ve been at OJB, spanning from a modern tech-campus with a landscape of Southern California natives, to a public urban park offering open space and community-minded programming. Lately, much of my contribution has been towards a Riverfront Revitalization Master Plan for Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa, focused on creating and re-imagining environments that allow people to engage with the Missouri River.