July 30, 2018

Meet the OJB Team

Jeanette Cantu is a Designer in OJB's Boston office.

What inspired you to become a landscape architect? The need for public spaces accessible for many, the need of creating spaces that offer co-habitation with nature and wildlife. The need to integrate resourceful design that allows restoration, and sustainable methods to enhance natural cycles, like water reuse, creating habitats and restoring sites impacted by human activities.

Who as an artist or landscape architect influenced your design and plant materials? A perfect sample is the ‘Spiral Jetty’ by Robert Smithson. A majestic yet simple piece that responds to its surroundings conditions.  A tool that can communicate the Great Salt Lakes salinity fluctuation through the color of the rocks, the number of bacteria and fungi by the color of the water and all of this phenomenon just because Smithson understood the site. A representation of the ambition to frame the unframed, a work of art that evolves through time.

What is your focus when designing? What makes your work rewarding? For me, is about understanding the site and to be able to respond to its needs, and strengths.  Being able to bring an idea into reality, and see people enjoy it as much as we do  while designing it its very rewarding.

Where do you go to feel inspired? Outdoor activities like skiing, running and hiking gives me the opportunity to experience to contemplate nature while it evolves and responds to changes in its surroundings, like the sun angle, the flow of the wind, and if you are lucky gorgeous sunsets.

What has been your favorite OJB project to work on and why? One of my favorite projects at OJB is Arboleda, a mixed-use project that has opened my eyes to Landscape Architecture. After graduating I had the privilege of working with OJB as an independent architect in Monterrey, Mexico. This experience motivated me to pursue my master’s in landscape architecture at RISD and to consequently join OJB.