I come from Silesia, which is a region in the southern Poland known for its coal mining and industrial heritage that put their stamp on the landscape character as well. I like to believe that this heavily altered landscape influenced my sensitivity to the value of nature beyond the bounds of designated areas, and inspired my educational choices.
My original background is in biology, but inspired by the concept and practice of habitat creation and repair, I decided to move to landscape architecture – to turn my passion for habitats and vegetation into practice. I started my professional career as a garden designer in my home country, but for the last several years I’ve been based in the UK. I have experience in the private and public sector, working mainly on residential, light industrial and educational projects. Last year, I took a leap to set up on my own and progress my practice focusing on arboriculture, nature-based landscape design and ecology.
Before deciding to pack my bags, I had worked alongside NGOs in Silesia, advocating urban regeneration through community engagement and grass roots interventions – a collaboration that keeps flourishing, albeit with the actors in different roles now. I am passionate about nature conservation which I put in practice by advocating nature-based solutions. Despite living in a flat without my own garden to experiment in, I keep myself busy involved in the local community groups looking after our beloved public green
spaces or fighting to manage road verges for the benefit of pollinators and other wildlife.
I am a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute in the UK, but I support the hard work of my peers from the Association of Landscape Architecture Poland (SAK). I look forward to meeting you all during our online catch ups and in person at various meetings and congresses.