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KATHARINA KAFKA

AALA, CSLA, M.L.Arch.

Katharina has over 15 years’ experience as Landscape Architect and works within the full range of scale, from Master Plans and pocket parks, to civic spaces and private yards.

Originally from Vienna, Katharina obtained a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria in 2002. Her degree included a year of study at the Versailles National School of Landscape Architecture (ENSP) in France, as well as an internship with Michelle Desvigne Landscape Architects in Paris. After first working as a Landscape Architect in Vienna, Katharina moved to Dublin, Ireland in 2004 and continued her career with Mitchell and Associates. She acquired her professional membership with the Irish Landscape Institute in 2007.

Katharina moved to Edmonton in 2010 and joined the Alberta Association for Landscape Architects (AALA) and CSLA (Canadian Society for Landscape Architecture) in 2011. For the past six years, Katharina has primarily been working with Manasc Isaac Architects Ltd. on many collaborative projects.

Katharina fundamentally believes that the landscapes that surround us are vital to our well being, whether it is the vastness of the boreal forest or an urban city square. She has a deep appreciation for nature and the richness of cultural landscapes, as well as a passion for urban spaces. Katharina enjoys working with local ecosystems and connecting people to nature. She believes, that in a city or town, the public spaces are essential to the feel and making of the place. It is these unfiltered urban spaces – the streets, plazas and parks – where people from all walks of life come together, that inspire and bring a place to life. Katharina has a strong interest in designing these public spaces as vital places for living, working, relaxing and playing.

Katharina’s designs are deeply rooted in their neighbourhoods and their natural and historic contexts.  She enjoys working in a close, collaborative process with Architects, Engineers, fabricators and contractors.

Katharina has extensive experience designing schools and playgrounds. She particularly enjoys working for Indigenous communities and organizations.   

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