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By creating inspiring and healthy natural areas in the greater Portland area, Margot aspires to play a role in bringing community members together and empowering our next generation of climate leaders.

Margot Halpin, SITES AP

Margot Halpin is a landscape designer who works with both public and private clients to design ecologically-diverse and engaging landscapes.

Margot believes that a major solution to our world’s climate crisis is reconnecting humans to their surrounding environment. She views placemaking as a way to spur community action at many levels: from a simple interaction with a neighbor to a broader understanding of ecological systems. This especially holds true in urban environments where people tend to have less engagement with the natural world. By creating inspiring and healthy natural areas in the greater Portland area, she aspires to play a role in bringing community members together and empowering our next generation of climate leaders.

Margot has contributed to large scale public projects such as TriMet Southwest Corridor and smaller scale public parks projects like Latourette park. She has also provided cutting-edge design and graphics for the Port of Vancouver’s Terminal One.

Motivated to deepen her focus on ecological design through tangible and relevant design solutions, Margot became a SITES Accredited Professional through the US Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2018. She is also a certified drone pilot.

Margot loves working at GreenWorks because of the broad range of ecologically-focused projects we work on, but even more so because of the genuine, friendly, and supportive group of co-workers she enjoys growing with.

When Margot is not designing, she’s busy gathering inspiration from bike camping trips, dancing to live music, growing vegetables, crafting and sewing projects, and playing her cello.

Education

MS, Ecological Landscape Design and Planning, The Conway School, Northampton, MA
BS, Natural Resource Planning, Green Building & Community Design, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT