Hope leads the Adaptive Water Urbanism Initiative, which is an integrated program of teaching, research, design, and outreach. The service-learning program empowers students to work with agency representatives, experts, design professionals, and community members to help adapt the most disadvantaged communities to sea level rise, recurrent flooding, and drought. More information about the Adaptive Water Urbanism Initiative can be found on www.waterurbanism.net
Hope’s design and research focus on integrating urban design with ecosystem services to facilitate both climate and environmental adaptation. Hope’s backgrounds span across a diverse range of disciplines, including environmental design, civil engineering, social sciences, environmental psychology, and neuroscience. Her interdisciplinary inquiry seeks possible ways to mainstream a water-retentive approach to urban design for public acceptance.
At WSU, Hope taught sea level rise adaptation studios and field experience courses for Seattle, San Francisco, and Richmond. She also offered Rainworks Challenge, Site Engineering and Stormwater Management, and Resilient by Design Theory Seminar. Previously, she taught Water Urbanism Seminar, Waterfront Design Elective, Stormwater Management, and Professional Practice at Penn State University, Landscape Architectural and Urban Design Terminal Studios and Transformative Design Elective at the University of Oregon, as well as Site Planning and Engineering and Landscape Ecology Design Studio at the University of Michigan.
Hope is a licensed landscape architect in Washington and Oregon. Since 2000, she has practiced as an award-winning landscape architect and public artist. Hope also has been a finalist and winner for several international and national design competitions. Before returning to academia, she served as a partner in northern Oregon for a global water design company headquartered in Germany. Prior to providing design leadership for the Manhattan-based landscape architecture and urban design studio of one of the largest international architecture and planning practices, she was a project lead designer and manager for the east coast headquarters of one of the largest global landscape architecture and environmental planning companies in metropolitan Washington D.C.
Over the last 16 years, Hope has been involved with the design of outdoor light and water installations in mixed-use developments in South Korea and India, as well as several award-winning domestic landscape architecture and public art projects. Her diverse portfolio encompasses public parks and plazas, children’s outdoor spaces, healthcare gardens, zoos, wildlife habitats, constructed wetlands, and waterscapes in addition to academic and corporate campus planning and design. These projects received many awards, including three from the Society of Landscape Architects and four from the American Institute of Architects. Most recently, Hope served as a Co-Chair for the ASLA Water Conservation Professional Practice Networks. She has been invited by federal agencies and municipalities from around the world to be a competition judge and an expert reviewer for design proposals and water-related projects.