Staff Spotlight: Vanessa Ngo
News // Nov. 20, 2023
We were thrilled to recently welcome Vanessa Ngo to the team in our Dallas studio as an Associate. Vanessa’s accomplishments, out-going personality and leadership have quickly made a positive impact on our growing team as they continue to build an impressive portfolio in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, designing parks, trails and public spaces for clients such as Billingsley and City of Frisco.
We caught up with Vanessa to learn more about her role with the team, areas of interest and what her appointment as an Associate means to her.
Can you describe your current role at STUDIO tla?
I am an Associate that’s responsible for project management, client relations, team development, and design. Project wise, my current focus is on large urban mixed-use developments, and I enjoy learning the ins and outs of each discipline and the variety of work that comes within these types of projects. It allows me to stretch my design thinking and caters to a larger audience of all types.
What are your areas of interest in landscape architecture/urban design and what you are passionate about?
I actually have several things that I’m passionate about. Here’s a laundry list, in no particular order:
- Providing an unfamiliar and/or nostalgic user experience through detailed design and place making.
- Creating green spaces for underserved local communities and community engagement.
- Being involved in the design process from start to finish and then being able to showcase the final product. I really do believe we have one of the coolest jobs in the world and being able to showcase our work especially with friends and family is a reward in itself.
- The rush and relief I get from working against deadlines and–when all is said and done–looking back on the deliverable and feeling a great sense of pride in what we’ve produced as a team.
- The multi-faceted aspects of our role as landscape architects and how our approach and expertise can be integrated with other professions and real-world experiences. I enjoy how each project is a chance to learn new skills and develop new approaches, which provides opportunities outside of our profession.
As a newly appointed Associate, what opportunities and challenges are you looking forward to taking on?
Being an Associate at a new, growing studio–in a such a fast-growing area like Dallas-Fort Worth–can be a daunting task, but I’m excited about the opportunities and new experiences that come with it, especially in an environment where we are unified by the same goals. It’s inspiring to see everyone at all levels contribute the same amount of work and energy on all projects. STUDIO tla offers an abundance of opportunities and growth trajectories, which encourages all of us to diversify our skillsets and become more well-rounded through day-to-day contributions.
I have great opportunity to influence our office growth, work, processes, and culture by drawing on my previous experience. Also, I’m excited to continue my role as a Project Manager and the new experiences that come with being a leader on a trusting and highly dynamic team. We all want the Dallas studio to succeed and working hard to make this happen adds a layer of responsibilities and opportunities to my role as an Associate, which is a great challenge for me.
In terms of challenges, learning new workflows and acclimatizing to different expectations and design standards is something that always comes when you join a new team, and my team members in the Dallas and Toronto studios have been extremely helpful and encouraging.