Nathania Martinez
Nathania Martinez

I am a child born out of a static, unimaginative suburbia of South Florida, with few experiences that connected me to the outdoors. My path to landscape architecture was strangely and slowly direct, thanks to my early exposure to the visual arts while enrolled in schools with art programs since the age of seven. An endangered kind of public institution in this neck of the woods. I remember learning how to develop film, sculpt pottery, carve linoleum prints, and think critically in the fourth grade. I continued to attend visual and performing arts schools further away from home until I reached my current standing as a fourth year BLA student at the University of Florida’s School of Landscape Architecture. I decided this after my time at Design and Architecture Senior High School, from which I graduated in 2013. There I met mentors who showed me opportunities and possibilities, and to strive for that which to me once seemed impossible. I dabbled in architecture and interior design, but discovered an itch for landscape architecture. Now at the age of 20, I see that I have a lifetime ahead to strengthen the relationship I once lacked with our environments. To be curious and concerned about how the way we grow effects the way we live, to smile at the simplest of details, and to delve into the many wonders of thoughtful honest design.