Sara Ahadi took a typically atypical path to landscape architecture, obtaining a degree in psychology from UBC prior to completing an MLA at the University of Toronto. In her view, these fields are not so divergent; she enjoys contemplating their common ground!
Reminiscing about her early childhood evokes fond memories of her grandparents’ summer villa near the Caspian Sea. The beguiling host of animals – hens, roosters, and German Shepherds – and environments – orchards and treehouse – was a kid’s dream, with endless opportunities for playful adventure. Sara cites these experiences, as well as weekends spent exploring the beautiful landscapes of BC, as inciting her love of nature, and ultimately shaping her career path.
In her work, Sara is fascinated by both the rich histories that are embedded in a place and the process of uncovering these layers: “revealing the landscape that once was, understanding what the uses and needs of a given space are today, and envisioning what it has the potential to look and behave like in the future.”