Beth joined Arterra in 2016 after spending a year and a half in Asia studying Mandarin and traveling. Before her time in Asia, she worked as a landscape designer on projects in and around the Bay Area for almost six years. She graduated from the University of California Davis in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture and a minor in environmental horticulture.
Beth’s family has a history in engineering and construction, and her paternal grandfather and father are both civil and structural engineers. She was exposed to the smell of blueprints and drawings early on when she went to visit her father at work. She was fond of pencil drawing and oil painting classes during childhood.
At UC Davis she originally began her focus on the sciences. But after taking a few science courses she realized that she had no passion for the subject matter. Interested in art, natural science, and construction, she opened up the course book and discovered a major called landscape architecture. Before long, she found that the field was a perfect balance of her many interests.
Beth draws inspiration from her extensive travels in Asia and Europe, including a study abroad program on sustainability in Scotland, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden.
A Bay Area native, Beth lives in San Francisco with her dog, Emma. When she is not at Arterra, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, especially with her little niece, as well as exploring other countries through their food and culture.