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Evelyn Simmel


Evelyn joins dwg. with a passion for public space and embracing landscape as a tool for equity, health, safety, and expression in urban communities. With past experiences working at a civil engineering firm and a metropolitan state park in her hometown of Indianapolis, Evelyn developed strong technical skills, as well as a social service mindset early on, which she continues to lean on in the design studio. While obtaining her Bachelor's in Landscape Architecture from Purdue University, she was able to spend time studying abroad in the English landscape and fostering exchange of ideas and camaraderie as president of the Purdue student chapter of ASLA.

Transferring her experiences in the peri-urban Midwest to downtown Austin has brightened her eyes to the opportunities that lie within the intersection of Blackland Prairie and Edwards Plateau. She believes that the orchestration of landscapes can hold a key role in uplifting community and staging opportunity, through a system of ecological, aesthetic, political, and scientific inquiry.

Outside of work Evelyn likes to taste a bit of everything—exercising creativity through mediums of clay, paint, and pencil; cycling around or paddling through Lady Bird Lake; bringing a book to a spot of dappled shade under a Live Oak; and constantly turning to food as a center of her own community, whether bouncing between food trucks or researching local heirloom varieties for her latest recipe attempt.

Evelyn Simmel
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