Serena Nelson joined Nelson Byrd Woltz in 2003 after completion of a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. Her final year of undergraduate studies focused heavily on the study of landscape as a connective infrastructure and the representation of layered relationships through drawing. In the Charlottesville office Serena worked on the Campbell Hall Landscape Additions and the Asia Trail at the National Zoo.
In 2006 Serena returned to the University of Virginia to pursue dual Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees, where she served as a Kenan Fellow, guest-lecturing on the Miller House and Garden as an integration of architecture and landscape architecture for Arch101 Lessons of the Lawn. Through coursework and travels in graduate school, Serena explored water infrastructure in Mexico City, visited polder landscapes of the Netherlands and Germany, learned about the layers of the sinking city of Venice, and charretted in Shanghai to design a prototypical exurban school for the U.S. China Center for Sustainable Development.
Following graduate school, Serena worked for two years with Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners where she gained exposure to the unique design climate of New York City, working with a broad range of city agencies, community groups, institutional clients and private developers. In the spring of 2012, Serena re-joined Nelson Byrd Woltz and is currently working on the Hudson Yards Development in New York City.