Nathan joined NBW in 2023, and brings ten years of professional experience in cultural research, community engagement, project management, and urban planning and design, all with a particular focus on landscape, open space, and the public realm. Nathan specializes in gathering, researching, and synthesizing diverse and multi-layered cultural histories and stories of landscapes, as well as planning, leading, facilitating, and reporting on public and Indigenous engagement programs. Nathan conducts the above with the goal of inspiring and advancing the highest quality of design for a wide variety of landscapes.
Prior to joining NBW, Nathan worked in design consulting and the public sector, where he managed and contributed to award-winning parks, waterfront, and open space landscape design projects, strategic and master plans, and urban design and public infrastructure concepts. Throughout his career, Nathan has been intimately involved in engaging and working with Indigenous Nations and Communities. By facilitating relationship-building between clients, Indigenous Communities, and project teams, Nathan supports inclusive processes that lead to the design and development of spaces that accurately and appropriately interpret traditional, contemporary, and potential future cultural practices and narratives.
Nathan’s diverse experience and skillset have been developed from the foundation established through his educational background. Nathan holds a Master of Planning degree from Dalhousie University with a particular focus on urban history and urban design; a Bachelor of Arts, with Great Distinction, in Urban & Regional Studies (comprised of social sciences, humanities, and fine arts) from the University of Lethbridge; and, studied architecture between degrees at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Dalhousie.
Nathan is passionate about exploring how the design, delivery, and management of landscapes can express optimism, empathy, and empowerment in communities and how these places can tell the multi-layered, nuanced stories of the communities in which they are located.