Favorite Plant: Carya ovata, Shagbark Hickory
He later pursued a degree in Craft and Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. Following school, he began working professionally as a gardener, deepening his love for plants. He was later a fellow at Allegheny Mountain Institute where he obtained his permaculture certification.
At UVA, he found his love for travel and experiencing new cultural practices, and rediscovered his love of drawing—documenting ways in which people of different cultures have created and embody space while engaging with their surroundings. He was a 2020 recipient of the ASLA Virginia Chapter Award for Scholarship for Excellence in the Study of Landscape Architecture.