I am an environmental planner. My passion goes to create ecologically sound communities in both developed and developing countries. Through my hands on-experiences in the Himalayas, Southern Africa, South Asia, and North America, the necessity of cultivating healthy human-nature relationships as the foundation of sustainable and resilient communities, was indelibly impressed on me. As a Ph.D. student at University of British Columbia, Canada, I am working on developing sustainable solutions for societies that are forced to adapt to climate change through indigenous innovation. As a naturalist and an artist, I also try to integrate art into science. My photos and drawings highlight people’s relationships to nature, and their lives within the natural environment. Discovering the relationships is my life’s work to inspire how to create ecologically sound communities.

2007   Gakushuin University, Tokyo, B.A. in Political Studies
2010   Lesley University, Massachusetts, M.S. in Ecological Leadership and Education
2015   University of California, Berkeley, Master in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning