Kristina Zalite, MBCSLA

Kristina’s career as a landscape architect started with printmaking studies at UBC, where she created a large-format book with woodblock prints about the local Coastal Douglas Fir ecosystem. After going on to gain her BFA, MLA, and Certificate in Ecological Restoration, Kristina worked for a variety of environmental NGOs to create beautiful community gardens, implement better transportation to schools, and conceive new public art ideas, before studying landscape architecture at the University of Guelph.

Her landscape work has stretched from Iqaluit to Vancouver Island, where she designed and managed the construction of public parks, multi-family townhouses, green roof systems, streetscapes, biofiltration swales, elementary school playgrounds, and more. Her favourite part of the elementary design projects is seeing the children climb and run around the playground, animating all the new spaces. Kristina has also written about landscaping and taught Ecological Landscape Design at Gaia College.

One of Kristina’s favourite spots in Vancouver is the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden, which has inspired her recent artistic work on a series of woodblock prints. In her free time, Kristina can be found dancing, singing, hiking, and exploring BC’s vineyards.