What drew Maddie Hoagland-Hanson to landscape architecture is similar to what drew her to study literature: the enticement of other worlds, grounded by an unshakeable affection for this one. Her work as a designer is informed by her childhood growing up in the city of Philadelphia as well as her omnivorous professional background that includes stints on backcountry trail crews in Texas, Utah, and the Pacific Northwest.
Maddie received her MLA from the University of Virginia, where she honed a lifelong interest in the aesthetic and functional potential of plants and served as an editor for the thirteenth issue of UVA's student-run journal lunch. Her thesis research examined the complex human (and non-human) history of the National Zoological Park in Washington, DC and imagined a speculative future for its grounds.
Outside of the office, Maddie enjoys reading, adding to her glacial stack of unread books, and writing. She hopes to write a book someday.