Ashley Braquet, MLA
Ashley earned a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Louisiana. Prior to joining STA, her previous positions allowed her to contribute to the body of knowledge on climate adaptation strategies for coastal environments. This experience led her down a path exploring natural disasters, both slow and fast, and it has informed the way that she approaches design.
She held an internship with the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation at the National Park Service in Boston, where she contributed research, writing, and GIS mapping to Cultural Landscape Reports and Cultural Landscape Inventories on parks including Gettysburg, the Statue of Liberty, Salem Maritime, Cape Cod National Seashore, and Adams’ Birthplaces. She was also a Fellow with the Doris Duke Newport Restoration Foundation in Rhode Island, where she explored the impacts of sea level rise on a historic coastal neighborhood. Most recently, Ashley worked with a design firm in Tennessee, where she was responsible for documenting the first phase of Nashville’s Centennial Park restoration, completed in partnership with Nelson Byrd Woltz; this documentation earned the first U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Sustainable SITES Gold certification in Middle Tennessee.
As an emerging practitioner, Ashley sees herself as a steward of cultural landscapes because they are deeply tied to the people that shape them. Growing up in Louisiana, she learned the Latin names of plants while walking through the garden with her grandmother; she picked pecans, swam in the Bayou Teche, and learned bits of Cajun French reprimands every time she did something wrong. She often heard stories that began with, “before the storm” and included names like “Camille,” “Betsy,” and “Andrew,” so from very early on, she knew that Louisiana was gripped by a pervasive sense of impermanence. She believes that this impermanence is integral to the vibrant Southern Louisiana culture, which is punctuated by fields of sugar cane, spicy food, cypress swamps, good people, and those satisfying rainstorms that come with big drops she calls alligator tears.
After being away from Louisiana for so long, she found that she missed the rain and her family, so she made her way back home. She hopes to have an impact on the ways Gulf Coasters rebuild after disasters, and to help preserve the legacy of coastal cultures. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys printmaking, cartography, fishing, reading cookbooks, exploring bayous by kayak, watching Harry Potter movies at the beach, and making things grow.