Ellie Gaffo | Landscape – San Diego | Project Manager | 6th year

What is your favorite thing about working at Urban Arena?
Seeing my designs get built

What has been your favorite project you have worked on?
The Royce & Marisol Apartments

What is your favorite plant/building material?
Agave ‘Blue Flame’ / Corten Steel

Who/what are your inspirations for design?
Andrea Cochan, Mia Lehrer, Pamela Burton, Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Dolores Huerta

When I’m working, I listen to…
Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations, Mindful Mama, Piano music, Musica Romantica

What is your go-to design charrette/brainstorm idea?
Swiss family Robinson treehouse

What is a dream project you would love to work on?
Island Resort somewhere outside of the U.S.

What is your design philosophy/mantra?
Be Present – Always do your best


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