Nathania Martinez



Miami, Florida


Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Florida


Landscape architecture, community-participatory design, design-build, vernacular landscape, land use, urban-rural dynamics


Nathania is a recent graduate of the College of Design, Construction, and Planning from the University of Florida’s School of Landscape Architecture and Planning. She was introduced to Latin American Studies via center-based faculty Dr. Murtha during his Environmental Planning and Design studio and subsequent work with him and the Costa Escondida Project--an interdisciplinary research effort focused on the relationship the Maya had to the coastal Northern Yucatán landscape over the past 3,000 years. Nathania’s pursuits in participatory design stem from engaging in several design-build projects during her undergraduate career. First while working with two Florida elementary schools to design and build reading gardens, and then through a semester abroad with the University of Washington landscape architecture program to design and build a therapeutic garden at a high school dormitory in Rijeka, Croatia. Working with locals of various interests and physical abilities to determine their needs of the space animated her interest in community development, participatory design, and designing with youth. For two years she worked as a university student representative with Florida-based non-profit Future Landscape Architects of America to build lesson plans for diverse groups of students K-12 that introduce them to varied facets of landscape architectural design, including topics in demonstrating stormwater issues, field observations, site analysis, landscape plans, and design charrettes for design-build projects. She looks forward to bridging research and design during her time with the MALAS program.