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Introducing, Hailey Mackay!

It‘s time to say hello to a new B&V’er in the landscape and site design studio: Hailey Mackay! Hailey grew up inhabiting both the urban and rural environments of the Pacific Northwest, and the experience of balancing those contexts to informs her work today.

June 20, 2018


My name is Hailey, I am a landscape designer, native Washingtonian, and Seattleite. I have deep roots here, going back to the late 19th century when my family homesteaded in the foothills of western Washington. Although I grew up living in Seattle, as a kid, I spent a lot of time on the homestead in the country — climbing trees and catching snakes in the tall grass. When I wasn’t exploring creeks and scrabbling over boulders, I was running wild in Seattle riding the Metro buses, playing on closed freeway overpasses, and hanging out in local parks.

Introducing, Hailey Mackay! – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum

Flash forward, and not much has changed. Splitting my time between urban and rural spaces has shaped my understanding of built environments and my interests as a designer. The duality of my childhood experiences translates into a professional sense of curiosity: a need to explore and seek out spaces where the urban and the natural intersect.

As a gardener and landscaper, I developed a love of plants and an interest in the complex web that unites the built and natural environments. My interest in the intersection between constructed and natural is what led me to landscape architecture. As a Master of Landscape Architecture candidate at the University of Washington, I further explored my interest in urban and natural spaces, human connections to space, and the role of built environments in public and environmental health.

As an intern in Copenhagen, Denmark at the urban design firm Schulze + Grassov, I experienced the impacts of good design on the health and happiness of cities and learned how to design for human delight.

Introducing, Hailey Mackay! – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum

Today, I revel in the opportunity to design simultaneously for beauty, function, and health. Regardless of scale or typology, I am always looking for ways to improve the experience of a space and create moments in the landscape that surprise and delight.

I was drawn to Board & Vellum by the firm’s commitment to a design practice that continues to evolve. I wanted to work somewhere that reflects the dynamism of the built environment, integrating disciplines seamlessly to create a congruent design approach that is balanced and flexible. At Board & Vellum, I have not only found an integrated built environments practice, but also a group of talented individuals who love what they do and have a ton of fun doing it.

Introducing, Hailey Mackay! – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum

Outside the office, I still love to run wild in the city and the country — exploring Seattle Parks and National Forests. My favorite hobbies are running my dog in the woods, reading fantasy and science fiction books, and cooking for my loved ones.

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