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Introducing, Ian Garnier!

Meet Ian Garnier, joining Board & Vellum's Landscape and Site Design team! With three degrees from the University of Washington and a long-time love of building spaces and worlds, Ian brings storytelling and the human experience into all his projects. When he isn't working and spending time with his family, Ian loves rum and creating tropical-inspired drinks!

December 8, 2020


I'm Ian. I am excited to join the team here at Board & Vellum and take part in the exciting work going on here!

I hail from Southern California by way of Phoenix, Arizona, having spent my childhood roasting in the Valley of the Sun. As a child, I loved drawing places and building worlds and explaining the narrative tying them together. Where my companions occupied themselves with Pokémon and idolizing the X-Men, I loved to explore like my hero Indiana Jones. But, that didn’t prevent me from joining them in a game of football. After high school, I packed up with my now-wife and headed for Seattle, looking for a change of scenery.

I graduated from the University of Washington (the first time) at the height of The Recession. With my BA in Geography, I took a job as a Maps contractor for Google and studied for entrance to graduate school. I first learned of Landscape Architecture the following year during my orientation for the Urban Design and Planning program at UW. After much contemplation, I decided to take the plunge and graduated from the University of Washington (again) with dual degrees in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design and Planning. I was fortunate to start my new professional life right out of school, being hired-on from my internship to a full-time position with GGLO. After several years, needing a change, I joined Studio Hanson | Roberts, a firm specializing in zoo exhibits. A need for new opportunities finally led me to Board & Vellum.

These days, when I’m not at work, I can be found playing on the floor with my children and learning how to be a family of five. In the few and far between quieter moments, I practice Tsundoku, enjoy fine rum (the true American spirit), and make tropical-themed drinks. In the future (post-COVID-19), I’m going to Disneyland.

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