The spectre of climate change and the power of spaces that tell stories were key influences on Carl’s decision to study landscape architecture. Born in Manila, he was in high school when he immigrated with his family to Winnipeg. Technologically adept from an early age, he contemplated a career in graphic design, computer science, or environmental science, but opted instead to study environmental design at the University of Manitoba. Working on several undergraduate studio projects with members of Indigenous communities across the Canadian Prairies strengthened his interest in landscape’s narrative potential. Additionally, having worked for Adaptability Canada on the University of Manitoba campus as a junior accessibility auditor, he developed a sensitivity to the importance of designing spaces for people of all abilities. During the pandemic, Carl’s internship at Travis Van Liere Studio in Minneapolis evolved into an opportunity to pursue his University of Manitoba Master of Landscape Architecture degree remotely, while concurrently gaining work experience. West Coast visits inspired his master’s thesis: a proposal to transform industrially ravaged coastal marshlands in the San Francisco Bay area into a park that will gradually disappear as climate change generates higher sea levels. He recently completed his post-graduate degree and is now part of PLANT’s team for Newmarket, Ontario’s Mulock Park.