As a project designer at Gustafson Guthrie Nichol in Seattle, Washington, Rikerrious has worked on projects around the globe. He uses his degree in unique and challenging ways every day. “It’s very collaborative,” he said, “You get to work with the stakeholders, engineers, architects, and other consultants to make your vision a reality.” Landscape architecture comes with the challenge of communication and the constraints of money, physics, and building codes to ensure public safety. However, Rikerrious loves seeing the intersection between public spaces and the environment come to life through those limitations. “A part of my passion will always exist in cities people can enjoy endlessly,” he said.
He has long held a passion for the natural environment and landscape architecture allows him to both celebrate the environment and serve communities. “I want to sustainably shape and influence communities by creating social spaces people want to be in. My work can bring a lot of value to communities and cities,” he said.
As a testament to his passion for landscape architecture, Rikerrious currently serves on the Seattle Design Commission, advocating for sustainable-focused design that commemorates the diverse cultures of surrounding communities in Seattle.