Elise's passion for landscape started at a young age while growing up on her family's farm located in the interior of B.C.. With a bachelor's degree in Horticulture and Master's of Landscape Architecture she has developed a passion for natural landscape systems, especially relative to trees and ethnobotany.
Working in conjuction with L.A. West Associates, Elise has been involved with all facets of a variety of projects from site analysis and conceptual design to tender preparation and contract administration.
During her time away from work Elise follows her young family around local landscapes, watching and learning how to appreciate and explore the natural systems surrounding her.
Ray Visser established L.A. West Associates in Kamloops in 1982. He has worked on various projects ranging in size from residential design to downtown revitalization and has been responsible for projects throughout the interior of B.C..
Ray's extensive experience in private practice includes the preparation of landscape architectural design guidelines, park and institutional master planning, sports facilities design, roadway landscape development and commercial landscape design. His professional responsibilities include conceptual site planning, detailed landscape and irrigation design, field review and project management.
Ray has been a guest lecturer and a part-time instructor in landscape design for the Horticulture program at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. Since 2001, he has been actively involved as a volunteer on the Kamloops Communities in Bloom Committee. In March 2003, Ray Visser was pleased to accept a Community Service Award presented by the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects.
With experience in the landscape and construction industry, as well as an education in landscape architectural technology, Erik has developed an understanding of landscape architecture. Erik has worked on projects ranging from park design to multi-family housing and commercial developments. He is often involved with these projects from beginning to end.
Erik is interested in social interaction and public spaces as well as sustainable design, permaculture, and xeriscape design. A future goals for Erik is to further his knowledge, experience and understanding of large-sale parks masterplanning.
In his free time, Erik enjoys time with his family, exploring, camping, and mountain biking.
Christina has a bachelor's degree in Environmental Design from the University of Manitoba. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Manitoba's Master of Landscape Architecture program and won the Charles H. Thomsen Award in Landscape Architecture for her thesis work on Huculak Park. She is certified by the Government of Canada in research ethics 'CORE' and has experience in community design consultations. Recently she received a certificate from the Wetland Institute for wetland reclamation. Christina is interested in bringing people and nature together through design.
When not at work, Christina enjoys hiking, kayaking, snowboarding, painting or gardening in her community garden plot.