RACHELLE ROAKE LANDSCAPE DESIGNER

  • Bachelor of Science, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan
  • Master of Science, Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University
  • Master of Landscape Architecture, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

Rachelle aims to restore ecological resiliency to the landscape through design that strengthens the human-nature relationship. Inspired by Doug Tallamy, she works to integrate native plants and ecological principles into human-dominated landscapes to support birds, pollinators, and wildlife through legible, engaging design. She strives to build climate-resilient landscapes that are equitable, functional, and respectful; that acknowledge the past and promote a future of healing.

As a landscape designer at Surface 678, Rachelle creates analysis diagrams, graphics, maps, and technical documents that guide a project from concept to reality. Her growing portfolio includes campus design and public park development. She is passionate about naturalistic planting design and enjoys navigating the challenges of urban conditions, seasonal interest, long-term maintenance, and supporting local food webs.

Rachelle hails from the sunrise side of Michigan where she grew up climbing trees, catching frogs, and playing in sand dunes. Today, she can be found hiking, birding, and botanizing the Piedmont.