We design spaces that help people thrive

The Biophilia team is focused on bringing nature into peoples lives in all environments. We believe that nature and specifically plants, natural light and fresh air make humans happier. It is with this belief that we begin our design process, creating spaces that connect people with nature and enabling them to heal and thrive.

We have succeeded if our designs entice people to spend time with nature; whether it is in a pubic park or an intimate residential courtyard, the space must engage its users and inspire them.

Bianca Bodley Owner and principle designer

Owner and Principal Designer at Biophilia, Bianca Bodley has 13 years experience designing and project managing residential and commercial installations in Victoria, Vancouver and the Gulf Islands. Her project portfolio includes public and residential landscapes, interior atriums, living walls and green roofs. Biophilia’s service is driven by Bianca’s values of open communication and understanding; innovation and sustainability. Whether it is a public space or an intimate interior atrium, each project has the opportunity to be a sanctuary for people to connect with their natural world, and this is what drives Bianca’s work. That vision is what drives her to explore and innovate, and to continue finding new ways to connect to nature as we design and build our environments. Bianca and her team take on projects as if it were their own and look to find efficiencies in team work and collaboration with the community of builders that we have fostered long standing relationships with.

Elizabeth Balderston, RLA, BCSLA, CSLA lead landscape architect

Elizabeth will be the lead landscape architect on this project with over 15 years of design and construction experience. Her career highlights include being the lead architect for Urban Systems in Kelowna who specializing in engineering services as well as being the principal for her own firm for 3 years. She has a wide ranging portfolio including the plaza and landscaping for a public library, landscaping of a waterfront public parks space and a integrated rainwater management plan for plans for the UBC Okanagan campus. Elizabeth has sat on the board of the BCSLA and is currently a intern mentor. She is passionate about great design, using sustainable materials and restoring disturbed ecosystems. Elizabeth will be the lead Senior Architect on this project, she design oversight of design development, construction documents and post construction inspections and warranties of deficiencies, and attending ongoing community and team meetings.

Karianne Howarth, B.END, MLA

A life-long adventurer inspired by the rich diversity of natural and designed environments, Karianne has lived and worked in countries throughout the world. Challenges encountered during the design and development of an off-grid half-acre property in the desert of Baja California inspired the need to better understand natural systems and how they can be maintained symbiotically within human settlement. As a recent UBC graduate of both Environmental Design and Landscape Architecture, Karianne has developed an excellent understanding of green infrastructure technologies, which use specialized planting schemes to slow, filter and clean stormwater in order to reduce flooding and contamination of local waterways. Her vision is to create beautiful, enduring landscapes that are nurturing and regenerative, while providing essential ecosystem services for both the user and the local environment.

Katie Nikota, MLALandscape Designer

Katie Nikota has a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph. After achieving a Diploma in Landscape Design and a degree in Integrated Land Planning (ILP) she spent numerous years working for the City of Toronto as a Landscape Technician for the Parks Department Landscape Architects. Katie’s interests lie in the preservation and conservation of natural habitats, and her designs are driven by her focus on urban strategies that move beyond “sustainability” into “regeneration.” Living a well-balanced lifestyle of traveling, hiking, SUP, running and deep appreciation for nature it was a natural fit for her to join Biophilia’s team.

Lindsay MitchellDesigner, Builder and Ticketed Welder

As a furniture maker and a ticketed welder, Lindsay brings a unique skill set to our team. Her unwavering attention to detail and her drive to create beautiful solutions makes her work truly unique. Pigeonhole home store, SALT, Little Gold and Migration are a few of the local stores she has worked with to build custom shelving and display units.

She collaborates with builders and interior designers to create stunning architectural pieces for kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms. In our landscape designs Lindsay brings the ability to design and fabricate custom water features, gates, fencing, pergolas and bespoke art pieces.