Gaila (1991) joined OKRA in 2018 as a landscape architect. Her international and multidisciplinary background makes her a creative and versatile designer, with a broad understanding of different scales of intervention. One of her main interests lies in the aspect of time and natural rhythms, as she envisions every design as an open-ended process, rather than a one-time aesthetic act. She believes that a healthy design has to be triggered by the resources directly available on site: existing materials, vegetation and people actively collaborate with the landscape architect to create a transforming landscape in time. Circularity and natural development in time are only few of the topics she questions herself with.
Gaila holds a Master of Science in Landscape Architecture from the Delft University of Technology and a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from IUAV University in Venice, Italy. After several experiences in Italy and France, she was employed at LODEWIJK BALJON landschapsarchitecten in Amsterdam where she dealt with projects in various realisation phases, from concept design to technical detailing for construction. At OKRA Gaila developed a strong interest in the research and communicative aspect of the design. She challenges herself in finding new ways of interpreting and representing all those ephemeral aspects (seasonality, sensoriality et cetera) that characterizes our profession.
She is currently involved in both Dutch and international projects, especially in France.