I'm glad you're here, and I'm grateful to be introduced. Here are a few quick facts about me:
I spend a lot of time writing, telling stories, and learning.
I started my career in psychology, and then studied landscape architecture at Penn Design.
I believe behavior is as much about context as personal will.
I worked for 5 years designing beautiful places in the world with SWA Group in Sausalito, California.
I've held more than 30 jobs. I started working when I was 8 (on my own accord) and held my first city job at 14. My grandfather is still working (and he's 90), and I'll probably work for the rest of my life.
I believe that making things is an important part of learning who you are.
I was born in Germany, but raised in California.
I studied Psychology and Biology at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.
I love books, more than anything. Well, except maybe writing, and explaining things to people.
People often mistake me for an extrovert. Over-stimulation pains me. I need a lot of time alone.
I raised $33,000 for Charity: Water for my 29th birthday and swam naked from Alcatraz to San Francisco as part of the campaign.
I love figuring out how the world works.
I draw when I talk and I speak with my hands.
I love doing handstands.
I really love numbers. I especially like memorizing them and I have a strange affinity for Pi.
I roam the world a lot.
I love being barefoot.
I'm a certified yoga teacher with a raw food and holistic detox certification, although I still occasionally eat hamburgers and fries. (I'm becoming more and more vegetarian).
It's a journey.
I currently reside in Brooklyn after spending many years in San Francisco.
The professional biography.
Sarah Kathleen Peck is a writer, storyteller, designer, and mover. She teaches writing workshops, speaks on the importance of great storytelling and communications design and writes both fiction and nonfiction.
She is the founder of the award-winning Landscape Urbanism website and journal, a website that explores the future of cities from a design perspective. She began her career in architecture and design, focused on the impact of the built environment on human potential and happiness. She spent five years at SWA Group, an international landscape architecture and design firm, where she grew her role as a designer into a leading voice in communications design. Her research and practice lies between landscape architecture, technology, communications, and strategy, allowing her to merge her passions for storytelling and narrative with landscape architecture and spatial design. Prior to entering the design world, Sarah’s research and writing in psychology focused on the relationships between design, environment and behavior; today she runs several event-based projects that focus on curating conversations between high-impact individuals.
Previously, Sarah was an associate editor for Penn Design’s journal, Via: Occupation, and a designer with SWA Group in Sausalito, CA. She has written and been featured in the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Lifehacker, Planning, SPUR, ASLA’s The Dirt, and The New Planner, among others. She has taught workshops at the World Domination Summit, Bold Academy, General Assembly; participated in design hackathons including StartUp Weekend and Fast Company's Reinvent Business Hackathon, and has spoken regularly at conferences across the country.
Based in both San Francisco, CA and Brooklyn, New York, Sarah is a 20-time NCAA All-American swimmer who has successfully swam from Alcatraz 9 times, most recently raising $32,398 for clean water in a coordinated swim for charity: water.
The opinions on this blog are solely from Sarah Kathleen Peck and not necessarily representative of my clients, customers, or affiliates.