Kika Vernon

Landscape Architect

Kika’s desire to become a landscape architect took a very unusual path: graduating first in economics in Poland and working for years in the fashion industry, she went on to study Landscape Architecture whilst working as a gardener and designing gardens. Always persistent in her mission, she finally accomplishing a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at Birmingham City University.

Kika was brought up surrounded by nature, but lived all her life in the cities, allowing an appreciation of all they offer. Her passion for the profession translates into the quest for how the two landscapes (urban and wild) can be connected together. As a Landscape Architect, Kika aspires to be involved in creating outdoor spaces that bring nature to the foreground and foster an interactive engagement.

What do you do in your spare time?

I always make myself busy and share my spare time having fun with my family (husband and two children) traveling, hiking, wild camping, going to festivals, and experiencing outdoor activities. I love outdoor sports that bring a dose of freedom and close contact with nature, such as mountain biking, paragliding, snowboarding and to balance it, in between, I attend my perennial borders, grow veg and fruit on an allotment, bake, read, and I hope to set up my first beehive this spring (as I just finished a bee keeping course).

Favourite building in the UK

It will have to be one of the Brutalist architecture and as I live in Birmingham I’ll pick Muirhead Tower in the Birmingham University Campus. To be honest I really like most of the 1960s buildings on the campus. I love the fact that the architects/engineers took the effort to create simplistically ornamental lines and playing with the symmetry, repetition and textures achieved a beautiful effect by using crude reinforced concrete. It’s the attention to detail on the monolithic scale that impresses me.

Quote to live by:

“If you are honest, truthful, and transparent, people trust you. If people trust you, you have no grounds for fear, suspicion or jealousy.” – Dalai Lama