Thevishka is a Master of Landscape Architecture at the University of Toronto, where her focus of study is on the intersection of ecology, strong urban design principles, and human equity and diversity. She is particularly interested in the concepts of public space and public access, and how they fit within the functioning ecosystems of living landscapes. Thevishka holds a Bachelors of Environmental Science (Honours) from Queen’s University, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Urban Design Strategy from George Brown College’s School of Design. In 2017, Thevishka won the Toronto Urban Design Award of Merit in the Student Category with a colleague, and in 2018 she and her team members were shortlisted out of over a hundred international applicants for the Metis International Garden Festival in Quebec.
Thevishka has extensive experience working at non-profits focused on city-building, environmental issues, and urban design. Before taking her Master’s, Thevishka worked as a Communications Manager at Cycle Toronto, the city’s most prominent cycling advocacy organization. Thevishka also has professional experiences as a designer and project coordinator at The Greenbelt Foundation, at the Centre for City Ecology, Toronto Environmental Alliance, and as a Sustainability Consultant for Hatch Mott McDonald.
When not working at Ecology North or on her Master’s degree, Thevishka can be found riding her bike or drinking her 3rd cup of coffee of the day. She loves to travel because it lets her explore new environments and ecologies that inspire her work, studies, and research. That is why she is thrilled to join the team at Ecology North in Yellowknife, where she hopes to learn everything about the city and what it has to offer.