Consulting arborist

Landscape architect

Consulting arborist and landscape architect practice
based out of Ajax, Ontario

Life to Buildings Design Challenge

Judith joins the team of judges as an Interior Design judge alongside Ecology Design and Business Design judges.

The design challenge is organised by Indoor Nature Design Inc. (INDI), a registered not-for-profit social enterprise. INDI is a design-house that applies a holistic sustainable design approach to an indoor environment. Their goal is to design nature into interior spaces.

Life to Buildings™ Design Challenge

Entrants to the competition are given a brief to create a unique design for either a Condo Suite, or a Health Clinic Reception or a Community Centre Gallery. The aim is to bring nature into a home, a workplace and a community space.

Designers will use the Life-to-Buildings™ approach which is a flexible and creative process to combine principles of interior design and ecology to build customer ecosystems into living and working spaces. All designs will apply INDI’s own Life to Buildings™ framework for integrating nature into an indoor space. At a minimum, this will include the use of plants, fish, worms and biochar.

Judging inspiring yet practical designs

Judith is very pleased to be invited to be a judge and looks forward to seeing the student’s innovative designs and meeting the designers to discuss their experiences taking on the challenge. Judith commented: "It's going to be very interesting to see the competition entries. The entrants have a lot to think about.”

The brief is to demonstrate failsafe design principles, create a stable ecosystem and a reliable mechanical design that is largely self sustaining and is able to last for 10 years or more. In addition to exceptional and inspiring designs, entrants must consider real-world factors such as costs and think through the construction and ongoing maintenance expertise that the project would require.

Entrants are currently working on their designs before the judges get to work. The awards ceremony is on April 29th at Ontario Science Centre with a prize value of up to $5000 for the winning design. For more information about the competition and INDI’s work visit

Life to Buildings Design Challenge

Life to Buildings Design Challenge

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