William Roberts graduated with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture in 2004. After graduation, he gained four years of professional experience at MESA Design Group in Dallas as a project designer. He continued to gain international experience at MESA’s Madrid office, where he served as managing associate in charge of design, project management, and construction documentation for two years before the office downsized in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis. In Madrid he met his wife and future business partner, Laura Santín, an agricultural engineer and landscape architect. They worked together on several projects at MESA, including “Ferrari Experience” and Nakheel Headquarters in Abu Dhabi and the Blue Cross Blue Shield campus in Richardson, Texas.
William returned to MESA’s Dallas office, working for a couple of months on a project in Dubai before deciding to take a seven-month sabbatical to roam the planet and explore the interesting transect of culture and landscape. He and Laura started out in the U.S., headed to Russia, crossing Siberia, and went on to Vietnam and Australia. Along the way, they came up with the inception for Nomad Studio. He and his wife cofounded Nomad Landscape Architecture and Planning in 2009. In collaboration with different studios and individuals across the globe, Nomad works on commissions, design competitions, and art and design installations—all with the goal of fostering a connection between people and nature.
Read more about William Roberts in the July 2015 Alumni Spotlight.