Iftikhar has a passion for bringing humans closer to nature through living in landscapes. You could say it is in his blood. He is the son and grandson of nurserymen and a direct descendent of the noble Mian family who for generations (350 Years) were the custodians of the Shalimar Gardens in Lahore, Pakistan, now a UNESCO world heritage site.
We believe his role as a landscape and garden designer is to make cities livable, equitable, resilient, and just. His love of creative design, beauty, and the natural world inspired him to earn a master’s degree in landscape and garden design and a bachelor’s degree in parks, gardens, and horticulture. Seeking inspiration, He continues to research different styles of gardens in the UK, Europe and Asia.
For more than 20 years, He has designed and delivered inspiring residential, recreational resort, and commercial designs. He is able to turn a client’s vision into reality with artistic integrity, imagination, and pragmatism. This approach to creating one-of-a-kind designs results in an exciting, eclectic portfolio of successful projects and lasting client relationships.
Dr. John Nishio
Environmentalist & Botanist
Professor Nishio is a lifelong environmentalist. He founded, the Professional Sciences Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences, at California State University, Chico, CA and served as its director. He was Director of the Biocompatible Plant Research Institute, California State University, Chico, CA; consulted for farm operations, including certified organic farms; and ran a research program in environmental plant physiology at the University of Wyoming. Prior to his academic career, Professor Nishio was a US Park Service ranger naturalist, environmental educator, and teacher.
Nishio received his Ph.D. in Molecular and Physiological Plant Biology from, the University of California, Berkeley. He completed all the coursework for a Master’s in Environmental Education, at California State University, San Francisco, he received his BA, in Biology from the, University of California, Santa Cruz.
Giulia has a master's degree in landscape architecture. Her work varies from creating designs and developing spatial concepts and strategies in different landscape or urban contexts, at multiple scales. An important focus lies on rethinking and improving the quality of the public and private domain in a smart, sustainable and collective way.
Develops projects of varying complexity in landscape design. She has about 14 years of work in the field of landscape services and awards in the international garden and flower shows. In addition to being a skilled landscape designer, Giulia is also a university lecturer. She has a passion for designing children’s playgrounds and parks.