Merit’s design skills integrate an emphasis on ecology, environmental protection, and historic preservation. Her diverse educational background includes degrees obtained from Estonian University of Life Sciences and the University of Washington. She builds her experience in a diverse range of projects to creatively approach design and provide excellent client responsiveness. Merit has provided design and detailing for a variety of projects including trail and open space planning, park design, streetscapes, and multi-modal transportation corridors. She is passionate about integrating ecological function into the urban environment and designing multi-functional, multi-generational places.

Public Service

  • Fremont Peak Park, Planting Party Volunteer
  • University of Washington Landscape Architecture Department Mentorship Program, WASLA


  • “Re-Imagining Seattle Streets: Planting strips and street edge treatments for urban green infrastructure,” Stormwater Design Manual, Seattle Public Utilities, contributor
  • “Sustainable Design in Cold Climates: Re-designing a Pedestrian Street with Sustainable Solutions,” author, LAP Academic Publishing