Kendra Scanlon is embarking upon her final year of graduate studies in landscape architecture at the UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture where she is currently conducting research for the PICS Living With Water project. This work involves reviewing and developing recommendations for local values-based coastal flood adaptation strategies that aim for a two-eyed seeing and community-based approach to eliciting and prioritizing values. As a new resident on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Sel̓íl̓witulh Nations, this research is bolstered by her thesis project which begins with a personal exploration of ancestral settler-colonial water relationships and hopes to imagine a more equitable future for regional water governance frameworks.
She was born and raised in Calgary on Treaty 7 Territory where she was deeply involved with the campus and community radio station, CJSW 90.9 FM. This tight-knit community led her in seemingly disparate directions - working seasonally as a graphic designer and communications consultant, while breaking ground on an organic flower farm in Southern Alberta. Her landscape architecture studies synthesize these worlds. She primarily focuses on feminist and relational approaches and the decolonization of the practice by identifying connectivities and critiques of Canadian culture, land and water. She was awarded the 2021 LACF Frederick Gage Todd National Scholarship in recognition of her work that supports the Living With Water project and goals within her personal research on water values.