Carlin Tacey
Carlin is a native of Woodbridge, Virginia, 30 miles south of Washington DC. Growing up along the Potomac River, Carlin witnessed how urban sprawl transforms the ecological and social health of communities. Her interest in vernacular landscapes began on trips with her father to their family cemetery and to explore the history of the region. Her passion for drawing prompted her to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia where she graduated in 2012 with honors. There, she realized the impact designed environments can have on individuals, communities, and cultures. Her collaborative capstone project, a prototype for a greenhouse in Mongolia, shifted her interest to larger scales of design intervention.

Carlin worked for a leading consulting firm after college, providing community planning services to the Air Force Civil Engineer at the Pentagon. She went on to earn a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Virginia Tech’s Washington Alexandria Architecture Center. During this time, she was a graduate assistant at Virginia Tech and a horticultural intern for the Smithsonian Institution. She received the Potomac Chapter ASLA Honor Award and was selected as Virginia Tech’s 2017 LAF Graduate Olmsted Scholar. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, and printmaking.

Carlin joined MVVA in 2017.

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