Courtney grew up in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Montana, and came to the Pacific Northwest to attend Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. She received a bachelor of arts in studio art from Willamette in 2000, where in addition to art, her studies had included biology, literature, and writing.
Courtney then earned a masters of landscape architecture from the University of Minnesota in 2004. Her graduate studies focused on the intersection of ecological and artful design. After graduation she returned to Oregon and has been with SHWA since the beginning of 2005. Courtney has had a lifelong interest in plants, a fascination with the natural world, and a love of the outdoors, as well as an attraction to objects that gracefully combine beauty and utility. She is perpetually engaged in a number of creative pursuits, including writing, painting, sculpting, gardening, and crafts, all which inform her design work at SHWA.