Arica Duhrkoop-Galas focused on childhood development and learning theory for her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Portland State University, where she graduated with honors.
She then went on to teach English as a Second Language to adults with a teaching certificate from a Cambridge University program.
She rediscovered the joy of gardening while living on two acres in Portland she was given the freedom of designing the garden and growing vegetables again, when her husband introduced her to the idea of studying Landscape Architecture. Building on her art background and architectural drafting courses, a love for the forests of the Pacific Northwest, and a desire to make a difference for the environment; she moved to Eugene to obtain a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon.
Arica now works for a small landscape architecture and design firm, Stangeland & Associates practicing the knowledge she brings to teaching plants courses at the University of Oregon.