Marta Vahtar is the founder of the Institute for Integral Development and Environment, which she has led since 1995. Her research focuses on the connections between man-made systems and nature with a focus on water systems, technology, social contexts and values, and their representation in physical form. She was educated as a landscape architect, architect and planner, and received her degrees from the University of Ljubljana (BSc Land.Arch, MSc Arch) and MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MSc Vis.S., SPURS Fellow). Marta has over 20 years of experience in planning and water management on both the local and national level. She works for the WRc, an Independent Centre of Excellence for Innovation and Growth (UK) and several European companies as a consultant for water and environment in European funded projects. She is a practicing urban designer, focusing mainly on green systems and green-blue infrastructure, as well as a landscape architect with a number of landscape realisations. Alongside various water-related environments, Marta has a special interest in synaesthesia – environments for all the senses, learning environments, and awareness-raising. She has also written and illustrated several educational books for children.