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We have significant experience leading and collaborating with interdisciplinary teams of architects, civil, structural and geotechnical engineers, hydrologists, biologists, soil scientists, cultural historians, archaeologists, and artists. For each project undertaken, whether campus master plan or individual site, public park or residential landscape, we select and compose a team of consultants according to the specific needs of the project.
Site History
We recognize site histories as inspiration for design form. These layers of history often go beyond the physical remnants and structures left apparent on the landscape and involve research into the cultural and ecological context of the site. Identifying unique site qualities that have historical significance often lead to more meaningful ways to interpret design through landscape form, space and materials.
Context and Community
We respect site context and value client and stakeholder input. Our design process is strengthened by our dedication to getting to know the people, communities and history that have influenced the site over time. It is essential, especially in campus work, that potential user groups, and those who advocate for and manage the landscape, are encouraged early on to participate in a dialogue that will inform design direction and decisions. Engaging stakeholders in the design process also fosters a sense of stewardship and can generate a more distinct sense of place from the onset of the project.
We integrate an environmental sensibility with our design aesthetic. Whether a site is urban or rural, our approach to a project begins with a thorough understanding of cultural context and site ecosystems. Our projects seek to enhance biodiversity and wildlife habitat. Specific site conditions are analyzed to determine which potential sustainable design solutions are most ecologically beneficial, pragmatic, cost effective and appropriate for the site, the project, and the client.