My work in landscape architecture is an outgrowth and synthesis of several abiding passions; my love of nature, music, horticulture, architecture, ecology, aesthetics, and social justice converge within this profession. I aim for clarity, simplicity, utility, and beauty in all of my work and aspire to create things that are, in the end, more than the sum of their parts — to achieve a certain synergy and, when I’m very lucky, poetry. Specifically, as landscape architect, I strive for work that is characterized by careful adherence to mission, strong contextual sensitivity, exceptional transitions and viewsheds and, above all, deference to the example and provenance of nature.
Though my work may evoke a signature aesthetic or style, I do not regard my role as landscape architect as a venue for personal expression. Rather, I see myself as a keen observer of existing conditions and elements that are particular to site and program — and subsequently, as a skilled conductor of a nuanced, hierarchal interplay of robust and subtle site, program, and design elements in formation of exceptional place making. I aim not merely to enhance the unique characteristics of site but rather to employ them. Further, I strive to hone artisan technique that moves beyond sustainable toward regenerative — not as a superlative expression or an ideal manifestation but rather as a carefully wrought, elegant balance of existing and prescribed forces.
I regard contextual sensitivity, durability, beauty, and allegiance to regenerative design principles as hallmarks of my approach and aesthetic. My perspective has been shaped through extensive experience not only with land and landscape but also with music, horticulture, teaching, scholarship, social equity, carpentry, and tenacious will. My aesthetics have evolved through lifelong interest in the underlying principles common to all creativity and artistic endeavor: movement, repose, quiescence, proportion, proximity, contrast, and context, for example.