My focus in landscape architecture is therapeutic design, ecological restoration, and plant-community design — but I draw upon broader professional experience with highly varied sites and programs.
The images above are selections from my landscape architecture portfolio, which give indication of my experience in the “real world” of mainstream landscape architecture and land planning. I’ve worked at a variety of scales on municipal projects, public parks, and mixed-use developments; on commercial and private developments and amenities; and on healthcare, education, and corporate master planning.
Landscape Architecture is a broad and highly varied profession, and its label is so amorphously defined and so liberally applied that its use conveys only a generic sense of either the nature of the profession or the character of the work associated with it. The uninitiated generally rightly assume that landscape architecture pertains to some kind of alteration of land or landscape, but from there, most folks are confused, and for good reason.
Occupations that fall under the purview of “landscape architecture” are wildly divergent and diverse, and the work involved is just as varied and broad. Applications and pursuits in landscape architecture literally range from those that protect land and ecological systems to those that exploit them, and the associated work and ever-widening research are equally capacious — ranging from specializations in disciplines as disparate as ArcGIS data mapping (geographic information systems), pedology (study of soils), horticulture, UDO “legalese” (municipal unified development ordnance), and construction and business administration.
Depending on the framer’s agenda and perspective, the exceptional breadth and ambiguity of “landscape architecture” can be viewed as either a blessing or curse. My personal touchstones in the field have always been design, landform, plants, and soils. In tandem with my love for ecology, these ground my work in landscape architecture.