The design of a healthy landscape starts with an understanding of a site’s hydrologic cycle, topography, climate, soil, vegetation, solar aspect, ecosystem and use in the community.  OJLA carefully crafts site design around nature and the needs of the human experience while making responsible efforts to conserve natural resources.  See More With over a 20-year landscape architectural background, specialties include the design of public spaces. Project experience includes designs of parks and playgrounds, streetscapes and public realm areas, public plazas and courtyards, community facilities, schools, health institutions, low-income and military housing, resorts and hotels, and commercial campus developments in the Tampa Bay Area, Central California, the Pacific Northwest, and Central Europe.

Deep rooted in OJLA’s profile is the synthesis of the built environment with the immediate natural surroundings, while taking advantage of the sense of place and community.  Designs can exhibit this interconnection by using local materials and plants, preserving natural resources and site hydrology, remediating soils, using locally available products and services, using products composed of recycled materials, integrating complimentary architectural elements into the landscape, and most importantly, incorporating client goals, listening to the community, and obtaining feedback on a regular basis.

Through an ongoing dialogue with stakeholders, which can include formulated design charrettes; goals and objectives are incorporated into the end design.  This partnership encourages positive and constructive interaction between stakeholders, sub-consultants and other multidisciplinary team members, which contribute to a project’s overall success. The interaction with the client, which continues throughout the design process, is integral in creating a project that meets everyone’s expectations, is within a designated project budget, and creates a place that the community is proud of. Show Less