EXAMINE YOUR OPTIONS BEFORE YOU DESIGN.
The scope of a landscape architect’s work extends far beyond that of plant selection and placement. Services included within this multifaceted field are conservation studies, design impact assessments, environmental assessments, and land use planning. As part of the land planning process, landscape architects evaluate your property to determine its best usage and layout. They also provide feedback on “what if” scenarios: “What would happen if I increased the number of plats in my planned residential subdivision from 100 to 110?” or “What would happen if I removed a stand of mature trees to provide easier access to my proposed office building?”
At Lutjen, our landscape architects analyze a number of environmental and cultural factors to determine your property’s best usage and layout.
- Topography – slope, drainage, favorable views.
- Soil and geological composition – erosion susceptibility, seismic stability, rock strata.
- Climate and microclimates – temperature extremes, precipitation, wind speeds.
- Indigenous vegetation and wildlife – endangered species, seasonal and year-round habitats.
- Existing structures – buildings, roads, fences, utilities (both overhead and underground).
- Regulations – setbacks, easements, conservation restrictions.
The staff at Lutjen provides you with design options, including feasibility studies and cost-benefits, to help you make informed decisions about your property’s usage, layout, and landscape design.
Areas of practice include:
- Community planning.
- Landscape architecture.
- Urban design.