Our work is about people first.
Each project offers us the opportunity to develop relationships with a new set of people in a new place. Nothing is more gratifying than seeing people enjoy the places we create for them. Every site is a specific location in which to refine our perspective on the big question: how should we build the world?
Landscape form-making must be approached as a collaboration.
We must bring humility to our role as designers. It's critical to look beyond site boundaries to respond to the context in which we are working. Novel shapes can be captivating and fun. But, they too often become the focus of design. Bold patterns imposed without sensitivity can obscure the fundamental qualities that make up each unique place in the world.
The built environment needs attention.
Most land becomes duller and less alive when developed for human use. The sights, sounds, and scents which shape the experience of being in a place are disrupted. The wildness of nature is traded out for something tame and predictable. Indigenous materials and plants are replaced with the products of industrial production--pre-grown plants, mass-produced materials, and standardized solutions. These landscape are fragile and toxic; chemicals and mechanical systems are required to keep them alive. They leave us cold.
Landscapes have work to do.
As people concentrate ever more densely in cities, designed landscapes have an increasingly critical role to play. Humans yearn for a sense of belonging and connection to nature. The spaces we create must offer people the sensation of being alive in a thriving environment. They must perform this important work while persisting in the face of our changing climate.
We will inspire lasting bonds between people and place.
Our work has the capacity to create places where people ground themselves in their immediate environment and understand its relationship to the incomprehensible scale and scope of nature. With sensitivity and focus, we can create immersive environments which amplify the specific qualities that make each place special. Our work should inspire awe. It should instill confidence and calm, and create ebullient feelings of surprise and delight. It should and it must.