When Leslie Saul & Associates invited us to write a guest blog, we jumped at the opportunity. One does not say “no” to a firm whose mission is to “make the world a better place in which to work, play, age, live, and learn!”
According to Wikipedia, landscape architecture is “a multi-disciplinary field, incorporating aspects of botany, horticulture, the fine arts, architecture, industrial design, geology and the earth sciences, environmental psychology, geography, and ecology.” At UBLA, we don’t claim to have mastered all of this, but partner with local professionals to provide development teams with an integrated design process. We believe that this partnership makes for a better project experience for all involved, and streamlines the permitting and development processes.
Landscape architects work at various scales to provide spaces in which we live, learn, age, work, and play. Whether creating spaces for family activities at a single family home or replacing a statement public playground at the center of the community; providing an oasis from the hustle and bustle of an office park or hospital to nostalgic spaces for horticultural and recreational therapy at an assisted living; the process is the same, and the devil is in the details.
Our design process begins with an assessment of existing site conditions to determine how the land will best be utilized, followed by a thorough analysis of the site’s opportunities and constraints. Throughout the process, we combine ideas about stormwater management, water reclamation, use of native, lower-maintenance plants, and use of appropriate recycled and/or repurposed materials to maximize programming of our client’s needs while engaging and highlighting the site’s natural features.
Landscape Architects may work with a variety of client types: public and private schools, municipalities, developers of single family, multifamily, senior, and affordable housing, health care facilities, athletics organizations, etc. We may integrate sustainable techniques and/or LEED points, as well as facets of Therapeutic Landscape Design , and Universal Accessibility into spaces for use by all generations and abilities.
At UBLA, we are fortunate to be involved in a profession that affords so much variety of client and project type, in a region that allows a diverse plant and materials palette. Our work really is “wonderfully fun.”