Matthew Wilder, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C
Every aspect of the environments we experience influences our mood, actions, and opinions, whether we actively acknowledge it or not. Aside from finding ourselves in remote natural landscapes, each experience we have is manufactured, for better or worse; but even in nature one often finds themselves with a manufactured experience, on a trail placed with intent to guide us to experiences along the way.
Our design philosophy is collaborative and rooted in the manifestation of the experience. The experience being the most import element of any design both allows and dictates that we develop the place not to provide an identical experience in any environment, or that it must be built upon a specific palette of materials, rather that the experience is of the place. A human connection to nature, the feeling of safety and comfort, and creating places for interaction are foundational elements for achieving a positive experience, therefore creating a place where people want to be and will frequently return. Whether we are working on a college campus, a community park or a corporate office, our intent is to create the opportunities for experiences that will encourage use of the space, giving it life and character; we want people to linger, to engage.
Underlying principles of design that have long influenced our philosophy include designing with an environmental ethic, designing for longevity, and creating regenerative landscapes. Through the use of native and adapted plant material, green infrastructure for storm water control, and durable materials for the framework of the place, we are able to create healthy, sustainable landscapes that provide the backdrop for the experiences we set out to achieve.