As landscape architects, we make decisions that will influence the daily lives of people for years, maybe even for centuries to come. We don’t take that responsibility lightly.
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 we often find ourselves with a manufactured experience, on a trail placed with intent to guide us to experiences along the way.
Pond’s landscape architecture 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 build upon a specific palette of materials, rather that the experience is of the specific 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.
- Site Planning
- Site Analysis, Inventory and Assessment
- Site Selection
- Landscape Planting Design
- Hardscape Detail Design
- Construction Observation
- Master Planning
- Comprehensive Planning
- Cost Estimating
Matthew Wilder, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP
Andrew Kohr, PLA, ASLA
Director of Landscape Architecture
The 55,000sf addition to The Lee Hall College of Architecture at Clemson University received the 2013 AIA Honor Award for Architecture. Pond & Company’s Landscape Architecture group played an integral role in creating this energy-efficient addition.