It’s World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM)! Established by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), #WLAM is a month-long international celebration of landscape architecture and designed public and private spaces.
Landscape architecture provides spaces that enhance any type of development and encourages community engagement while promoting health and well-being. CHW Landscape Architects use their unique skill set in the planning, design, management, and nurturing of built and natural environments. They plan and design parks, campuses, streetscapes, trails, plazas, residences, and other projects that strengthen communities.
Florida is home to almost 1,200 Landscape Architects (out of approximately 18,600 licensed landscape architects in the US). In 2016, CHW joined the industry and added Landscape Architecture to our services offering and our growing team of professionals.
Let the collaboration begin!
CHW had the opportunity to engage with UF College of Design, Construction and Planning faculty, staff, and students at two open listening and interactive workshops for the UF-653 Architecture Building Renovation/Remodeling and DCP Collaboratory.
Each workshop provided an open forum to voice ideas, thoughts, and opportunities as part of the pre-design process and to learn more about the project vision, scope, and programs. We’re elated to join Brooks + Scarpa, KMF Architects, Stellar, and TLC Engineering Solutions to facilitate the development of critical infrastructure to position DCP for its bright future.
We’re passionate about the #OneDCP vision and ecstatic to join a project team focused on aesthetics, functionality, and sustainability that incorporates the voices of such a diverse user group. See you around campus!
Celebrating International Design Day!
Every 27th of April the world celebrates International Design Day to appreciate the value of design and its impact to enhance the world around us. CHW teams are home to passionate and creative designers who represent each CHW discipline from Landscape Architecture and Marketing to Engineering. Thank you for sharing your considerable gifts with CHW and your communities. ❤
Our design professionals love seeing the tangible representation of their hard work and stopped by the UF James W. “Bill” Heavener Football Training Center project site. Pool construction is well underway and the new two-story, state-of-the-art, 141,000 gsf athletic facility is slated for completion this Summer. Until then, check out these stunning project drawings and our “Too Pool for School” site visit.
Learn more about the UF James W. “Bill” Heavener Football Training Center at the Florida Gators website.
Beautiful illustrations by HOK.
Landscape Architecture is a people-focused occupation.
In celebration of #WLAM, we’re turning our focus to the people on our design team, and asking,
“What does Landscape Architecture mean to you?”.
“Landscape architecture, to me, is the careful consideration of how to optimize a user’s experience in their own environment. This question will garner so many different responses because to execute the practice effectively is to embrace knowledge from so many different disciplines—horticulture, architecture, engineering, etc. Landscape architecture is listening and learning from experts and in turn creating spaces that are both functional and pleasing to look at. I think in the right scale and setting, landscape architecture, can be a really powerful tool to improve the lives of many different types of users.” -Leena Rosario, CHW Landscape Designer
“Landscape Architecture means creating spaces for people to enjoy, solving complex problems, communicating with multiple disciplines, and maintaining balance between art, science, technology, sustainability, and construction. Landscape Architects have a unique skill set that helps us design and find creative solutions.” -Caeli Tolar, PLA, CHW Senior Project Manager
“Landscape Architecture is an incredibly diverse field, but at the heart of what we do is designing for people. We create shared public spaces that bring people together and help to define our campuses, neighborhoods, and cities. It’s this fabric of public spaces that creates a sense of community and allows people of all backgrounds an opportunity to interact, play, and experience nature.” Laurie F. Hall, PLA, CHW Director of Landscape Architecture
Growing up in the shadow of Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Laurie F. Hall, PLA, was exposed to not only exceptional design from a very young age but to the idea that each person has the opportunity to positively impact their environment and the people around them. Edward Bok’s grandmother challenged him to “make you the world a bit better or more beautiful because you lived in it”. This passion led Laurie to the uniquely diverse field of landscape architecture.
We know functional and pleasing spaces do not appear by accident – they take dedicated stewardship and the commitment of future professionals and communities. Thank you to our incredibly talented creative Landscape Architecture team who transform the complex into simple, sustainable, and functional solutions while balancing the natural beauty of our communities.