The Art of Landscape Architecture with T. Lake Environmental Design

National Landscape Architecture Month brings a renewed focus on the spaces where we live, work, and connect with nature, and the perfect time to consider the impact of a well-designed landscape.

Look around – the vibrant city streets, the calming shade of trees on college campuses, the revitalized downtowns buzzing with life in parks – all testaments to the power of landscape architecture.

At T. Lake Environmental Design, we're landscape architects driven by a powerful vision: creating spaces that leave a lasting impact on communities. We approach every design with this in mind, ensuring it fosters connection with nature, maximizes functionality, and becomes a beautiful, enduring asset for the people who use it.

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Our landscape architecture approach is built for longevity. We design with the future in mind, ensuring our creations mature gracefully and become even more stunning and functional over time.

Our expertise spans the spectrum, from crafting comprehensive community master plans to revitalizing downtown areas, designing intimate pocket parks, and reshaping business districts.

Here are some of the transformative landscape architecture projects we’ve brought to life:

We combine designs with a deep understanding of sustainable practices. Our skilled team utilizes cutting-edge technology to create landscapes that look stunning, function flawlessly, and leave a positive environmental impact for generations to come.

Here's what sets us apart:

  • Expert Team: Our team is our pride, comprising expert project managers and lead design-build specialists. We go beyond traditional landscape contracting, delving deep into the art of design. Our approach involves understanding where and why to place each element, ensuring longevity and significance in every design.

  • Realistic Approach to Designs: Budget discussions are integral to our process, ensuring clients are well-informed about costs upfront. Our goal is to add value and beauty within a realistic framework, aligning with our clients' financial considerations.

  • Seamless Design-to-Installation Process: Our design-build focus ensures a smooth transition from plans to installation. With a skilled team in place, we efficiently move from design to execution, allowing for faster project completion. The use of current technologies like drones, Land FX, and AutoCAD optimizes our time, focusing more on the design and less on field data gathering.

  • Maintenance-Oriented Design: Every design considers future maintenance needs, creating spaces that are as functional as they are aesthetically pleasing. We plan for smooth lines and bed designs around obstacles, ensuring the longevity of the investment. Our maintenance-oriented approach means that the beauty of your landscape endures through time.

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how we plan landscape architecture projects

Every successful landscape project starts with a comprehensive landscape design master plan. We achieve this by collaborating closely with you, from city planners and park authorities to architects and engineers.

Our planning process ensures clear communication and meticulous attention to detail at every step. This approach results in a cohesive and visually appealing design that integrates with existing infrastructure and elements surrounding it.

Here’s how we achieve this:

  1. Initial consultations with clients to understand their specific needs and preferences.
  2. Developing a tailored design services contract based on the project’s complexity.
  3. Collecting field data through maps, plots, and drone imaging.
  4. Analyzing this data will help identify potential constraints and opportunities.
  5. Drafting initial concept plans.
  6. Reviewing these concepts with clients and making necessary adjustments.
  7. Creating the initial design proposal.
  8. Revisiting the design with clients for final modifications.
  9. Finalizing the plan and preparing detailed working drawings, accompanied by an installation budget.
  10. Overseeing the installation as project manager, contingent upon agreement.

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Landscape architecture is constantly adapting to meet the needs of the changing world. Here are some key trends shaping the landscape industry in 2024: 

  • Sustainable solutions: Climate change mitigation is a top priority. Landscape designs are increasingly focused on reducing environmental impact, with features like water-efficient plants, native plants, rainwater harvesting systems, urban forests, and green roofs and walls.

  • Tech integration: Technology is making its way into landscape architecture. While AI-driven design is still in its early stages, advancements in areas like irrigation control and remote monitoring offer exciting possibilities for increased efficiency and sustainability.

  • Biophilic designs: This approach blends nature with built environments to boost human health, well-being, and connection to the natural world. Recent trends include bringing natural materials indoors and adding water features to create spaces where communities can interact with nature more easily.

These trends demonstrate the evolving role of landscape architecture in shaping our world.  By focusing on sustainability, integrating technology, and connecting people with nature, landscape architects are creating spaces that are not only beautiful but also resilient, healthy, and beneficial for communities.


At T. Lake Environmental Design, we believe in the power of landscape architecture to elevate your property, foster a sense of community, and create a lasting legacy.  Our team of skilled professionals approaches every project, focusing on health, safety, and welfare, ensuring a functional, beautiful, and secure environment.

Partner with us to craft a landscape design that enhances your property's aesthetics and stands the test of time, providing enjoyment for generations to come!

Topics: Landscape Architecture, Landscape Design