Why I’m a Landscape Designer

Growing up, I always had a fondness for piecing things together, whether it was jigsaw puzzles, my mountains of legos, or just the arrangement of furniture in my room. I believed everything should be approached with a general design in mind. Things seem to work better for me that way.

I would spend time outdoors with my parents as they tended to our yard and saw the joy/pride they took from maintaining a nice environment for our family. Through them, I inherited a love for the outdoors and how a home is not just limited to what’s inside 4 walls and a roof.

After several art and computer courses in high school and looking into the profession of Architecture, I knew I wanted to pursue a path where I would be allowed to piece things together for a living.

I spent 5 years at Texas A&M University studying Landscape Architecture where I spent many hours in design studios and grew my passion for creating outdoor environments. I especially took a liking to residential design when we were presented with various scenarios of clients with specific needs and desires for their yard.

After graduating in 2011, I pursued this interest of mine and started working for a local landscape design company where I got the opportunity to work the same variety of people in the Austin area. At the same time, I grew my skills/knowledge of working with native and adapted plants in our region while providing designs that address the needs of the home-owner and provide an outdoor living space that is an extension of his/her home.

The interaction with clients is a big reason why I have stayed with the profession. I find it rewarding when presenting each person with a picture of what they had in their mind on a piece of paper.

I believe the yard should be designed with an overall idea. It should capture the needs and personality of the client. I like to treat every yard as it were my own because I know the pride that a person can take from a well-designed and maintained yard. I learned this value growing up and work hard to pass this same quality along to each person I meet along the way.



Why Design?

Landscaping can be a fun and exciting line of work, and I have enjoyed working in this industry. I think the first day I ever worked in landscaping I was yanking out large juniper shrubs with a stout chain and an old pickup. I was hired on for a week at a landscaping company during spring break; as temporary labor; and nearly ten years later I’m still at it. Every day it was something new, something different. Every yard we put together was a unique and different challenge.

I learned quickly why each yard was so unique and fun, and it was because I had stumbled into a landscape design company, not a landscape company. Most people may not recognize the difference between the two types of company, but I did. After working for a few months in the industry it became easy to identify professionally designed yards.

Professionally designed yards are different. They tend to be better thought out, with good use of space. There is a cohesive style and layout, with unique touches that pop, and subtle foundational elements that add depth and structure. Good designers add a special touch to a yard that is part science, part art, and part intuition.

When the opportunity arose to create a new landscaping company I knew that it had to be a design company. Fortunately a founding member of the company is an amazing designer with a degree from Texas A&M (ranked 7th nationally for their Landscape Architecture program). I continue to work on fun unique yards in an industry that I have grown to love.

- Andrew