What’s in a landscape architect’s back-catalogue?

Examining installed work Photo courtesty of Jeff Harvey-1

What’s in a landscape architect’s back-catalogue?

As we launch our new landscape architecture website illustrating our projects over the past ten years, I am left to wonder what is the best way to present a body of work. How do I pick the projects that best represent what we can offer and are these the same projects that a third-party might pick?

 

Hobbit House and Party Place for Airfield Gardens Dundrum (yet to be built!)

Hobbit House and Party Place for Airfield Gardens Dundrum (yet to be built!)

 

I am also mindful that there are many projects, for which we have completed a high-level of landscape design, and produced intricate drawings, that may not have got passed the paper stage. This can be for one or several reasons, for example: they may not get planning, the client may change where they want to make their investment, general economic circumstances may mean that the budget changes or disappears altogether. Other projects are report based or may be achieved without producing drawings at all. Although, we feel and know that we have put as much research, planning and design into those projects as we can possibly muster, they are probably not suitable for presenting in an online portfolio (you’ll need to visit the office and run through these projects in-person, with us).

 

So, what you see (on our website) is the projects that have reached construction stage or close to it and some others that may not have been built but represent other aspects of our work well.

 

Green Technology Island for Kiev Islands Project (completion image)

Green Technology Island for Kiev Islands Project (completion image)

Although clients will have individual aspirations and budgets, and all sites are individual too, there are some commonalities in the design process and indeed at the project management stage that can be applied to each. The landscape architect or designer must understand these similarities and differences and tailor-make their service, drawing on past experience, to achieve the best result for their client as efficiently as possible. We can also recognise that some projects are for similar types of end-user and this likeness allows us to categorise our work for easier browsing.

 

We hope you will enjoy looking through our new website and portfolio whomever you are and whatever your needs may be. However, if you are a new visitor with a landscape project, we hope that you will reflect on the above and, perhaps, offer us the opportunity to help you with your project, even if you don’t see something comparable featured. You never know, we may have a similar project tucked away in our studio files!

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