We are landscape architects, community planners, and urban designers.

Our integrated approach enables us to develop innovative solutions to a wide variety of design and policy challenges. This allows us to embrace an impressive range of projects within urban, suburban, and rural landscapes.

Landscapes are the mosaic of life.

A landscape–whether viewed as a region or as a neighborhood—is an interwoven network of natural ecosystems and human interventions. We think holistically – considering each landscape at a variety of scales and ultimately striking a balance between man’s desires and nature’s ability to flourish.

Experience is shaped by form and function.

Our role as planners, landscape architects, and architects is to create fulfilling, memorable and equitable experiences for residents, users and visitors by shaping the desired functional needs to the natural form and capacity of a particular place or site. The philosophical foundation of any design is the experience that should be created or translated.

Engagement is more than just a meeting.

We stimulate inspiring and interactive civic engagement.  Our team customizes each project’s outreach process so that its convenient, informative and fulfilling for the public and other stakeholders. Equally important, our approaches capture substantive and worthwhile input that directly informs design and policy decisions.

Age-old skills powered by today’s technology.

For centuries, the noble professions of architecture, engineering, and science have utilized inquiry, observation, and exploration to solve complex problems. We continue that tradition with a twist using contemporary tools such as GIS, 3D modeling, and quantitative analysis to uncover the unseen, identify what could be, and understand the implications of each and every decision!

We excel at providing a range of services.

landscape

Design

Urban Parks

Public Spaces

Regional Parks

Trails and Greenways

Open Spaces

Streetscapes

Green Infrastructure

Community Planning

Planning

Comprehensive Plans

Zoning Ordinances

Bike/Ped Plans

Greenway Planning

Land Use Planning

Parking Assessments

Community Engagement

Strategy Online

Strategy

Natural Infrastructure

Economic Development

Fiscal Analysis

Parking Analysis

Land Management

Pro Formas

Build-Out Analysis

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Technology

GIS Analysis

3-D Rendering & Modelling

Aerial Reconnaissance

Asset Mapping

Database Design

Custom GIS Applications

We work on a variety of challenging and innovative projects:

We are consistently recognized for our high quality work.

Aspinwall Riverfront Park

2018 DCNR/PRPS Green and Sustainable Park Award

2017 American Planning Association – Pennsylvania Great Public Spaces Award

2017 Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence: Healthy Place

Clymer Borough Form-Based Zoning Ordinance

2016 Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence

Positively Altoona

2013 Daniel Burnham Award, Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association

Mellon Square Park

2008 Great Public Spaces in America, American Planning Association

1999 Centennial Medallion, American Society of Landscape Architects

1985 Downtown Pittsburgh Historic District

Washington’s Landing Master Plan

1997 Phoenix Award – Public Sector Finalist, US Environmental Protection Agency

Ohiopyle State Park

1999 Centennial Medallion, American Society of Landscape Architects

Pelican Bay Master Plan

1995 Award for Excellence: New Community, Urban Land Institute

Derry Township Planning Services

2017 Dauphin County Premier Project Award Zoning Ordinance
(Prime: Derck & Edson Associates, LLP)

Grant Street

2012, Great Street in America, American Planning Association

Char-West Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan

2012 Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence, PA
Department of Community and Economic Development

2012 Daniel Burnham Award, Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association

Mechanicsburg Comprehensive Plan

2010 Implementation Award, Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association

Spring Creek Canyon Conservation Strategy

2010 Merit Award, PA DE American Society of Landscape Architects

2010 People’s Choice Award, PA DE American Society of Landscape Architects

South Side Works Parking Guidelines

2002 Smart Growth Award, Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association

South Shore Riverfront Park

2015 Merit Award for Design, PA-DE American Society of Landscape Architects

P32+ Trail Network (GoToTrails)

2014 Award of Excellence in Communication, PA DE American Society of Landscape Architects

Emerald View Park Trail Plan

2013 Honor Award for Planning & Analysis, PA DE American Society of Landscape Architects

SouthSide Works

2002 Award for Excellence Finalist, Urban Land Institute

ALCOA Corporate Center

1999 Business Week/Architectural Record Award, McGraw-Hill Companies

1999 Honor Award, AIA

Ligonier Borough Zoning Ordinance Update

2010 Smart Growth Award, Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County

Findlay Business Park

2010, Best New Office Park, NAOIP Commercial Real Estate Development Association