September 2011

2nd in the Series: Landscape Architects Tell Their Understory

By Mandi Roberts, Principal, Kirkland Office

Everyone is talking about landscape architects thanks to ASLA’s roll out last week of the “Your Environment Designed” campaign to build awareness about the profession of landscape architecture. At Otak, landscape architects have been working side-by-side with civil engineers, architects, planners, scientists, and other professionals every day for the last three decades. Some interesting perspectives on landscape architects have formed out of this collaboration. Just recently, Nico Vanderhorst, a principal and civil engineer in the Kirkland office shared these thoughts:
“ I like working with landscape architects because:
• They help make our infrastructure projects look really good.
• They inspire creativity, particularly in our engineers, which ultimately make our designs better.
• They all wear really cool glasses.
• They always let me borrow their ‘trace.’ “

What is your perspective on landscape architects?  Why do you like working with them?  Share your “understory” by commenting below.

As for the national movement to build awareness about landscape architects, you can still get involved! To learn more, go to



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