As a graduate architectural student in the 1970’s, when the sustainable design movement was in its infancy, Geoff became aware of the work of Ian McHarg and his book Design With Nature. McHarg’s view of landscape architecture, combining good design with a respect for natural systems, struck a familiar chord. For Geoff, the idea that he could apply his design skills to the creation of functional and beautiful outdoor spaces seemed like a perfect fit. Although he has spent more than 40 years working as a landscape architect, it has seemed more like a hobby than work. However, a successful project also depends on having a clear vision and Geoff has been equally focused on a client-centered process that is all about listening. Listening carefully to and understanding the client’s goals are essential to achieving a clear vision and, thereby, a successful project outcome for the client.
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With PE, Geoff has worked with architectural teams to develop site plans that allow each project to fit comfortably with its site as well as a landscape approach that both complements the architecture and provides a beautiful outdoor environment. In recent years, he has worked closely with various PE studios to develop healing environments for healthcare facilities, dementia gardens for senior housing projects, learning and play spaces for schools, and recreational environments for commercial and residential buildings as well as pedestrian-friendly streetscapes for municipalities and vibrant public spaces such as the recently completed Strategic Vision for the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY.