LAND DESIGN
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Practice

For twenty-five years we have been dedicated to forming artful solutions out of complex problems in planning, urban design, and landscape architecture. Using a holistic lens combined with meticulous focus, we bring curiosity and expertise to create inviting outdoor spaces that stand the test of time.

Campus master plans, urban streetscapes, greenways, courtyards, roadways and parking respond to the specific challenges of each project with plans that are highly functional, sustainable, and engaging. Contextual designs grow out of the natural and cultural systems already in place to support community life and environmental regeneration.

Collaboration is an essential part of the way we work, whether as the prime consultant, lead for site design, or supporting team member. The Topio studio is efficient and versatile, drawing on outside resources as needed in order to meet the specific needs of each project and client. 

 

RECOGNITION & CIVIC SERVICE

St. Stephens Tennis Center, Austin, TX, ASLA Merit Award in Design, Texas Chapter

Methuen Comprehesive School, Methuen, MA (Project landscape architect with CRJA)

      ASLA national Merit Award in Design, American Society of Landscape Architects

      New England Environmental Award, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Topfer Theatre at Zach Scott, Austin, TX  

      US EPA, selected as 1 of 300 projects representing best practices in green infrastructure

      Commercial Real Estate Award for Community Impact, Austin Business Journal

      Texas Society of Architects & AIA Austin Design Award, to Andersson Wise Architects

      Texas Engineering Excellence Award, Gold Medal Winner, to Encotech Engineers

South Congress Retaining Wall, Austin, TX,  “Best Public Work,” Austin Chronicle

2nd Street District Streetscape, Austin TX (local consultant to CWDG, Boston)

      ULI Influence Award for having a lasting effect on the built environment

St. Stephens Temple Dining Hall & Booth Student Center, Austin TX

      Texas Society of Architects Design Award, AIA Austin Design Award, to Andersson Wise Architects

      Featured in Texas Architect magazine

St. Stephens Wycliff-Freeman Dormitory, Austin, TX

      Eagle Excellence Award, Texas Association of Contractors

      AIA Austin Design Award, to Andersson Wise Architects

“Lead With The Land,” author, article featuring final phase of St. Stephens Greenway and two-decade campus transformation based on land as organizing principle, Spartan Magazine

Texas Chapter ASLA Conference, Speaker, Using Rain Gardens and Site Design Techniques to Improve Water Quality, Reduce Runoff, and Increase Water Infiltration:  Two Austin Case Studies

Austin Design Commission, commissioner 2000 - 2009, vice chair 2007 - 2009

      Project Review team, City Hall Plaza, Republic Square, Pfluger Bridge extension 

      Community Advisory Group, Design Commission representative, Pfluger Bridge bikeway, 

      Urban Waterfront at Cesar Chavez St.

      Urban Open Space Committee, chair

      Urban Open Space monograph, author, Austin Design Commission

      “Plazas & Open Spaces,” Chapter 7 of Downtown Austin Design Guidelines, co-author

 

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Registered landscape architect (Joan Hyde) in Texas #1740

City of Austin Woman-Owned Business Enterprise  (WBE)

State of Texas Historically Underutilized Business (HUB)

 

This article, from St. Stephen's Spartan Magazine, commemorates the completion of a 10-acre Campus Greenway and describes the campus's transformation over two decades.

 

WHO WE ARE

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Joan Hyde, ASLA

Principal, Design Lead

Joan Hyde founded the firm in 1993 in Austin with the intent of creating inviting open spaces that restore and integrate natural systems with human use. Before returning to her Texas roots, she worked as a senior landscape architect at CRJA in Boston and received her MLA degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources. Joan previously studied botany and art at Duke University and taught science, math and photography at an international school near Athens, Greece. 

 

The study and practice of landscape architecture unites interests in art and science, and taking the scenic route to the profession has offered a variety of experiences, influences, and opportunities to consider the universal urge people have to be outside and in nature.  Drawing inspiration from the spectacular beauty of the Greek islands — home to compact, vibrant villages folded into the topography — she works to create places where community lifestyle is an outgrowth of the landscape (or topío, in Greek) and where manmade and natural structures are seamlessly combined in a way that enhances both.

 

Nicole Modi, ASLA

Project production and design

MLA, University of Texas at Austin 2012

 

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Katharine Stowe

Studio operations and future landscape architect

 

 

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Austen Hyde

Communications director, copywriter, design support

 

We collaborate with clients, users, architects, engineers, contractors, landscape architects, artists, CAD operators, sustainability experts, public officials, budget minders, fabricators, maintenance personnel, and specialists in any discipline. 

 

CLIENTS AND COLLABORATORS

Benz Resource Group 

Binkley & Barfield Engineers

UTE Consultants 

Westshop Design

Copley Wolff Design Group

Thompson Land Engineering

Rogers O’Brien

American Constructors

Doucet & Associates Engineers

Architectural Engineering Collaborative

Reese Lighting Design

Key Group Irrigation

Groundsmasters Land Design

Bellows Forge

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School

City of Austin: Redevelopment Services, AIPP, Watershed Protection, Parks & Recreation

Zach Scott Theatre

St. Edwards University

Camp Allen Camp & Conference Center

Episcopal School of Acadiana

Camp Hardtner Camp & Conference Center

Franklin Academy, East Hadaam CT

Goliad County Courthouse

Andersson•Wise Architects

Mell Lawrence Architects

Danze & Blood Architects

STG Architects

Pentagram

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