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)
WHO WE ARE
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