Design Philosophy
Every project exists within its own context, which must be understood by the landscape architect to include not only the obvious concerns of physical and economic needs and limitations but also relational aspects of form and aesthetic, time and place, and designed versus natural elements. Of all related disciplines, landscape architecture occupies a unique position bridging rational geometry with nature’s lyric forms. It is precisely from this position that the design process begins.

Much of LANDGARDEN’s work reveals a successful partnership between the natural and built environments. Using Earth’s forms and resources, along with those of civilization and technology, the firm creates spatial interplays of line, texture, light, and color, melding changing living materials with architectural measure
and construction.

Formed in 1991 by combining award-winning landscape architecture offices ENGEL/GGP and Michael Spitzer & Associates, LANDGARDEN traces its roots to the early 1960s. The perspective of such experience allows the firm to undertake each project according to its own specific needs. No project is incosequential; each requires precise focus, and must be carefully shepherded through every phase of the design process. Direct design and management by the principals is combined with the creativity of a staff of landscape architects, whose skill and expertise allows full support for every aesthetic and technical decision. This combined leadership allows LANDGARDEN to design landscapes that are not only unique and beautiful, but also technically and economically sound.

LANDGARDEN has designed projects throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. This wide reach has allowed the firm to develop broad knowledge of many different regions and climates, and their effects on landscape architectural and horticultural design. Although LANDGARDEN is perhaps best noted for its skillful use of natural rocks and plantings throughout the landscape, the firm’s landscapes have no identifiable “style.” The firm has designed several outstanding and well-known Japanese landscapes and gardens, but it is equally comfortable working in other stylistic contexts, having created classical Italian spaces and romantic English gardens. The office’s urban work has spanned several different themes, including Modernism, post-modernism, and even forays into design subcultures such as Memphis style.
Michael E. Spitzer
Jeffrey S. Dragan

Dennis H. Piermont (retired)
David H. Engel (retired)
Projects range in scope
from residential gardens
and landscapes to urban
plazas and streetscapes.

Clients include
individuals, public
and private agencies,
corporations, and