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Designing and living with systems: An integrative approach to residential landscape design and construction. Landscape design+build+maintain practice meets environmental science at human scale! Using a systems approach we can learn effective strategies to add or magnify ecological functioning on landscapes at scale. We will identify an experimental residential landscape client and center our approach to touch on soils, hydrology, and ecology with reference landscapes. We can integrate these components to our deliverable designs and scopes of work; regardless of our marketing approach or areas of practice
1. Understand how to build ecological benefits into our landscape interventions
2. Using reference landscapes from local bioregions to influence our strategies pertaining to soils, hydrology and ecology for residential clientele.
3. Use evidence based best management practices to influence our specifications: arboriculture, water quality, erosion control and prevention as examples.
Steve holds degrees in sustainable horticulture and environmental science and has over 20 years of experience in the green industry. He has earned multiple green industry credentials, including the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional - Landscape Contractors Association CLT in Ornamental Maintenance - and is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist with their Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) among others. Steve has worked on a plethora of projects ranging from residential to institutional campuses in both rural and urban communities across the country. His scientific area of inquiry primarily focuses on supporting professional landscape best management practices that positively impact riparian ecologies endemic to piedmont and coastal plain regions. He is currently working as a design and sales consultant in Maryland's Baltimore Metro while supporting passion projects in the Chesapeake Bay Bioregion. Proud father to a six-year-old-boy-genius and husband to an extraordinary clinical social worker.