All posts tagged landscape architect

Meet Our Team: Troy Anderson
Troy Anderson, Landscape Architect at Trio Design

Meet The Team: Troy Anderson, Landscape Architect

You want to work with an architectural firm for your next project – but with so many options out there, how do you know which firm to choose? 

Architecture and design projects are not only a financial investment, but also an investment of your time. That’s why it’s so important to work with a team of professionals who are not only a good fit for the project itself, but also fit well with you as an individual or business owner. After all, we’re going to be working with each other for the next several months!

To find out if Trio Design would be a good fit for your next project, schedule a no-obligation consultation with our team! In the meantime, read on and get to know Troy Anderson, our Landscape Architect.

Troy Anderson, Lanscape Architect at Trio Design (architectural design firm based in South Jordan, Utah)

Troy began his career with Robert L. Marshall and Associates in the late 1990’s, which later became Trio Design. Since Troy has been with our team from the beginning, he has worn many hats. He holds a degree from Utah State University and a license in Landscape Architecture, but his talent and experience extends far beyond the exterior landscapes of our projects.  When it comes to functional design, Troy is our secret weapon! 

With a mind for civil engineering, he has quite the knack for making things work. In fact, his favorite aspect of his job is problem-solving.

Troy Anderson is a Landscape Architect licensed in Utah. He holds a degree from Utah State University and works at Trio Design, an architectural firm based in South Jordan, Utah.

What Troy Wants You to Know About Landscape Architecture:

Most people hear “Landscape Architecture” and automatically think about “landscaping” – mowing lawns, trimming hedges, etc. In reality, the two are very different. Troy says his job has little to do with these, and a LOT to do with the functionality of an outdoor space. If you would like to learn more about what a landscape architect can help you with, check out our recent blog post on exactly that!

When we are faced with a project that has an old irrigation system, Troy knows how to have it replaced correctly and efficiently. If the water supply to a field or grassy area is insufficient, leading to dead spots, Troy’s on it. He may be a bit more behind-the-scenes, but his skills are of the utmost importance for each of our projects.

When he’s not at work, Troy enjoys hanging out with his wife and four great kids, spending time outdoors or working on home-improvement projects.Ready to get started on your Landscape Architecture project? Contact us now – or reach out to Troy directly:

What Can A Landscape Architect Help Me With?
Here's why you should consider hiring a landscape architect for your next project.

What Can a Landscape Architect Help Me With?

You know the feeling you experience when visiting your favorite park or walking trail? Maybe it’s a sense of peacefulness, or connectedness with nature. Now, try to recall the feeling you get when stepping foot on a college campus. How about an outdoor shopping mall? 

Each of these should evoke a different emotion. Whether it’s a sensation of calmness, excitement, motivation, meditation or a complex combination of other feelings… each space was intentionally designed by a Landscape Architect or Landscape Designer with that specific feeling in mind. 

As with architects and designers, there are many differences between landscape architects and landscape designers. If you are taking on a big outdoor project, understanding the differences will ensure you hire the best professional for the job.

Landscape architecture can be found all around you. Look to the parks, trails, shopping centers, and street-scapes.

(Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Landscape Architects

Landscape architects typically work on large-scale projects that are part of the greater community. Think campuses, parks, trails, streetscapes, master-planned residential neighborhoods; but will occasionally work on smaller-scale residential projects, too. 

To use the title “landscape architect”, the individual must have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the field, most often from a school accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). They also must be licensed by each state they perform work in. 

Through this education, landscape architects are taught an appreciation of cultural resources and historic landscapes. They are experts in the restoration of places that have already been disturbed by human activity (such as deforestation and mining), as well as preserving and protecting cultural and historic sites.

A landscape architect is not only trained in aesthetic design but is also knowledgeable of challenging environmental issues that can arise, such as:

  • Steep slopes and elevation issues
  • Water retention, irrigation, and drainage
  • Energy and natural resource conservation

Because landscape architects look at landscapes as a system, they incorporate potential environmental threats into their design. Drought, flooding, and natural disasters are carefully planned for to create the most sustainable outdoor space possible.

Landscape architecture rendering by Trio Design Inc showcasing Palace Gaming, owned by the Tachi Yokut Nation.

(This image is a rendering of our Palace Gaming design for the Tachii Yokut Nation)

Landscape Designers 

As with residential designers, the term “landscape designer” is not nationally regulated. A landscape designer may be self-taught or may have the same level of training as a landscape architect (without being officially licensed). 

Aside from the variance in training, the main difference between landscape designers and landscape architects is that landscape designers typically work on small-scale residential projects like lawns, gardens, and patios. Most landscape designers work with “softscape” – our industry-specific term for plants. Through the use of trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses, landscape designers create colorful and aesthetic gardens, lawns, backyards, and patios.

For some projects, landscape architects and designers may work together as a team – the architect designs the overall layout and “feel” of the space, accounting for the nitty-gritty details like irrigation systems, and a landscape designer may be contracted to come back monthly or quarterly to replace plants, manicure the lawn, and maintain the environment.

Landscape designers focus on small residential projects.

(Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Have a large outdoor project coming up? 

Our team of landscape architects can help design an environment that evokes a memorable feeling amongst visitors, and one that is unique to your space. With landscape architecture, the possibilities truly are endless. Contact us to get started.