About Our Team

Inspiration

Annual retreats are a good for team building, but we’ve been fortunate to also offer immersive educational experiences and team adventures along the way. 

A few Land Morphology staffers approaching the  Greene and Greene  designed  Gamble House  in Pasadena, CA

A few Land Morphology staffers approaching the Greene and Greene designed Gamble House in Pasadena, CA

Cohesive teams share the same values.  Sharing experiences together helps, too.  In addition to a strong team, the foundation for great work requires great inspiration.  We believe great design requires feeding and that inspiration can come from many places. 

Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica

Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica

Looking at great work in other locations and seeking out high design – including gardens, and architecture –  widens perspectives. Typically, along with the good, come a few lessons learned, which are enlightening. 

Convening at the stream’s source - Getty Center

Convening at the stream’s source - Getty Center

Exposure

We believe in exposing the team to the work of strong designers.  Last year we visited the works of Steve Martino, TrueForm Landscape Architecture Studio, and Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture in Scottsdale. 

 

Lindsey checks out the Steve Martino designed fireplace on our 2017 tour.

Lindsey checks out the Steve Martino designed fireplace on our 2017 tour.

 

Recently we had another opportunity to share an experience together.  Before 2018 wound down, we took a break from our daily project work to widen our perspectives and study many beautiful projects.  We ventured to Southern California to seek out some of the cultural sights, focusing on public spaces and gardens in and around Los Angeles.  Luckily, the recent rain washed away any smog, leaving us nothing but clear blue skies and the ocean in view.

Ints and others listen intently to the Getty Villa garden tour.

Ints and others listen intently to the Getty Villa garden tour.

Sue contemplates the view from Tongva Park (designed by  James Corner Field Operations )

Sue contemplates the view from Tongva Park (designed by James Corner Field Operations)

Lessons Learned

Each person has different interests and subjects that speak to them.  Staff discovered the most gracious measurements of stair treads and risers (you’ll be reading more about that next year).  They interpreted the multi-layered concrete work at the Getty Villa.  Others drew a line between what is art and what makes a garden.  Whether contemplating design intent or admiring concrete finishes and construction details at Tongva Park (designed by our friends at James Corner Field Operations), everyone brought something new back to the drafting table.

 

There’s a tape measure involved at this Getty Villa scene.

There’s a tape measure involved at this Getty Villa scene.

Considering how a design may have looked great in SketchUp or plan view but disappoints in the real world is an important lesson to learn.  Thinking about how a space will feel is key to the emotive landscapes we strive to design.  Taking a break to look at what makes a successful public space is never lost time for a designer.

Malibu Lunch Break!

Malibu Lunch Break!

The Cactus Garden at the Getty Center, designed by  The Olin Studio

The Cactus Garden at the Getty Center, designed by The Olin Studio

Teamwork

We’ve spent time this year building our team, focusing on communicating well, setting goals, contributing our fair share, and supporting each other.  The shared experiences from our trip have led to new camaraderie and knowledge.  We all have a new perspective for the coming year.  We can talk forever about what makes a great team, but going outside and playing together is the best practice for any team.

 

Best wishes for 2019 from Land Morphology.

Best wishes for 2019 from Land Morphology.

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