ABL Landscape Architecture is principally devoted to the adaptation of historic, environmentally sensitive landscapes to contemporary needs and goals. The firm seeks to distill the essence of a site, and to respond to its innate character and context with creative, enduring design. ABL assists clients through all phases from initial concept to landscape establishment and maturation. We embrace open dialogue and exploration with clients, allied professionals, contractors, and end-users.
Mindful of the client's need to visualize the final product and also of the client's cost constraints in landscape construction and maintenance, ABL seeks every reasonable means to narrow the uncertainty between design incubation and the desired outcome. Such techniques include photo simulation, 3D scale models, material samples, full scale mock-ups, detailed review of pricing, dialogue with both grounds staff and end-users, and frequent site visits.
Recent projecs include a master plan for the Virginia Horse Center; integration of parking into VMI's North Main Street slopes, cultural landscape reports for Fairfax County's Ellanor C. Lawrence Regional Park and Green Spring and White Horticultural Parks, and a feasibility study for Washington and Lee University's Arts and Crafts style Belfield estate - in addition to residential garden designs for both contemporary and historic Virginia homes.