Cindy Tyler, PLA - Principal

Cindy Tyler’s landscape architecture career spans three decades, during which time she has focused upon the master planning and design of public gardens and open spaces and higher education teaching landscapes through the development of over 45 master plans in 18 states. She is also a recognized leader among her peers for her family garden designs, and has led the development of more than 20 family gardens in 10 states, including 15 that are built or under construction. 

Prior to founding Terra Design Studios, Cindy was one of the founding partners of Marshall.Tyler.Rausch, where she focused on the design of public gardens that educate and inspire. Her goal to design gardens that reunite people to the natural cycles of the earth has continued to be the guiding principle behind each of Terra’s commissions.

Cindy earned her B.S. in Landscape Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University. She is an active member of the American Horticultural Society’s Youth Gardening Advisory Panel, and is a seasoned presenter at conferences hosted by AHS, APGA, and ASLA.

Her international travels have taken her to Thailand, England, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Tanzania, giving her a firm understanding of the role cultural heritage plays in successful landscape design. Protective of her own Pennsylvania cultural landscape, she is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture. She and her husband are also stewards of Westlake Farm, a 30-acre farm north of Pittsburgh that they are diligently restoring.

Cindy’s passion for ecologically-based design and decades of public and family garden experience makes her a vital part of any project team.