A Full-Service Landscape Architecture Firm

Terra’s team of landscape architects, designers, and collaborators provide a full range of services which offer customized solutions for every project. Our commissions focus upon teaching landscapes and include a mix of large and small public gardens, university landscapes, cultural institutions, and child-focused spaces within elementary school settings. It is our practice to listen carefully to the contextual story of every site so that the resulting creation is unique and embraced by its community and stakeholders.

We are best known for our master plans and full-service designs, from schematic design through construction administration. Our decades of experience across a wide platform of institutions has also taught us firsthand the importance of earned income opportunities. Beyond design, we bring an insight for financial sustainability to every project. Terra is often also asked to provide fundraising support, from project narratives and evocative graphics to sophisticated and complete donor brochures.

At Terra, we believe there is strength in collaborators, and we will custom build a team to uniquely serve your project and its vision. Our national practice has connected us to respected and specialized experts who strengthen our services through their architectural, interpretive planning, strategic planning, lighting design, water feature design, and engineering support. Over the years we have also formed friendships with a national pool of early childhood educators, cultural institution leaders, naturalists and horticulturists, all of whom we can still rely on for their knowledge, insight, and experience. 

TERRA DESIGN STUDIOS' COMMISSIONS: (P) Public Gardens - (F) Family Gardens - (A) Academic Landscapes - (C) Cultural Institutions - (N) Nature & Heritage Gardens - (G) Green Infrastructure

TERRA DESIGN STUDIOS' COMMISSIONS: (P) Public Gardens - (F) Family Gardens - (A) Academic Landscapes - (C) Cultural Institutions - (N) Nature & Heritage Gardens - (G) Green Infrastructure

CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens | Jacksonville, FL

Monticello Sculpture Gardens | Godfrey, IL

St. Louis Science Center | St. Louis, MO

Beauvoir | Biloxi, MS

Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center | Meridian, MS

Firestone Park | Columbiana, OH

Beaver Station Events and Cultural Center | Beaver, PA

Bridgeville Public Library | Bridgeville, PA

Tullio Square | Erie, PA

August Wilson Center | Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History | Pittsburgh, PA

East Liberty Cathedral of Hope | Pittsburgh, PA

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens | Pittsburgh, PA

NATURE & HERITAGE GARDENS

Environmental Learning Center | Vero Beach, FL

Mead Botanical Gardens | Winter Park, FL

Seed Savers Exchange | Decorah, IA      

National Great Rivers Research & Education Center | Alton, IL

Prairie Garden Trust | New Bloomfield, MO

Blacklick Woods MetroPark | Columbus, OH

Firestone Park | Columbiana, OH

 

PUBLIC GARDENS & GREENSCAPES

Tucson Botanical Gardens | Tucson, AZ

Denver Botanic Gardens | Denver, CO

Naples Botanical Garden | Naples, FL

Smith Gilbert Gardens | Kennesaw, GA

Okoboji Botanical Gardens | Lake Okoboji, IA

Monticello Sculpture Gardens | Godfrey, IL

Powell Gardens | Kansas City, MO

North Carolina Arboretum | Asheville, NC

Clary Gardens | Coshocton, OH

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens | Columbus, OH

Fellows Riverside Gardens | Youngstown, OH

Kingwood Center Gardens | Mansfield, OH

Sisters of St. Joseph | Baden, PA

Orchard Manor | Grove City, PA

Sandyvale Memorial Gardens | Johnstown, PA

Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens | Oakdale, PA

Rivers Edge of Oakmont | Oakmont, PA

East End Cooperative Ministry | Pittsburgh, PA

Fifth Avenue Place | Pittsburgh, PA

Mellon Fountain | Pittsburgh, PA

Washington’s Landing | Pittsburgh, PA

ACADEMIC LANDSCAPES

Garvan Woodland Gardens | Hot Springs, AZ

Lewis and Clark Community College | Godfrey, IL

The Gardens at Southern Illinois University | Edwardsville, IL

Southwestern Illinois College | Belleville, IL

The State Botanical Garden of Kentucky | Lexington, KY

Sarah P. Duke Gardens | Durham, NC

Allegheny Arboretum | Indiana, PA

Robert Morris University | Moon Township, PA

Chatham University | Pittsburgh, PA

McCrory Gardens | Brookings, SD

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum | Harrisonburg, VA

FAMILY GARDENS

Aldridge Botanical Gardens | Hoover, AL

Denver Botanic Gardens | Denver, CO

Florida Botanic Garden | Tampa, FL

Atlanta Botanical Gardens | Atlanta, GA

Faust Park | Chesterfield, MO       

Powell Gardens | Kansas City, MO

Cape Fear Botanic Garden | Cape Fear, NC

Fellows Riverside Gardens | Youngstown, OH

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens | Columbus, OH

Glass City MetroPark | Toledo, OH

Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark | Dayton, OH

Steel Valley School District | Homestead, PA

Cyert Center for Early Education | Pittsburgh, PA

Kate and Peter’s Treehouse | Pittsburgh, PA

Phillips Elementary School | Pittsburgh, PA

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens | Pittsburgh, PA

Winchester Thurston School | Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden | Oakdale, PA

The Watson Institute | Sewickley, PA

McCrory Gardens | Brookings, SD

Memphis Botanic Garden | Memphis, TN

Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Fort Worth, TX

San Antonio Botanical Garden | San Antonio, TX

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum | Harrisonburg, VA

GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE

Lewis and Clark Community College | Godfrey, IL

National Great Rivers Research & Education Center | Alton, IL

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens | Columbus, OH

Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark | Dayton, OH

Steel Valley School District | Homestead, PA

Environmental Learning Center | Vero Beach, FL

Mead Botanical Gardens | Winter Park, FL

National Great Rivers Research & Education Center | Alton, IL

Tucson Botanical Gardens | Tucson, AZ

Fellows Riverside Gardens | Youngstown, OH

Kingwood Center Gardens | Mansfield, OH

Fifth Avenue Place | Pittsburgh, PA