About Us

As individuals we are impassioned by the American West.

As a firm we are its students, and its stewards.

What compels us about the West? The panoramas. The severity. The scarcity. The vigorous, pragmatic people. The treasures and scars of long human presence. People may think the West is simple. It’s not. It’s emphatic, but subtle. It’s rugged, but delicate. Enormous in complexity and nuance, the Western landscape has been the crucible of our firm’s values, and of our expertise.

DHM was founded over four decades ago in Denver. One of our earliest projects was the master plan for Genesee, a residential development committed to the preservation of its views, open space, and unique foothills ecosystem — a “conservation community,” before that concept was widely understood. Since then, we have opened offices in Carbondale and Durango, Colorado, and Bozeman, Montana. From an original focus on the front range, our geographic base has expanded throughout the Great Basin and beyond. The scope of our work now includes planning and design for resort and residential communities, historic properties, civic spaces, local and National Parks, tribal lands, legacy ranches and high-end residences.

Given the nature of the West, a great deal of this work addresses very large sites. Half of it is in the public sector. Much of that has been conducted in the region’s monumental National Parks, where we have been restoring degraded environments and enhancing visitor experiences since our earliest days. The ethos of the National Parks, and the conservation and design principles we have practiced in them, translate to every project we take on: Protect natural systems and human history. Reveal opportunities for exploration and enjoyment. Leave a light footprint.

We are designers, and we are environmentalists. What we do is both art and science. We pursue the synergies between human patterns and natural systems. On every DHM project, landscape architects and ecologists work shoulder-to-shoulder. This blurring of boundaries and collaboration across disciplines is a trend now in our profession. It’s been our practice since we began.

What has our long and intimate connection with the West taught us? To cherish the region’s environment. To honor its cultural heritage. To know that both are fragile.

To speak plainly.

And to listen.

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2018

Ouray Hot Springs Renovation – CCASLA – Merit Award for Design (see project)

Ridgway Streetscape – CCASLA – Merit Award for Design (see project)

Ridgway Streetscape – APWA CO – Transportation Award for Small Towns (see project)

Ridgway Streetscape – Governor’s Award for Best Use of Public Space in a Small Town (see project)

Blue River Restoration – APWA CO – Sustainability Award for Small Towns

2017

Basalt River Restoration – CCASLA Merit Award for Design (see project)

2016

True Nature Healing Arts Center – Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence – Best New Addition to Downtown (see project)

2015

Basalt River Restoration – CASFM – Honor Award for Outstanding Achievement (see project)

Johnson Habitat Park – CCASLA – Merit Award for Design (see project)

Johnson Habitat Park – CASFM -Honor Award for Outstanding Achievement (see project)

Johnson Habitat Park – APWA -Parks & Trails – Large (see project)

DHM Storybooks – Book/Monograph – SMPS Colorado – Corporate Identity

West Edge Virtual Tour – International Economic Development Council (IEDC) – Bronze Award in New Media

2014

Brian’s Park Ice Rink – Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence – Best Adaptive Reuse of Public Space (see project)

Carbondale Library – CCASLA – Honor Award for Design (see project)

Sun Valley Riverfront Park – CCASLA -Honor Award for Design (see project)

True Nature Healing Arts – CCASLA -Merit Award for Design (see project)

DHM Website Design – SMPS Colorado – Corporate Identity

2013

GoCo Grant Toolkit – Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence – Best Professional Service in Action Award

2012

Cultural Landscape Report for Washington Square – BSLA – Honor Award for Landscape Analysis & Planning

2011

Ucross Ranch Master Plan – CCASLA – Land Stewardship Award for Planning (see project)

2009

The Arrabelle at Vail Square – CCASLA – Merit Award for Design (see project)

Carbondale Rec Center – CCASLA Merit Award for Design, Land Stewardship Award Designation (see project)

Columbine Memorial – CCASLA Honor Award for Design (see project)

Croke Reservoir – CCASLA – Merit Award for Design (see project)

2008

Wheeler Residence – CCASLA – Merit Award for Design (see project)

Aspen Community Campus – CCASLA Award Merit for Design

2007

Three Springs – CCASLA Merit Award for Planning (see project)

Wildhorse Ranch – ASLA Honor Award for Analysis & Planning (see project)

Wildhorse Ranch – Oregon ASLA Merit Award for Design (see project)

2005

Burlingame Ranch Affordable Housing – ASLA Honor Award for Analysis & Planning (see project )

2004

The Built Environment Guide for the National Forests and Grasslands – ASLA Merit Award in Communication

Littleton Residence – CCASLA Honor Award

Cherry Creek Residence – CCASLA Merit Award

2003

Mount Rushmore – CCASLA Honor Award for Design (see project)

Sequoia National Park – CCASLA President’s Award of Excellence for Design (see project)

Columbine Memorial – CCASLA Merit Award for Planning & Urban Design

2002

Aspen Community Campus – CCASLA Land Stewardship Award

Kuiper High Plains Xeriscape Garden – CCASLA Merit Award for Design & Land Steward Designation

2001

Sand Creek Greenway Master Plan – CCASLA Merit Award for Planning & Land Steward Designation (see project)

Westminster Promenade East – CCASLA Merit Award for Design

1999

Aspen Community Campus – CCASLA Award of Merit for Design

Moore Fields, Aspen Community Campus – CCASLA Merit Award for Design & Land Steward Designation

1997

Rocky Mountain National Park Employee Housing – CCASLA Merit Award for Planning

1996

Guanella Pass: Visual Inventory & Assessment – CCASLA Merit Award for Research & Communication

Westminster City Park – CCASLA Merit Award for Planning

1995

20th Street Corridor – AIA Award for Merit for Urban Design

1994

Mount Rushmore – CCASLA Honor Award for Design

The Preserve – CCASLA President’s Award

1990

Denver International Airport Landscape Master Plan -ASLA Honor Award