As a planning and design firm with roots in the American west, we understand the power of creating real places that are true to the people who live here.
Our calling is to interpret the form and function of landscape in ways that are authentic to its place and cultural history. We are resource-wise and down to earth. We advocate for our clients’ best interest within the natural systems of the place and love to roll up our sleeves to bring practical and intuitive solutions to life. We are stewards and storytellers. From railroads to ghost towns, ranchlands to downtowns, we bring together the ecology, history and collective knowledge of those who understand the place best.
In the 80s, we began to work with the National Park Service, restoring portions of the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park. We formed a lasting relationship with the National Park Service that continues today with our work in the most beautiful and fragile ecosystems in the west : Glacier, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Zion, the Badlands, and beyond.
With the launch of our Carbondale office in 1998 our work began in small mountain communities and ranches along the Western Slope.
Our work at regional ski resorts further strengthened our expertise in the recreation sector as designers who are able to harness the energy and intention of communities driven by tourism and Mother Nature.
The Durango studio opened in 2004 in a historic junior high school building that was transformed into an energy efficient, solar-powered center for arts. Three Springs Community Development, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, and Bandelier National Monument were some of our first projects in the arid southwest.
We began to develop a portfolio of residential and ranch properties that embrace and enhance the ecological characteristics of each site.
The firm pioneered a growing trend for communities to embrace their riverfront property as places for play and interaction with the water. We were recognized for natural playgrounds, outdoor educational amenities, regional trail connections and river restoration along the South Platte & Roaring Fork Rivers.
The opening of the Bozeman studio in 2015 expanded our relationships and brings us closer to the communities we serve in the Great Basin region.
West Edge Virtual Tour – International Economic Development Council (IEDC) – Bronze Award in New Media
DHM Storybooks – Book/Monograph – SMPS Colorado – Corporate Identity
DHM Website Design – SMPS Colorado – Corporate Identity
GoCo Grant Toolkit – Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence – Best Professional Service in Action Award
Cultural Landscape Report for Washington Square – BSLA – Honor Award for Landscape Analysis & Planning
Aspen Community Campus – CCASLA Award Merit for Design
The Built Environment Guide for the National Forests and Grasslands – ASLA Merit Award in Communication
Shannahan Residence – CCASLA Merit Award
Littleton Residence – CCASLA Honor Award
Columbine Memorial – CCASLA Merit Award for Planning & Urban Design
Kuiper High Plains Xeriscape Garden – CCASLA Merit Award for Design & Land Steward Designation
Aspen Community Campus – CCASLA Land Stewardship Award
Westminster Promenade East – CCASLA Merit Award for Design
Moore Fields, Aspen Community Campus – CCASLA Merit Award for Design & Land Steward Designation
Aspen Community Campus – CCASLA Award of Merit for Design
Rocky Mountain National Park Employee Housing – CCASLA Merit Award for Planning
Westminster City Park – CCASLA Merit Award for Planning
Guanella Pass: Visual Inventory & Assessment – CCASLA Merit Award for Research & Communication
20th Street Corridor – AIA Award for Merit for Urban Design
The Preserve – CCASLA President’s Award
Mount Rushmore – CCASLA Honor Award for Design
Denver International Airport Landscape Master Plan -ASLA Honor Award