We see grandeur and stark beauty almost everywhere we look in the West. It’s why we’re here ourselves. And it’s why millions come every year from other regions and countries. Our priceless National Parks, Forests and Monuments offer stunning vistas and life-changing encounters with nature. No wonder these public lands can get crowded, and their infrastructures can have trouble keeping up.
We have been working in these places since our earliest days as a firm, redesigning facilities and protecting nature. The goal is always to give visitors opportunities to explore without feeling like members of a mob, or inadvertently trampling delicate habitat. It requires design and engineering informed by environmental science — and typically, gestures so subtle that they just get out of the way.
We ask ourselves, “How would we want to feel this place for the first time?” And then we let the nature of the place do the talking.