Ecological Design

Ecological design, with a focus on sustainability and conservation, is an essential element of AKRF's landscape planning and design practice. This approach is generally more energy-efficient and environmentally conscious than traditional design. 

Ecological design involves making the environment more appealing to its human users through an understanding of design principles, such as built or natural context, scale, formality, informality, and intended program uses. This practice makes brownfield sites safe and appealing for redevelopment, designs attractive green infrastructure projects on urban streets, and uses wetlands for stormwater settling and treatment instead of relying on elaborate storm sewer infrastructure networks.

AKRF takes a multi-pronged approach to any design—the context surrounding the design and its impact on the environment are as important to the creative outcome as the design itself. An important component of ecological design is interdisciplinary problem solving. This involves working collaboratively among our staff and other professionals to arrive at designs that are appropriate for different regional settings and site conditions. 

Ecological design improves habitats for flora and fauna, based upon native plant community associations and a thorough understanding of site hydrology, soils, geology, land use, solar aspect, historical context, and human use.

The scope of our services includes:

  • Stormwater management
  • Habitat restoration
  • Brownfield remediation
  • Green infrastructure