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WE KNOW – IT’S A MOUTHFUL

Andropogon is a scientific category for a group of common North American field grasses. Wherever land has been disturbed, Andropogon grasses are one of the first living things to emerge. They colonize the ground, build soil so other plants may join it, and provide self-sustaining cover for a gradual, successional return to forest.

 

It’s more than just a name for us – it’s an idea. An ethos. An aspiration. It is the greatest of the many gifts given to us by our founders. It continually inspires us.

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Founded more than 40 years ago, Andropogon is a landscape architecture and ecological design firm committed to the principle of “designing with nature,” while creating beautiful and evocative landscapes inspired by the careful observation of natural processes that are informed by the best environmental science. The elegance and economy of natural form and process continue to be the benchmark by which we measure the success of our work—from the smallest construction detail to the multi-layered patterns of regional sites.

 

From the beginning, Andropogon has pushed the definition of how we define truly sustainable sites. We believe that ecologically responsible design must go beyond just minimizing our impact on the local and global environment. Instead, we see every project as an opportunity to restore the integrity of a site and to make it fundamentally regenerative for the larger community in the long term.

 

As a certified minority business enterprise (MBE), Andropogon is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Our multi-cultural staff is dedicated to the successful maturing of each project, from initial concept designs to construction review and long-term landscape management. Our body of national and international work includes early examples of innovative green strategies that have withstood the test of time as well as a broad range of landscape, site planning, environmental projects, ecological restoration, and innovative stormwater management techniques.

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PLACE FIRST

Our goal is to tell the story of a site by learning what it was, discovering what it is, and studying what it can become.

HIGH PERFORMANCE LANDSCAPES

Our work is best when we are solving tough problems that demand creative, linked, and overlapping solutions.

HARMONIZE PEOPLE AND PLACE

If we can create a deep bond between a place and the community that supports it, we can guarantee its long-term success.

HEAL ECOSYSTEMS

Our core approach is to build dynamic, holistic systems and establish a healthy web of relationships.

ECONOMY OF INTERVENTION

We strive to provide design and planning strategies that produce maximum impact, with minimal invasion.

BEAUTY IS MORE THAN SKIN DEEP

Our landscapes are not just beautiful; they are studied, measured, and optimized – their success is built on a foundation of data.

  • Landscape Architecture
  • Site Analysis
  • Site & Landscape Design
  • Landscape Management
  • Permit & Regulatory Preparation
  • Construction Documentation & Observation
  • Historic Preservation & Adaptive Reuse
  • Regional Planning
  • Environmental & Land Use Planning
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Open Space Trail Systems
  • Community Planning & Facilitation
  • Master Planning
  • Program Analysis & Development
  • Mixed-Use & Residential Development
  • Institutional Visioning & Development
  • Stormwater Management
  • Ecological Restoration
  • Funding Strategies
  • Sustainability Strategies
  • Site Selection
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Site Planning & Design
  • Stormwater Management
  • Brownfield Redevelopment
  • SITES Documentation
  • LEED Documentation
  • Living Building Challenge documentation
  • Research
  • Post Occupancy Evaluation & Case Studies
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Soil Biology Analysis
  • Social Monitoring
  • Experimental Design
  • Monitoring Protocols
  • Adaptive Land Management Programs
  • Public Outreach & Presentations
  • Grant & Technical Writing

celebrating 40 years of people who contributed to the success of andropogon

we couldn’t have done it without you

Throughout Andropogon’s long history, we have had many talented, inspiring, influential, ground-breaking people work with us. We would like to give a shout out to some of those individuals.

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José Almiñana

PLA, FASLA, SITES AP, LEED AP
Principal

Thomas Amoroso

PLA, ASLA, CSLA
Managing Principal

Darren Damone

PLA, ASLA
Principal + Director of Practice Development

Elizabeth Hamill

PLA, ASLA, LEED AP
Associate Principal

Jason Curtis

PLA, LFA, SITES AP, LEED AP
Senior Associate

Todd Montgomery

Senior Associate

Lauren Mandel

PLA, ASLA
Associate + Researcher

Martin Troutman

PLA, ASLA, LEED AP
Technical Manager

John R. Collins

Senior Designer

Martha Eberle

PLA, ASLA
Associate + Head of the Raleigh Office

Michelle Jordan

PLA, ASLA
Landscape Architect

Eric Thomas

ASLA
Landscape Planner + GIS Specialist

Chao Yang

PLA
Landscape Architect

Le Xu (Cindy)

LEED AP BD + C
Landscape Designer

Dorothy Jacobs

Landscape Designer

Loretta Desvernine

Senior Graphic Designer

Brittany Herron

Marketing Coordinator

Thomas Petrik

Chief Financial Officer