These design and business principles apply to every project:
- Start by understanding your property’s natural and ecological systems in terms of water, drainage, flora and fauna, micro-climate, soils and topography. Learn what is unique to each landscape, whether it is an ephemeral stand of spring bloodroot, a hedgerow of summer elderberry fruit, a dramatic fall combination of salmon colored shadblow and dark green cedar, or a gentle topography revealed by snow cover. Respect the natural systems and wildlife habitats, and employ conservation principles in both the design and long term property maintenance.
- Learn about the history, stories and workings of the site in order to create engaging contextual designs. Respond to your personal interests and history and the cultural context so that the design resonates with the home owner or the public.
- Create a lively, open and engaging exchange with the client, the public and the contractors so that your project benefits from everyone’s experience and ideas. Find ways to help you envision design ideas before they are built so you make informed choices.
- Pay attention to costs and schedule and keep an open communication about all of your concerns throughout the design process. Always keep in mind simple cost effective solutions that conserve time and resources.
Jamie Purinton – Resume (pdf)