About Gustafson Porter

Gustafson Porter is an award-winning, international landscape architecture practice.

Gustafson Porter
United Kingdom

Gustafson Porter is at the forefront of landscape design practice. Our work is original, distinctive and engaging. We believe landscape architecture is an essential discipline in the creation of healthy environments for the 21st century.

Our innovative designs draw inspiration from the uniqueness of place. We begin every project by researching the project’s site, context and past, in order to create a design which is responsive, sensitive and appropriate. We treat the land as a fundamental compositional element in the landscapes we create. Sculpting the ground is a distinctive feature of our work.

Our projects span climate zones, geographical characters, and historical and cultural backgrounds. In the landscape and architecture world, our work has a reputation for being of the highest design quality. In mainstream culture, our work has entered popular consciousness because we create beguilingly simple spaces which bring pleasure to everyone.

Our innovative designs manipulate the ground plane to create steps, ramps and level changes which unfold and change as the visitor experiences them. Our sensual landforms define space in a sculptural way.

As well as storing, processing and purifying water, our landscape designs enrich the sensory experience with water, expressing changes in level and inviting people to engage; from reflective rainwater pools to splashing fountains, from naturalised lakes to drainable water features capable of accommodating crowds.

We use plants to structure space. Working with shape, size, texture, sun patterns and existing soils, we develop planting schemes to enhance the site’s assets. We look for complexity in simplicity, producing bold schemes with a high degree of textural and seasonal variation.

Lighting is integral part to the choreography of our landscapes. Ceilings of starlight animate public spaces when dusk falls, creating atmosphere, enhancing a sense of safety and encouraging extended use.

Our work preserves and enhances the natural environment, promoting positive environmental and social outcomes. We design landscapes which balance human and environmental requirements, offering creative and pragmatic solutions in urban contexts.

Our ecological strategies range from native seed collection and habitat protection to the creation of ecological areas within larger public amenity spaces. Our work balances human requirements of the public realm with those of biodiversity.

We put people at the heart of our designs; spending time understanding the local community and listening to their needs. We strive to design simple, uncluttered and barrier-free environments which promote choice, flexibility of use and enable everyone to participate equally.

Our award-winning designs enshrine best practice, limiting obstacles to movement and sight. Our urban landscapes demonstrate positive community take-up and a marked reduction in anti-social behaviour