Our work is characterized by a philosophy that reflects sensitivity to site context and character through an understanding of scale, proportion, materials and craftsmanship. It is this philosophy that produces successful and meaningful projects for our clients.


The methodology employed by STUDIO39 and our design team can best be summarized as ‘collaborative.’ The core principle of our methodology involves a constant exchange of information between all parties involved in the design process.  We have found that the most effective means to achieving a project’s goals is through open communication internally; amongst consultants, client, and stakeholders; and ultimately with the community.

STUDIO39 has worked on hundreds of projects in the various municipalities in the greater Washington DC metro area. This experience has made us very familiar with the cultural and physical landscape of the area and how it has evolved over the years. Having this knowledge base is important to understanding the issues involved with each project and working with all parties to eliminate the need to “play catch up.”

Quality Control

STUDIO39 maintains a strong commitment to both designing landscapes that present no constructability conflicts and to see design through implementation. The quality control initiated in the design stages continues through to the construction stage. Our design team is fully equipped to manage the progress and resolve issues as they arise.

Sustainable Design

Sustainable design has been a priority for STUDIO39 since the firm’s inception. Our knowledge of native plant selections not only reduces required maintenance and water usage, but also promotes biodiversity and re-establishes habitats. Our project for George Washington University in D.C. – Square 80, was selected as a pilot project for the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), which is the nation’s first rating system for sustainable landscapes.