Colorful moveable chairs can create a destination

Committed to Creating Imaginative, Practical and Sustainable Designs

Ground Reconsidered is a landscape architecture studio dedicated to realizing engaging, beautiful and memorable places. The firm has successfully designed and executed projects that range in scope from comprehensive master plans to the creation of intimate landscapes and the detail design of site elements. By responding to site context and client input our work transforms landscapes, enhancing the built projects within them and ensuring continuity with the existing environment. We take a holistic view of the site and context our projects inhabit and work to understand geological, hydrological and vegetative conditions as well as the human needs of each location. Our designs respond to visual and physical cues from the environment as well as to the meaning and purpose a place has to its users.

Ground Reconsidered has worked on numerous projects in which master plan ideas were developed into built landscapes. Active participation by the client, as well as the potential users of the site, is essential to the success of our projects as is planning for the on-going maintenance of a newly created landscape. We are intensely concerned with the sustainable character of the interventions that shape the environments we create. As we celebrate 30 years of design excellence we look forward to assuming the challenge of new projects and continuing to provide our clients with innovative and enduring environments that enhance the quality of life of those who encounter them.

Ground is the gift we inherit. Our role is to steward, protect, transform, beautify and activate the Ground and Reconsider how design can enhance the human experience.

We are RESPONSIBLE and passionate in our approach to nurturing the natural environment and the social culture of our organization.

Founder Peta Raabe's Memorial Tree in Aviator Park

Our History

The principals and staff of Ground Reconsidered have over the past three decades built a practice dedicated to improving live/work/learn/play places through the design of creative interventions. Over the years the firm has grown and evolved but we have always remained true to the tenets of our original mission: to embrace and value the process as well as the product and to create places that are cherished, well-used and cared for by the people who use them.

The firm’s past and present work on college and corporate campuses, on urban streets and public plazas, on parks and recreation areas and on underutilized parcels of land draws on the genius loci and supports the site’s intended program. Frequent repeat clients affirm our reputation and ability to effectively address a wide range of design challenges. We look forward to many more years of envisioning creative solutions and exceeding expectations.