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Profile

Trowbridge Wolf Michaels Landscape Architects LLP has been providing high-quality landscape architecture and planning services since 1978. We seek to address and solve critical issues in landscape architecture and planning that affect the practice of our discipline and society at large. From its inception, TWMLA has produced important, recognizable, and award-winning work, initially in New York State and increasingly across the United States.

Today TWMLA, a woman-owned business located in Ithaca, NY, engages in full service to our broad cross-section of clientele. In particular, we offer services and leadership in all areas of higher education, affordable and market-rate housing, public parks, open-space and waterfronts, urban design, and multi-modal transportation systems including trails and streetscapes.  We pride ourselves on engaging best practices as a matter of course.

Our staff are guided by core values of commitment to excellence, environmental stewardship, collaborative thinking, strong client relationships built on respect and mutual values, and leadership in the profession.

TWMLA designs to build. We believe we have a responsibility to create meaningful places that improve the lives of people who occupy them. We are committed to a high level of aesthetics, making beautiful places. We strive for seamless contextual designs that create durable, resilient and cost-effective environments.

Education is the keystone to our practice. We create work-place and public environments that inspire as well as teach.  We curate the landscape as well as help clients and communities to problem solve.  We solve these problems in a practical way that is aesthetically and environmentally pleasing with great public benefit.

Our most recent work includes the following

Trowbridge Wolf Michaels is certified as a Women-Owned
Business Enterprise (WBE).

 

Our services are prominently featured through work in the following sectors

Campus

Fundamental to Trowbridge Wolf Michaels Landscape Architects’ approach to campus planning and design is the understanding that landscape is integral to a campus’ identity. Trowbridge Wolf Michaels believes in a collaborative process, engaging staff at every phase while bearing in mind the comprehensive view of campus. TWMLA is unique in our extensive experience in design at the master plan level and at detailed construction.

TWMLA has consistently contracted with several campuses (both higher education and healthcare) on a repeat basis, including Cornell University, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Oswego, Ithaca College, SUNY Oneonta, and Cayuga Medical Center. These long-term relationships are a testament to our commitment to a high level of attention and service during design documentation and construction phases. We make it a priority to be available to work through any problems that arise during construction.

 

Public Landscapes

Our concern as landscape architects is to plan for and design inviting outdoor spaces – open space, parks for active and passive recreation, trails and greenways, civic monuments, and plazas.

Trowbridge Wolf Michaels combines strong design skills with an ability to act as effective facilitators to achieve success in comprehensive planning and design projects. We have extensive experience in the preparation of regional, municipal and neighborhood master plans, park and open space master plans, and design of greenways and multi-use trails.

In the planning process we look for opportunities to establish or enhance open space for passive or active recreation, or for commemoration or quiet contemplation. We also seek opportunities to link community open spaces with trail and bicycle networks when possible. Coordination between municipal government, public interest groups, designers, and developers is integral to the process.

 

Urban Design

Our concern as landscape architects is with the spaces outside of the building – the streetscapes, circulation systems, transit systems, civic monuments, plazas, open space, and pocket parks.

Trowbridge Wolf Michaels combines strong design skills with an ability to act as effective facilitators to achieve success on complex urban design projects. We have extensive experience in the preparation of municipal and neighborhood master plans, design of streetscape improvements, and waterfront redevelopment planning. We configure outdoor spaces and select and design street furnishings, benches, lighting, signage, pavement, and street vegetation. Coordination between municipal government, public interest groups, designers, and developers is considered integral to the process. Our horticulture expertise complements our design and facilitation skills and is geared to establishing trees in difficult urban environments.

 

Residential

Trowbridge Wolf Michaels offers a full range of site planning and design services for large scale mixed-use residential and commercial development.  Services include site selection and analysis, program development, site design, cost estimation, environmental assessment, and securing the required approvals.  Upon approval, we can produce design development, technical grading and drainage plans, landscape plans, detailed cost estimates, construction details and specifications, and a bidding package for prospective contractors.  Finally we provide construction administration services to insure the highest level of construction quality.