Say hello to our landscape architecture studio. Because small project or large, integrated design makes sense.
From site planning, to hardscapes, to green walls, landscape architecture elevates the design of any project. Whether you’re investing in interior spaces or not, why not make your exterior spaces sing? Our landscape team works closely with our architects and interior designers, so not only do we all enjoy seamless communication of ideas and problem solving, but also, we are available to jump on your project team at any point, even if for just a quick consult. Perspectives from different fields and a collaborative environment means you get integrated design at Board & Vellum. Anyway, we’re not just plant geeks… but, yes, we can help with that, too.
Some work shown above completed at previous firms. We’ll have shiny new work up soon, so don’t be shy about checking back!
Meet the Team
Landscape Architecture was a fall-back for Port Gamble native Derek. His first passion was photography, but when it came to choosing a course of study, he decided to pursue a more structured career path.
Photography has remained a big part of Derek’s life, but his eye for framing a beautiful scene is evident in his landscape designs as well. Since earning his BLA at Washington State University, he has created unique and compelling outdoor spaces for urban infill projects, campuses, communities, and private residences. After working as a landscape designer and project manager at GGLO, Land Morphology, et al., Derek joined Board & Vellum in fall 2016.
When he isn’t designing landscapes or taking photos, Derek enjoys skateboarding, woodworking, and brewing beer. He lives on Bainbridge Island with his wife and two young children.
Zack Thomas, PLA, LEED AP ND
Project Associate | Landscape Architect
With more than 20 years of combined experience in the landscape design and construction industry and a graduate degree in ecological science, Zack brings a mix of scientific inquisitiveness, construction know-how, and design experience to every project.
After earning a bachelor’s in German literature from Reed College, Zack went on to get a master’s in ecology, hydrology, aquatic ecology at the University of Georgia. While pursuing that degree, he developed a special interest in urban ecosystems, which led him back to school – this time to earn his master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Washington. Since then, he has worked on a number of high-profile and award-winning projects as a landscape designer and project manager at GGLO, Land Morphology, elm environments, and now Board & Vellum.
Zack is a natural explorer, who includes traveling, camping, and long-distance cycling among his interests.