Our landscape architecture services.
Commercial, Residential, Site Design, Plant Selection
From site planning to hardscapes, from green walls plant selection, landscape architecture elevates the design of any project. Our landscape team works closely with our architects and interior designers, so we all enjoy seamless communication of ideas and problem-solving.Learn more.
Our landscape architecture portfolio projects.
Space for Urban Agriculture
Central District Edible Garden
Raised beds with integrated benches and full of flowers, fruits, and vegetables surround a fire pit in this yard designed for urban agriculture and entertaining.
Site Design for an Apartment Building
1819 Exterior Refresh
With earthy materials — steel, natural wood, gravel, concrete, and green foliage — this apartment complex from the 1980s has a refreshed, modern street presence.
Pacific Northwest Modern Deck Design
Modern Deck on a Tudor Home
This new deck with a Pacific Northwest Modern feel complements a traditional home, connecting the indoor and outdoor spaces and anchoring the home in the landscape.
Proposed New Waterfront Home
A new “Modern Tudor” home in a historic neighborhood presents formally to the street, while opening up to sweeping waterfront views off the back.
Transforming an Overgrown Backyard
Backyard Reading Retreat
This petite backyard shed and yard are an urban oasis: the perfect place to relax and recharge in the busy city with a great book.
Our landscape architecture posts.
The proper care of trees is crucial to their health and to the safety of the people enjoying them. The relationship between trees, people, and the structures we build requires a managed balance. Certified Arborists play a key role in all this; explore how in this conversation with our in-house certified arborist, Hailey Mackay.Read more.
Layered planting doesn’t have to be complex and, if done correctly, layering can reduce your garden maintenance and increase the time you spend actually enjoying your garden. From the ground plane to the backdrop, you can create your own luscious, layered garden by following these simple concepts.Read more.
What do Golden Rain Tree, Cone Flower, and Thyme have in common? They can all bring lovely golden colors to your landscape. Learn more about the virtues of these three plants and why you may find them to be the perfect addition in your garden.Read more.
Three of our favorite plants for giving your shade garden some extra pop are Stewartia, Bear’s Breeches, and Cranesbill. Here’s a little on why we love them, how to help them thrive in your garden, and some ideas for pairing them with other plants.Read more.
Spring in Pacific Northwest forests brings new growth, lush in the damp, misty woods. Among the seemingly endless shades green, there are also a few lovely, subtle blossoms to enjoy. Learn about three of our favorites, found during a walk in the woods: Pacific dogwood, trumpet honeysuckle, and false lily of the valley.Read more.
After the spring rains, who doesn’t love some May flowers? There are plenty of them out there heralding the growing season, and here we’ll highlight some of our favorites: Magnolia, Sweet Olive, and Fairy Wings. Learn not only to recognize them, but what they like, and if they’d be a good fit for your yard.Read more.
Our landscape architecture recognition stories.
BUILD Sustainable Building Awards 2019
We’re honored that BUILD magazine has named us the "Architecture & Interior Design Firm of the Year" in Washington state in their Sustainable Building Awards, 2019.
Dwell Best of Design 2018 Awards Nominee
We are excited to see the Backyard Reading Retreat nominated by Dwell as one of the “most inspiring projects featured on Dwell this year,” in the category of “Small Spaces” with five other nominees.
Emerald Award for Renovated Community of the Year 2019
We are excited to hear: The Eden Apartments — the renovation of which our interiors and landscape studios designed — won a 2019 Emerald Award for “Renovated Community of the Year” from the Washington Multi-Family Housing Association.
Fixr’s Top 200 Experts in the Construction Industry 2019
How do you know who to listen to in a world flooded with content? Fixr is trying to help with their annual list of Top Experts in the Construction Industry, and Jeff Pelletier has made the cut for the last three years.
Fixr’s Top 200 Influencers 2018
Jeff Pelletier is recognized as one of Fixr's Top 200 Influencers for 2018 (for the second year in a row!) — honoring building professionals with great online presence and social media impact.
Our landscape architecture team team members.
Jeff Pelletier, AIA, CPHC
Principal | Architect
In 2011, Jeff founded Board & Vellum in his attic and has forged ahead with excitement ever since. Architecture aside, he is a huge advocate for traveling, and takes LEGO really seriously.
Senior Associate | Residential Landscape Studio Lead
Derek co-launched B&V’s “Site Design Studio” and is eagerly exploring his passion for landscape at a firm of integrated services. When he’s not in the studio, you’ll often find him behind the photographic lens.
Hailey Mackay, Associate ASLA, Certified Arborist
Associate | Landscape & Site Design
Hailey relishes exploring landscape design at all scales from micro-climates to urban design. She blends her personal and professional life with a relentless passion for gardening and the natural world.
Leslie Batten, PLA, LEED Green Associate
Associate | Landscape Architect
Leslie’s experience on projects of diverse scales makes her a great asset to the B&V landscape team. Outside of the office, Leslie leads an annual bike tour exploring Pacific Northwest wine regions.
Taylor McNeill, PLA
Associate | Landscape Architect
Taylor is a licensed landscape architect with a deep curiosity for the environment and its complex systems, both natural and social. When he is not in the office, he is likely exploring in the mountains or people-watching at the park.
Zack Thomas, PLA, LEED AP ND
Director, Site Design Studio | Landscape Architect
Zack co-launched B&V’s ”Site Design Studio,” and is excited to take on landscape projects of all shapes, sizes, and scales. He loves to get out of the city on weekends and makes a point of traveling to another country each year.
Would you like to learn more?
We’re thrilled that you’re interested!
Board & Vellum is a young and vibrant firm built on the idea that an informed and engaged team leads to better design and happy clients. We wouldn’t be where we are today without passion and hard work, and those same two things keep us going strong today.
Bringing your project from “idea” to fruition is a little different at Board & Vellum. We give personal care to each of our projects, and you’ll be in the loop every step the way. The bonus: we are an integrated firm, so each project has access to plenty of great knowledge — and that leads to better design.
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