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.
From Drab Drive to Private Getaway
Denny-Blaine Outdoor Revival
A reinvention of a crumbling entry and compartmentalized outdoor spaces reconnect this home to the neighborhood and site.
Reinventing a House and Yard to Enjoy the View
Blue Ridge View Home
With multidisciplinary services — architecture, interiors, and site design — this remodel feels truly customized just for this family, inside and out.
New Lowrise Multifamily Development
Carkeek Park Townhomes
These proposed townhomes near Carkeek Park act as a buffer between a single-family neighborhood and a commercially-zoned area on a busy arterial street.
Integrated Design for Indoor/Outdoor Living
Queen Anne Gambrel
A full yard remodel paired with a new kitchen and targeted architectural updates, this home features spaces perfect for this family’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle.
A Year-Round Exterior Meditation & Relaxation Space
Tree of Life Backyard
Lush plantings, custom art pieces, integrated lighting, and more, helped transform this underused backyard into an oasis with seasonal interest.
Our landscape architecture posts.
What inspires designers to create beautiful projects? Just like making a fantastic dish to eat, it’s about more than the individual ingredients — it’s about how they all work together! In design, it’s so much more than meeting the basic programmatic needs of our clients. It’s about telling a story.Read more.
Who says yards are just for summer? Here at Board & Vellum, we believe your outdoor spaces should be beautiful, functional, and awesome to hang out in no matter the season or weather. With a few special considerations, you can have an outdoor living space that's comfortable all year long — rain or shine.Read more.
We think embracing the outdoors is key to fully enjoying the winter season. If you live in Seattle, you might be scratching your head. Enjoying the outdoors in all this rain? In short, yes! There’s so much to enjoy this time of year, so take a leaf out of Scandinavia’s book and prepare to get cozy.Read more.
Ask an Architect, Custom Residential, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Multifamily & Mixed-Use
The impact of the coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic is incredibly vast. As we try to plan for how this will impact our businesses, how the cost of construction could change is a common — and key — question. Here are some of the factors that could play a role in pushing the cost of construction either up or down.Read more.
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.
Our landscape architecture recognition stories.
Fixr’s Top 200 Experts in the Construction Industry 2020
In the architecture and construction industry, Fixr releases an annual list of who they consider experts in the construction industry. Jeff Pelletier has made the cut for the last four years!
Best Architects in Seattle: Expertise’s 2020 List
Expertise examined 138 architecture firms in the Seattle area and selected only 19 to make their list of Best Architects in Seattle, including Board & Vellum.
Best Seattle Architects: Fresh Chalk’s 2020 List
Board & Vellum comes in at #3 on Fresh Chalk’s 2020 List of Best Seattle Architects.
Best of Houzz 2020: Design & Service
We are so appreciative of our fantastic clients, collaborators, and fans — with your support, we are excited to have been recognized for the 7th year in a row for Best of Houzz awards for both Design and Service. Thank you!
WASLA Award of Merit 2019
Board & Vellum is honored to be presented with an Award of Merit in 2019 from the Washington State chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Our landscape architecture team team members.
Zack Thomas, PLA, LEED AP ND
Principal, Landscape & Site Design
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.
Yi-Chun Lin, NCARB, NOMA
Director, Integrated Practice
Motivated by curiosity to connect culture, environment, and human experience through design, Yi-Chun’s generalist experience is expressed through a range of project typologies. An avid reader, seeker of metaphors, and food enthusiast, she revels finding beauty in simplicity.
Leslie Batten, PLA, CPSI, LEED GA
Senior 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.
Associate, Landscape & Site Design
Ian is a landscape designer with experience working with multidisciplinary, creative teams to deliver a variety of projects from residential housing to themed zoo exhibits. He likes to ask, "Why not?" and enjoys problem solving and research that generates novel ideas and solutions.
Jennifer Garcia-Chen, PLA
Associate, Landscape Architect
As a Landscape Architect, Jennifer is inspired to positively impact the world through design. She works on projects of all sizes, from private gardens to large-scale civic work, like parks.
Associate, Landscape & Site Design
Interested in art, design, and nature since she was young, when Juliana’s not thinking about how design can create environmental and social benefits, she enjoys sketching, exploring Seattle by foot, and trying all the restaurants that Seattle has to offer.
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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