Urban Design + Landscape Architecture
Rooted in landscape
we weave culture, nature, place
design is our seed...
Io Design Collaborative is a professional consulting firm specializing in Landscape Architecture, Planning, Urban Design and Historic Preservation. Our work is focused on the continuation of regional narrative; weaving history, ecology, culture and meaning together for projects that evolve from, and advance, the spirit of the intermountain west.
The name Io has its roots in Greek mythology, and is representative of both agriculture and femininity. For us it also means innovative-organic; our simultaneous integration of place-based biophilic design and innovative approach to planning processes differentiates our practice.
We seek to ask the right questions first, working closely with stakeholders to understand their needs.
Our designs work with the nature, providing ecological services and important human-nature interaction.
We create places for people. Vibrant spaces where meaning evolves through experience.
Organic | Urban | Historic | Residential
Bioregional design with nature including green and open spaces, trails, parks, planting and restoration projects.
Designing for vibrant mixed-use downtowns and urban centers, including development planning, plazas, and streetscapes.
Celebrating our shared past through research, documentation, preservation, adaptive re-use, and historically sensitive design.
We create uniquely creative and ecologically sensitive spaces that celebrate life outdoors in the intermountain west!
Io uses a team approach, inviting talented individuals and smaller niche firms to participate on collaborative projects. Io acts as a design broker, seeking cutting-edge projects that require unique solutions, and pairing them with the right professional talent – both in-house staff and sub consultants - to meet project needs.
Revitalizing communities and making places one project at a time
The results of the Lester Park design competition have been announced, and the winner is… “Community Tapestry” by Io Design Collaborative’s own Shalae Larsen with team members Jake Alex McIntire and James Argo! Read more about it in today’s Standard Examiner! The competition was put on by the Utah Chapter of the American Institute of[…]
On Monday Io Landscape Architecture attended the ribbon cutting for South Salt Lake’s newest community facility. The celebration of a brand new Head Start Facility, located at the Central Park Community Center Campus. The event unveiled the new building to the community, but also featured the recently completed phase I landscape improvements for the[…]
This week marks another milestone in Ogden City’s bid to become the outdoor recreation capital of the West with the kickoff of the Ogden Business Exchange Project. Nicknamed “Trackline”, the project is a proposed industrial/business park that will serve as a hub of activity for bike, bike-related, and otherwise outdoor products companies. Over the past[…]
This article by Io principal Susan Crook was published in the June 2014 Union Vedette, the newsletter of the Fort Douglas Military Museum. Stilwell Field has played an essential role at Fort Douglas from the founding of the post on October 20, 1862 to the present stewardship of the Fort Douglas National Historic Landmark (NHL)[…]
With the warmer Spring weather comes back yard improvements! Io Landscape Architecture (IoLA) and Pristine Landscaping are making exciting progress on a historic residential landscape in Salt Lake City. The project began with master planning done by IoLA for the entire property in the Fall of 2012 and is finally close to completion a year[…]
Io Principal Susan Crook has added ISA Certified Arborist® to her credentials as a licensed landscape architect. She successfully completed the Certified Arborist examination administered through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and the ISA Utah Chapter / Utah Community Forest Council. Crook won’t be climbing trees with a chainsaw, but she will be consulting[…]
Congratulations to our very own Rachel Lingard for recently passing all 4 sections of the LARE, and receiving licensure in Landscape Architecture! Rachel has been with Io since spring 2012, and has grown into a capable designer and project manager. Rachel will be the third licensed Landscape Architect for IoLA. “When I was in school[…]
As a women-owned business (whose name is informed by Greek mythology), whose mission is to create sustainable, vibrant communities while mentoring the next generation of female landscape architects, Io Landscape Architecture is pleased to congratulate Shalae Larsen, Io Principal, on her nomination for the prestigious ATHENA Award. Inspired by the greek goddess Athena, the award[…]
Edmund Burke (1729-1797) famously said, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” George Santayana, (1863-1952) apparently did know history and repeated Burke’s quotation as “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) took exception. “We’re doomed to repeat the past no matter what. That’s what it[…]
I was lucky enough to be in Kailua-Kona supporting friends at the 2013 Ironman World Championships. Picture a lush tropical paradise bursting with exotic blooms. The operant word here is “exotic.” Vegetation on the Big Island of Hawaii was relatively sparse prior to the arrival of humans, especially in the Kona or dry district on[…]