Urban Design + Landscape Architecture
The Meadows Art Plaza
The Meadows Art Plazaurban
E.O. Wattis House
E.O. Wattis Houseresidential
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
This is the Part II of a 5-part blog series about historic landscape preservation, you can read Part I here. Because the historical landscape is a direct result of our cultural history and historic interactions with the landscape, the periods of landscape history correlate with significant periods in any given region’s history. In this article we[…]
Last night we had the opportunity to present our winning design for the Lester Park reVIVE competition, entitled “Community Tapestry” to the Ogden City Council! Here is a link to our presentation: 170502Community Tapestry web Last summer Io collaborated with Union Creative Agency and Industrial Art and Design to envision a place-based, innovative, and culturally inclusive park for the[…]
The documentation and preservation of Historical Landscapes represents a relatively new and frequently misunderstood branch of the preservation movement, especially in Utah. Many historic landscapes are being lost before their significance is recognized. The preservation of historic landscapes is important because they provide the setting for historic buildings and structures, and the context for historic[…]
Are you interested in hiring a Landscape Architect to design your landscape or garden, but not sure where to start or what to expect in terms of product and fee? Most of our typical residential design projects can be broken down into the following phases: INVENTORY/ANALYSIS – Io takes measurements of your property (or coordinates[…]
The Wilbur Blacksmith has been accepted in the National Register of Historic places. This is exciting news as it’s the first listing in Eden, Utah! The Wilbur Blacksmith Shop, built in 1898, has been meticulously restored recently and is in nearly original condition. The building is both historically and architecturally significant. With a period of[…]
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[…]