This central space features a railroad roundhouse inspired pergola, the articulation is inspired by the mid-century formalism of the adjacent library building.

Lester Park Moving Forward!

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[…]

Temple Square, probably Utah's most well known historic landscape.

Historic Landscapes Part I: What Are Historic Landscapes?

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[…]

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Hiring a Landscape Architect 101

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[…]

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The Wilbur Blacksmith

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[…]


Historic Residential Landscape

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 is ISA Certified Arborist

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[…]

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Io’s Newest Landscape Architect

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[…]

Inspiring Women

Io and Athena: Feminine Design and Leadership

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[…]

If Barns Could Talk

If Barns Could Talk A new book by Doug Mottonen Io Landscape Architecture congratulates Doug Mottonen on the release of his highly-anticipated book, If Barns Could Talk.  Io principal Susan Crook has been involved in raising awareness about Utah’s disappearing barns in recent years while on professional sabbatical working for Utah Heritage Foundation and then[…]

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Pioneer Craft House – Ribbon Cutting

The Historic Scott School Community Center & Pioneer Craft House, will be having a ribbon cutting ceremony to re-open the facility after the first phase of improvements (which are nearly completed).  Actually the hardscape is in, and the planting will have to wait until next spring.  But, the re-opening of the facility has been much[…]