Madsen residence, 643 East 100 South, Salt Lake City.  24 May 1917

Historic Landscapes Part II: Utah’s Cultural & Historical Landscapes

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[…]

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[…]

The circulation plan for the park was based on an old diagram of the Ogden Railyards.

Io team wins AIA reVIVE design competition

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[…]


South Salt Lake Head Start Ribbon Cutting

  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[…]


Ogden Project Unites History, Nature, Industry, and Sport

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[…]


Stilwell’s Sentinel Trees Bear Witness

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)[…]


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[…]