As a Historic Home Restoration survivor, veteran community organizer, Landscape Architect/Architect, and Urban Designer, it has occurred to me numerous times over the past 2 decades just how much restoring a historic home is a microcosm of community revitalization.  Historic structures are an essential building block of successful community revitalization, but the parallels go much […]

As a women-owned business, 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 .  The award recognizes women who have achieved personal and professional success, and who are leaders […]

Io Landscape Architecture, in conjunction with Carbon Architects, hosted the first ever PARK(ing) Day in Ogden on September 20, 2013.   Watch the brief video below, where our Principal, Shalae Larsen outlines the project concepts and goals.  Special thanks to Johnson Media Corp. for putting this together.  Shalae also appeared in another featured video by Only in Ogden!   […]

Over the course of 20 years of professional and individual community engagement, we’ve been to a LOT of different types of public meetings.  The best ones are creative and fun with active involvement of participants.  They actually work to make a project better. The worst ones are boring, limit community feedback, or worse–collect feedback and […]

We’re proud to unveil our new logo!  The name Io stems from Greek mythology.  Io was a demi-goddess represented by a white heifer.  As a woman-founded design practice we deliberately chose the name based on its strong female archetype and also its agricultural symbolism.  We have both personal ties to small-scale community agriculture and a […]

The documentation and preservation of Historical Landscapes represents a relatively new and frequently misunderstood branch of the preservation movement.  Many historic landscapes are being lost before their significance is recognized.  Historic landscapes are important because often they provide context for historic buildings and structures. But historic landscapes can also exist without historic buildings, or can […]

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! The competition was put on by the Utah Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Young Architects’ Forum and Urban Design Committee.  […]

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