Cultural Landscapes

A critical component of community revitalization involves identifying and preserving a community's unique historic resources, which create a sense of identity and character. While historic buildings are an important aspect of this, identifying AND planning for the preservation of entire historic and cultural landscapes is also critical. These spaces, such as historic districts, streetscapes, parks, plazas, and other contexts, play a vital role in:

Providing context to historic buildings

Defining neighborhoods and districts

Recognizing the cultural influences that worked to create place

Understanding defining landscape characteristics and their significance

Facilitating positive storytelling that provides a powerful connection to community

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Our Projects


Io LandArch is the foremost authority on historic landscape architecture in Utah.

CLR Specialists

Our team has completed or is in-progress on 3 of Salt Lake City's first Cultural Landscape Reports (CLR's) for Pioneer Park, Allen Park, and Block 407.

HALS Expertise

We have completed 5 of the 7 Historic American Landscapes Surveys (HALS) that have been recorded in the State of Utah

Design Guidelines

Our experience goes beyond documentation to actual preservation planning work. We wrote the Historic Design Standards for Logan Utah’s Center Street National Historic District.

Historically Sensitive Design

We provide Landscape Architecture for Historic/Cultural Landscape preservation, rehabilitation (adaptive re-use), recreation, and historically sensitive/contextual landscape additions.

What our clients are saying...

Sara Meess

IO LandArch has successfully provided a variety of services for Ogden City – from documenting historic landscapes to preparing the master plan for a major redevelopment project. IO created the design concept for the Ogden Business Exchange, a redevelopment project that is transforming a historic but vacant stockyard into a state-of-the-art business park. Io’s design weaves in the rich history of the site and its proximity to natural amenities to create a truly unique sense of place..

Sharen Hauri

Io has been a tremendous help to the City of South Salt Lake as they have worked over the years to help plan and design numerous city buildings and parks. We are grateful for this consistency and reliability as we complete many projects in phases. Io’s attention to detail and quality and willingness to listen to our needs ensures we are always happy with the end product.

Amy Jorgensen

I absolutely love working with Io! They are smart, insightful, and excellent at what they do. Their team is keenly attuned to the relationships between history, place and design - and work closely with clients to build a plan that is responsive and visionary. A pleasure to work with, Io brings the best work to the table, I give them my highest recommendation.

Venessa Castagnoli | Executive Director

Ogden Contemporary Arts were lucky enough to work with io Landarch on our outdoor sculpture park, PLATFORMS. Shalae was critical to pulling off this community project. She offered their services as an in-kind donation and even went as far as recommending volunteer options, as we are a nonprofit with limited funds. The outcome was astonishing. What was once a lot of overgrown weeds, chain-link, and trash, is now a welcoming park scattered with beautiful native plants and whimsical winding pathways. Ogden is lucky to have such a community-oriented landscape architecture firm in our community.

The Pingree Mansion

Io LandArch custom-designed my solar-carport. They even got approval from the historic landmark commission where I live (which would have been a headache to do on my own). It turned out beautifully. It’s as much work of art as it is carport and fit my budget. I’m very happy with the results and highly recommend them.

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