I used to have a t-shirt that had the phrase “Plays Well With Others” written across the front. I always liked wearing it as it always resulted in smiles, and was a small way of letting others know I was approachable and willing to engage in conversation. Reflecting on my decision to move my family to Dallas and lead efforts to develop a LandDesign presence there, I realize how much this mantra has stayed with me, and how it truly is a reflection of how LandDesign approaches our relationships with our clients and collaborators, as well.
A recent example of this was my attendance at the AIA (American Institute of Architects) 2015 National Convention in Atlanta. Although this conference is targeted to Architects, some of our best work is in collaboration with a number of architecture firms from across the country. I valued the opportunity as a Landscape Architect to attend and meet the AIA professionals and learn about the topics of interest to them. I was impressed by the comradery amongst friends, even those at competing firms, and was surprised to learn how many of the topics resonated with me and our body of work. It was a great reminder of why it is important for us to continue to step outside of our own walls and stay in tune with others.
We understand that creating places that matter is about more than just my part, your part, the architect’s part, the structural part, etc... It is about understanding that our work demands collaboration, cohesiveness, and a unified effort to develop an award winning development for our clients and for the betterment of our communities. This is why it is important to know what other firms and organizations within our communities are doing, and to play well with others who are willing to engage in thoughtful dialogue for the greater good.