Craig Richmond Landscape Architects specializes in sustainable landscape design for commercial, institutional, residential, and civic clients in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. Our goal is to provide plans which are beautiful to look at and functional to the user. We take pride in working with our clients to understand their project needs.
The principal landscape architect has designed many public and private projects, including streetscapes, university campuses, high schools, commercial buildings, parks, apartments, and single-family residences. We approach all our projects with open minds and a spirit of collaboration.
Meet the Landscape Architect
Craig Richmond, RLA, ASLA
As a Principal, Craig is responsible for all phases of a project through its life cycle, from the earliest planning and programming through the final construction.
Education: the University of Texas at Arlington, BSLA
Registration: Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC
Preparation of Construction Documents (Demolition Plans, Alignment, and Material Plans, Grading and Drainage Plans, Lighting Plans, and Specifications)
Planting Plans using native and non-native plant material
Successful permitting applications with various State and Local entities
Proficient in the use of various software programs (AutoCAD 2021, Adobe Suite, Sketch-Up, Microsoft Suite)
Hand drawing ability (Sketches and Rendering using an assortment of media)
Able to efficiently take a project from concept through construction
IQ Landscape Architects, Project Manager/Office Manager, New York, NY
Retnauer Design Associates, Project Manager, St. James, NY
Diversified Technology Consultants, Project Manager, North Haven, CT
Landplan Engineering, Project Manager, Lawrence, KS
The Outside In, Project Landscape Architect, Cleveland, OH
American Society of Landscape Architects - Member
The Cultural Landscape Foundation - Member
Our Design Process
CONSULTATION WITH CRAIG RICHMOND, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Typically, after our initial phone call and after we have mutually agreed to move to the next phase in the process, we schedule an on-site consultation. We aim to understand your lifestyle, desires, style, dreams, and goals by asking specific questions. We also want to know about your current challenges on your property.
During the on-site consultation, we like to discuss the project scope, timeline, and budget and assess achievability. We discuss ideas and directions for your project. Then, we'll provide you with a summary of what you can expect during the design process.
DESIGN FEE PROPOSAL
We will prepare a detailed Design Fee Proposal/Agreement for your review. This document details the scope of work for the complete project, our design intent and goals, the design fee, the payment terms, the estimated timeline, and the terms and conditions.
After the proposal is approved and the initial payment is received, we will contact you to give you a date for the site reconnaissance. During the site reconnaissance, measurements, spot elevations, and photo documentation occur.
During the site reconnaissance, measurements, spot elevations, and photo documentation occur. We carefully assess and document the existing conditions and take accurate measurements and many photographs so we can later refer to them during the design process.
SITE ANALYSIS AND CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT
In this phase, we review current codes and restrictions with the client where applicable. We then prepare a site base map in AutoCAD based on site reconnaissance and survey information provided by the client. Finally, the base map shows existing conditions as an underlay for the concept and construction drawings.
A land survey in AutoCAD format prepared by a licensed land surveyor is mandatory for significant landscape improvements.
Landscape concept drawings are a series of hand-drawn sketches based on information gathered during the informational interview. Ultimately, we suggest two or three concepts to study the design possibilities with the client.
The landscape concept drawings are color drawings that include layout hardscape materials, trees, and plant masses overlaid onto the base map. In addition, 3-D computer modeling and graphic montages are used as supportive design tools if needed to communicate design intent.
Once the landscape concept is approved, we can begin design development drawings, discuss material selections, and visit nurseries. Stone yards are great for seeing hardscape examples.
During the design development phase, we begin to study the project in more detail. Critical dimensions and material labels are drawn onto plans. The final construction drawings' format is starting to take shape now. In addition, 3-D computer modeling and graphic montages are used as supportive design tools if needed to communicate design intent.
CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS AND PERMIT DRAWINGS
Construction documents are technical drawings and specifications for submission to local planning, reviewing authority approval, and construction permits. They're also used to communicate the landscape architect's design intent to the landscape contractor in the field. Our construction document set consists of some or all of the following sheets:
GAR Plan (Green Area Ratio Plan)
Tree Conservation Plan
Alignment and Material Plan
Grading and Drainage Plan
Planting and Lighting Plan
Site Construction Details
Construction Specification Manual
Following acceptance of the construction drawings and specifications, we prepare Final Bid Documents and a comparative bid sheet if the client chooses. For private clients, we typically send out a request for proposals to three contractors in each specialty.
If necessary, we will make changes to drawings and specifications and provide pricing options to get within budgets without sacrificing the overall design. Sudden changes in material cost and availability may cause the need for adjustments.
We will then work with the client to select the final contractor(s) for the landscape construction project.
We like to conduct a Kick-off Meeting with the client and contractor at the start of construction. In addition, site visits are conducted to answer client and contractor questions as they arise during construction.
It's essential to keep the client informed about the progress and quality of the work and report any deviations from the contract requirements. In addition, reviewing the contractor's construction schedule and completion dates to aid in meeting project deadlines.
If the client desires, we will assist the contractor in material selections and field tag trees and shrubs for the project at local nurseries.
Toward the end of the project, we will develop a final checklist with the client and review it with contractors.
When the final checklist items are complete, the landscape architect will sign off on the checklist of completed tasks and authorize final or partial payment.
Visit our On-Site page to see landscape projects being built.
LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE PLAN
We can develop a landscape maintenance program tailored to the project if the client desires.