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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

We believe in creative teams because they are what drive innovation and constructively change the world.

That's why we lead and work within multidisciplinary design teams to envision holistic, elegant project ecosystems from which emerge robust actionable plans, fluid narratives, and constructed realities that maximize project efficiency and effectiveness. POOLE DESIGN's unique capability is combining artistic sensibilities and emphirical scholar/business professional approaches to act as the project choreographer:

• Synthesizing ideas from across disciplines into something entirely unique

• Catalyzing creativity by making idea development image-based, visceral, and personally engaging.

Together, these dual functions equip and fuel groups to create distinctive, superior solutions that inspire passion and committed follow-through.

Is is an approach that has resulted in happy clients and lauded projects spanning a range of award types: AIA, ASLA, Social Impact, Heritage Preservation, Revalization, Best Management, Laboratory of the Year, Environmental Quality, and LEED certifications as high as Platinum.

Kathy Poole, Founding Principal, leads every project, no matter the size, lending her project management, facilitation, and public speaking skills when they are (inevitably) required for projects in which the public is a stakeholder or is affected. Experience counts when mediating challenging opposition and finding common ground for moving a project forward. It is also important because being intrepid with design ideas, willing to put forward non-formulaic proposals and even to tell a client when he/she is, perhaps, not seeing the greater potential. At the same time, we are careful to be prudent, suggesting only what is politically and economically feasible. And above all, recognizing that it's the client's project and not ours.

The firm is passionate about design and devoted to excellence. Consequently, it is selective about projects, taking only what it can devote its full energies within necessary time frames, remain responsive to its colleagues and clients, and maintain the rigor and intensity that creative design demands.

POOLE DESIGN, Landscape Architecture • Urban Design • Ecological Infrastructure, is a full-service design firm, offering professional services at all stages of a project’s development, from programming, analysis, and master planning through construction documentation and administration. It has executed multi-disciplinary projects with construction budgets of up to $130 million with civil/landscape budgets of approximately $10 million. It has collaborated on, authored, and/or produced dozens of master plans, participated in approximately a dozen downtown design, management, and revitalization projects, and run public meetings that included hundreds of participants. The firm’s expertise areas include landscape design, community planning & design, ecological analysis, integrating natural systems with development, interpretive landscapes, and high performance infrastructure. Go to Services--in the tab bar--for a more complete list of the firm’s capabilities.

POOLE DESIGN is a licensed landscape architectural practice in Maryland and maintains general liability insurance of over $2 million. The home office is Baltimore, but most of the firm’s work has been elsewhere, across a range of ecosystems and project types.

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