WHAT WE DO

We collaborate with City officials, architects, and engineers to create landscapes informed by principles of sustainability and activated through movement, light, and time.

URBAN PARK DESIGN

MASTER PLANNING

PUBLIC SPACE DESIGN

We are passionate about urban parks and the democratic ideals they embody. We are based in New York City for the daily opportunities to continue to live in, learn from, and be inspired by masterpieces of the urban landscape.

Our firm is internationally recognized for our award-winning Master Plans. We believe strongly in the creative, economic, and logistical benefits in establishing an appropriate and inspiring vision at the earliest stages of a project.

Connecting public spaces to their context and ensuring that these spaces have the durability and cultural resonance to maintain relevance, usefulness, and beauty informs our design process.

PUBLIC PROCESS FACILITATION

GRAPHIC DESIGN & COMMUNICATION

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Understanding and responding to a community’s needs, desires, and concerns are critical aspects of producing the right design for the right place. Our public process facilitation qualifications include experience with some of the most high-profile, complex, and contentious urban landscape projects in the world.

Our office is fluent in the most cutting edge digital graphic and design communication software and techniques. This capability, coupled with the flexibility and responsiveness of our size gives us the unique capacity to easily custom tailor our working methods, production, and content to each individual client and project.

Our experience with fund raising, public process, graphic design, and digital and social media makes us highly effective partners. We believe that for each project to reach its potential, community outreach techniques and strategies must be custom designed for their particular political, physical, and economic circumstances.

GARDEN DESIGN

PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT

PROJECT ADMINISTRATION

We enjoy working with home owners and architects in creating beautiful and intimately scaled contemporary garden projects with innovative design solutions that grow naturally from physical circumstances.

We assist private developers in helping to shape a vision for their outdoor spaces. We understand the importance of economic resourcefulness, maintaining project schedules, and productive collaboration between team members.

Our commitment to design excellence is supported by over 50 years of combined experience in project administration, budgetary management, and construction implementation. We have the skill, knowledge, and experience to bring beautifully constructed and detailed projects on-time and on-budget.

WITH ALL OF OUR PROJECTS WE ARE COMMITTED TO REALIZING DESIGN WORK OF THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE QUALITY THROUGH THE GOALS AND ASPIRATIONS OF OUR CLIENTS.

COUNTS STUDIO

We approach landscape and urban design as a science-based fine art capable of enhancing the daily lives of people in cities and improving the ecological health of our natural environment.

Our site designs, driven by the aspirations of our clients, context, and our unique design process,  shape culturally expressive, spatially rich, and ecologically sound outdoor rooms for living.

 A DESIGN OFFICE COMMITTED TO THE INNOVATIVE DESIGN OF MASTER PLANS, PARKS, PLAZAS AND GARDENS.

PROJECTS

OUR collaborative DESIGN PROCESS EMPHASIZES CLIENT COMMUNICATION and  three-dimensional investigations.

Our design work is conceived of as a three-dimensional, on the ground, bodily experience understood through movement and time. Our primary mode of design inquiry is a hybrid process model representing architectural space; all of our graphic design, digital renderings, drawings, and digital and physical models are made by Counts Studio in our Brooklyn office. Models are used throughout our design process to test ideas, communicate designs to clients and consultants, and maintain focus on the spatial and experiential consequences of our creative work.

LEADERSHIP

OUR STAFF IS COMPRISED OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS AND URBAN DESIGNERS PASSIONATE ABOUT THE CREATION OF INSPIRING OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENTS.

With over 50 years of combined project experience in the design and construction of complex, high-profile urban projects as well as private gardens and outdoor installations, our office believes in a strong commitment to delivering award-winning design quality.

 

CHRISTOPHER COUNTS

 

Christopher brings almost 20 years of award-winning design leadership and experience to all of our projects. He is former Senior Associate at MVVA, a Stuckeman Professor of Design, a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award Nominee. Christopher received his BLA from the University Of Georgia School Of Environmental Design and his MLA from Harvard University.

 

MARIA DEBIJE COUNTS

 

Maria is involved of all aspects of the management, project administration, and business development of the firm. She brings a wealth of passion, talent, and enthusiasm to our projects. Maria is an adjunct professor, published author, and an award-winning designer.

Maria received her BSLA from Cornell University and her MLA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

 

BRYAN CANTWELL

 

Bryan leads design development, contract documentation, and construction implementation efforts at Counts Studio. His innovative approach to landscape technology, material expression, and construction implementation are an invaluable part of the firms collaborative design work. Bryan received his BLA from Oklahoma State University.

 

S. MICHAEL CALLAHAN

 

Michael's deep knowledge of planting design, adaptive ecologies, and principles of sustainability underpin his contributions. He is responsible for ensuring the highest level of ecological performance, environmental management, and project constructability possible. Michael received his BLA from the University of Georgia School of Environmental Design and his MLA from Iowa State University.

IN THE NEWS

337 Garden Construction Photo Maria Debije Counts Featured in Representing Landscapes : Digital Edited by Nadia Amoroso with Foreword by James Corner
Christopher Counts is Nominated for Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museums National Design Award
Christopher Counts Gives Lecture at University of Georgia College of Environment + Design Landscape Architecture
Counts Studio is Featured in the Rosa Barba International Biennial of Landscape Architecture in Barcelon, Spain for Moore Square
Christopher Counts is Invited Speaker at the National American Society of Landscape Architects Conference in Denver, Colorado 2014

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