LAND DESIGN
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Practice

 

For over twenty years we have been dedicated to forming artful solutions out of complex problems in planning, urban design, and landscape architecture. Using a holistic lens combined with meticulous focus, we bring curiosity and expertise to create inviting outdoor spaces that stand the test of time.

Campus master plans, urban streetscapes, greenways, courtyards, roadways and parking respond to the specific challenges of each project with plans that are highly functional, sustainable, and engaging. Contextual designs grow out of the natural and cultural systems already in place to support community life and environmental regeneration.

Collaboration is an essential part of the way we work, whether as the prime consultant, lead for site design, or supporting team member. The Topio studio is efficient and versatile, drawing on outside resources as needed in order to meet the specific needs of each project and client.

Topio Land Design, LLC continues the landscape architecture practice founded by Joan Hyde, previously named Resource Design. We are certified as a City of Austin WBE and State of Texas HUB.

 

DESIGN SERVICES OFFERED

Master Planning

Site Planning

Urban Design

Landscape Architecture

Green Infrastructure & Low-Impact Development

Waterwise Landscapes

Streetscapes, Plazas & Courtyards

City of Austin Site Development permit documents for Tree Protection, Landscape Ordinance, Subchapter E Corridors & Innovative Water Quality

Parks, Greenways & Trails

Memorials & Memorial Gardens

Roadways & Parking

Accessibility Routes

Outdoor Amphitheaters

Sports Fields & Courts

Maps & Wayfinding

Site Lighting

Public Art advisement

 

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Registered landscape architect (Joan Hyde) in Texas #1740

City of Austin Woman-Owned Business Enterprise  (WBE)

State of Texas Historically Underutilized Business (HUB)

 

RECOGNITION & CIVIC SERVICE

St. Stephens Tennis Center, Austin, TX, Texas ASLA Merit Award in Design

Methuen Comprehensive School, Methuen, MA (Joan Hyde as Project landscape architect with CRJA)

Merit Award in Design, American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

New England Environmental Award, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Topfer Theatre at Zach Scott, Austin, TX  

US EPA, selected as 1 of 300 projects representing best practices in green infrastructure

Commercial Real Estate Award for Community Impact, Austin Business Journal

Texas Society of Architects & AIA Austin Design Award, to Andersson Wise Architects

Texas Engineering Excellence Award, Gold Medal Winner, to Encotech Engineers

South Congress Retaining Wall, Austin, TX,  “Best Public Work,” Austin Chronicle

2nd Street District Streetscape, Austin TX (local consultant to CWDG, Boston)

ULI Influence Award for having a lasting effect on the built environment

St. Stephens Temple Dining Hall & Booth Student Center, Austin TX

Texas Society of Architects Design Award and AIA Austin Design Award, to Andersson Wise Architects

Featured in Texas Architect magazine

St. Stephens Wycliff-Freeman Dormitory, Austin, TX

Eagle Excellence Award, Texas Association of Contractors to Rogers O’Brien

AIA Austin Design Award, to Andersson Wise Architects

“Lead With The Land,” article featuring final phase of St. Stephens Greenway and two-decade campus transformation based on land as organizing principle, Spartan Magazine

Texas Chapter ASLA Conference, Speaker, Using Rain Gardens and Site Design Techniques to Improve Water Quality, Reduce Runoff, and Increase Water Infiltration:  Two Austin Case Studies

Austin Design Commission, J. Hyde commissioner 2000 - 2009, vice chair 2007 - 2009

Project Review team for City Hall Plaza, Republic Square, Pfluger Bridge extension

Design Commission representative to Community Advisory Group for Pfluger Bridge extension, Republic Square, and Urban Waterfront at Cesar Chavez St.

Urban Open Space Committee, chair

Urban Open Space monograph, author

“Plazas & Open Spaces,” Chapter 7 of Downtown Austin Design Guidelines, co-author

 
 

The article linked here, from St. Stephen's Spartan Magazine, commemorates the completion of a 10-acre Campus Greenway and describes the campus transformation over two decades.

 

WHO WE ARE

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Joan Hyde, RLA, ASLA

Design & project lead

Joan Hyde founded the firm in 1993 in Austin with the intent of creating inviting open spaces that restore and integrate natural systems with human use. Before returning to her Texas roots, she worked as a senior landscape architect at CRJA in Boston and received her MLA degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources. Joan previously studied botany and art at Duke University and taught science, math and photography at an international school near Athens, Greece. 

 

The practice of landscape architecture unites interests in art and science, and taking the scenic route to the profession has offered a variety of experiences, influences, and opportunities to consider the universal urge people have to be outside and in nature.  Drawing inspiration from the spectacular beauty of the Greek islands — home to compact, vibrant villages folded into the topography — she works to create places where community lifestyle is an outgrowth of the landscape (or topío, in Greek) and where manmade and natural structures are seamlessly joined in a way that enhances both.

 
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Nicole Modi, ASLA

Project production & design

Masters in Landscape Architecture (MLA), University of Texas at Austin 2012

 
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Katharine Stowe

Studio operations, future landscape architect

 
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Austen Hyde

Communications & website, design support

 

We collaborate with clients, users, architects, engineers, contractors, landscape architects, artists, CAD operators, sustainability experts, public officials, budget minders, fabricators, maintenance personnel, and specialists in any discipline. 

CLIENTS AND COLLABORATORS

Alliance Transportation Group

Altura Solutions

American Constructors

Andersson∙Wise Architects

Arch Consulting Engineers

Architectural Engineering Collaborative

Bellows Forge

Benz Resource Group 

Binkley & Barfield Engineers

Bury & Partners

Camp Allen Camp & Conference Center

Camp Hardtner Camp & Conference Center

City of Austin: AIPP, Capital Improvement Projects, Parks & Recreation, Redevelopment Services, Watershed Protection

CDM Smith, Inc.

Copley Wolff Design Group

Danze & Blood Architects

Doucet & Associates Engineers

Epiphany Day School

Episcopal School of Acadiana

FD2S

Franklin Academy, East Hadaam, CT

Goliad County Courthouse

Kent McMillan, Land Surveyor

Groundsmasters Land Design

Key Group Irrigation

Mell Lawrence Architects

Pentagram

Reese Lighting Design

Rogers O’Brien

St. Edward’s University

St. Gabriel’s Catholic School

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School

STG Architects

Thompson Land Engineering

UTE Consultants 

Westshop Design

Zach Scott Theatre