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.
Green Infrastructure & Low-Impact Development
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
Sports Fields & Courts
Maps & Wayfinding
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.
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.
Nicole Modi, ASLA
Project production & design
Masters in Landscape Architecture (MLA), University of Texas at Austin 2012
Studio operations, future landscape architect
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
Arch Consulting Engineers
Architectural Engineering Collaborative
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
Franklin Academy, East Hadaam, CT
Goliad County Courthouse
Kent McMillan, Land Surveyor
Groundsmasters Land Design
Key Group Irrigation
Mell Lawrence Architects
Reese Lighting Design
St. Edward’s University
St. Gabriel’s Catholic School
St. Stephen’s Episcopal School
Thompson Land Engineering
Zach Scott Theatre