Firm Profile

OJB Landscape Architecture is a collective landscape and urban planning practice inspired to create beauty and find unexpected moments in the natural world. Founded in 1989 by James Burnett, FASLA in Houston and led today by Burnett and his partners in five offices across the country, OJB values the human condition and the importance of community. The work affirms the public realm as our shared responsibility and a place for discovery, engagement, and change.

Transforming public spaces is central to our mission. The work weaves together ecology and play, celebrates discovery and delight in the landscape, and allows people to connect to the natural world in new ways. Our evidence-based approach to design respects natural ecologies and is an active learning model that continually informs our work. We strive for dynamic community input and feedback, and to express the special genus of each place.

OJB has been recognized with nearly one hundred significant national and international awards for projects, including three ULI Open Space Awards, a global competition of the best public spaces. The firm is the 2020 recipient of the National Design Award for Landscape Architecture from Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum. OJB was awarded The Landscape Architecture Firm Award in 2015, the highest honor that the American Society of Landscape Architects may bestow on a landscape architecture firm. James Burnett, FASLA was awarded the Design Medal by the ASLA in 2016, its highest individual honor for exceptional work produced at a sustained level.

EXPERTISE

From campuses to workplaces, from the streetscape to the roofscape, we continually seek ways to bring landscape into the human realm. We know that well-being is intimately tied to our relationship with the natural world and we must balance access with performance. We are exploring the boundaries between architecture and landscape, infrastructure and beauty, to balance environmental performance with human interaction.

OJB is committed to the idea that parks, greenways and public open space are an essential civic infrastructure. We have transformed many North American cities by rethinking the aesthetic and economic underpinning of public spaces, including new park models in Dallas, Chicago, Toronto, San Diego, and Houston, among others. One of the most dramatic transformations taking place is the replanning of highways adjacent to city centers, and capping areas of roadways with new structured deck parks. New deck parks and other connective greenspace can transform how cities work by creating equitable access to green space for all. Most importantly, we have worked collaboratively with clients to create self-sustaining models, leveraging public-private partnerships to insure long-term economic viability

The performance of landscapes - environmentally, socially, economically, and materially - is integral to our process and essential to the success of open space. OJB’s project teams integrate the talents of in-house experts in program/economic development, continuing care, quality control, and environmental research to create well-rounded design recommendations that are focused on the long-term sustainability and success of public open space for the betterment of communities and the environment. We employ a continuous feedback loop, distributing improvements on best practices to facilitate a culture of learning and design innovation. We are committed to sharing knowledge with clients, partners, and project teams to balance approaches, drive change, and improve performance.