Firm Profile

OJB Landscape Architecture focuses on creating landscapes that transform perspectives, evoke emotional responses, and create unique and unforgettable sensory experiences. The firm's work imaginatively unifies the relationship between landscape and architecture, ensuring unique compositions satisfy the demands of both form and function. OJB’s thoughtfully composed projects have established the firm as a leader in its field and one who challenges the conventional boundaries of landscape architecture. With context and function always in mind, OJB’s design practice conceives original and inventive landscapes that mitigate site challenges with creative and innovative solutions.

The firm’s work has a strong emphasis on designing landscapes that promote healthy living. OJB believes landscapes have the power to heal and restore cities and their communities. Through the creation of fascinating and functional public spaces, OJB’s projects have restored connections between disparate neighborhoods and their residential, cultural, and business districts. Their imaginative designs and world-class programming efforts capture the hearts of all ages and show their commitment to the aesthetic and economic transformation of our cities.

Jim founded the Office of James Burnett in 1989 in Houston, Texas. By 2003, OJB opened a second office in San Diego, CA. The new location expanded OJB’s reach to the West Coast, and the firm quickly grew. OJB opened a Boston office in 2013 followed by an office in Dallas and Philadelphia in 2018 and now employs 86 professionals throughout the firm. OJB’s unique organizational structure allows team members from different offices to collaborate closely on projects nationally, facilitate knowledge sharing among staff, and the ability to provide a high level of professional services for clients.

OJB has received more than 90 design awards, including the American Society of Landscape Architect’s 2015 Firm Award, three Urban Open Space Awards from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) recognizing Levy Park in Houston, TX (2018), Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City, OK (2015) and Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, TX (2014), also winner of the ASLA 2017 Design Excellence Award.

James Burnett was the recipient of the 2016 ASLA Design Medal and OJB has also received three Honor Awards from ASLA for the artfully planted Sunnylands Center and Gardens in Rancho Mirage, CA, the Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University and for the Reid Residence in Houston.