May 30, 2018

Meet the OJB Team

Chase Weaver is a Designer in OJB's Boston office.

What inspired you to become a landscape architect? Like many other landscape architects, I stumbled into the profession by accident. I had completed an undergraduate degree in biology with a focus on plant science and ecology before I knew anything about the landscape architecture profession. After completing my biology degree, I realized I wanted to pursue a more creative career while utilizing my love for the natural sciences. I stumbled upon the profession of landscape architecture and found it to be a perfect blend of creativity and science. I returned to graduate school and completed a Master of Landscape Architecture degree and began my career as a landscape architect.

Who as an artist or landscape architect influenced your design and plant materials? There are many creative people that inspire me. However, there are several that I consistently gain inspiration from. Piet Oudolf’s planting designs always inspire me to be creative with plant material. He has a beautiful way of combining color, texture, structure, and layers when composing his planting designs. Linden Frederick is an artist that inspires me through his paintings of simple suburban landscapes that are full of emotion. His work reminds me that simple designs can still be effective to stir emotion and generate an unforgettable experience. Finally, the famous landscape photographer Ansel Adams greatly inspires my designs in the same way he composed his photographs. His photography plays special attention to form, light, and composition. These are some of the very same things that must be considered when designing landscape.

What is your focus when designing? What makes your work rewarding? My focus when designing is to create landscapes that invoke emotions through form, color, texture, light, planting material, etc. I find it very rewarding after working through dozens of design iterations to finally create something that feels balanced and elegant. I desire to design landscapes that people will use and enjoy.

Where do you go to feel inspired? I find natural landscapes to be most inspiring. I often let myself get lost in parks with my sketchbook and camera. My favorite place to get inspired is my childhood home in rural Pennsylvania. I’ll spend hours exploring the woods around my old home sketching and photographing plants and landscapes to use as inspiration later.

What has been your favorite OJB project to work on and why? I have worked on several projects that I really enjoyed, however there has been one that has allowed me to utilize my past education in plant science and ecology. I am currently working on a project to redesign a wharf in Dorchester Bay called Port Norfolk. A priority in our design considerations is to create a resilient edge along the site that addresses sea level rise and stormwater runoff. One approach we are taking is to create a salt marsh restoration that will serve as a buffer against storm surge compounded with rising sea levels as well as mitigate site runoff. I have been able to use my knowledge in plant science and ecology to influence the design of the salt marsh.