July 12, 2018

Meet the OJB Team

Justin Seale is a Project Designer in OJB's Houston office.

What inspired you to become a landscape architect? I have always had a love and appreciation for nature, which drove me to want to spend time outdoors and interact with the natural environment. That passion influenced my decision to pursue Landscape Architecture and has allowed me to directly influence the built environment and introduce natural systems into an urban setting. It presents a lofty responsibility knowing that the work I do has a direct impact on the end-user and that can be either positive or negative. 

Who as an artist or landscape architect influenced your design and plant materials?  I have been fortunate in my short career to work with very gifted artists and designers. My experience working with these talented individuals has been the biggest influence on how I practice Landscape Architecture. Outside of people that I have worked with though, I find the works of Dan Kiley and similar designers to be very influential. The way that Kiley so proficiently designed landscapes that are an architectural supplement to nature has been an influence on how I view the relationship between buildings, the built environment and  nature.

What is your focus when designing? What makes your work rewarding? My main focus while designing is the End User. Understanding the role that the environment, both natural and designed, has on the day-to-day lives of people is extremely impactful, and knowing that you played a role in how a space positively effects someone is very rewarding.

Where do you go to feel inspired?  Outside. Whether that is through hiking in the woods or walking through the city, being outside helps me to clear my head and allows me to draw inspiration from my surroundings. My wife, Leah, and I have traveled to the Rocky Mountain National Park multiple times and we love it there.  Every time I go I feel like my batteries have been fully recharged and I am ready to get back to work.

What has been your favorite OJB project to work on and why? The Springwoods Village mixed-use development in Spring, TX. Since joining the OJB team I have had the opportunity to help document some of the projects that are currently being constructed there and I am now in a position where I am managing and helping to manage the construction process of several of the Springwoods projects.  It is really something special to witness and be a part of these projects as they take shape and come to life in a real way that will impact a lot of people. Specifically, working on the Upper and Lower Plazas that will become the centerpiece of the development as a whole has been a great experience, and I can’t wait to see them completed and in use.