About Chip Trageser, FASLA
As a firm Partner, Chip oversees design and operations in Houston and has been a driving force in the firm’s practice and growth since joining OJB in 1997. Chip’s love for the outdoors drew him to landscape architecture – the idea of giving back to the community and creating spaces full of people that also connect them to nature. Over Chip’s 30+ year career, he has collaborated with a wide range of architects, developers, and foundations and is a best-in-class designer of urban parks, mixed-use developments, healthcare, academic, and corporate campus projects. His innovative designs creatively blend art and science to ensure they are beautiful and also function well.
Chip’s love of the landscape is evident in all his designs and is reinforced by the popularity and success of his projects. He is an advocate for community-driven design, and he has a great ability to connect with the perspectives of many users, translating their needs into spaces that create memorable impressions and transform their experiences. Through an explorative and collaborative design process, Chip’s designs always start with a thorough analysis and understanding of the site, allowing him to exploit opportunities and creatively overcome site limitations. He is passionate about creating user-oriented and healthy environments that effortlessly balance beauty and practicality, and become places that are inclusive and comfortable, enrich communities, encourage interaction, evoke an emotional connection to nature and entice users to return.
Chip has a keen focus on designing and building sustainable projects, whether it be economic, social, or ecological, and this focus is evident throughout his work. Projects like the award-winning Park at Lakeshore East in Chicago or Klyde Warren Park in Dallas have proven to stand the test of time. Chip’s commitment to in-depth investigations of each project site allows him to uncover the potential for every project. This guides his innovative and environmental design solutions, which protect the environment and keep everything in balance, ultimately making the world a better place, as is the case at CityPlace in Houston.
Chip has significantly contributed to the field of landscape architecture, and his projects have made a meaningful impact on how people interact with their environment. Chip has received many awards for his notable projects, including Levy Park, Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University, and CityCentre in Houston, and in 2015, Chip was elevated to Fellow at the American Society of Landscape Architects. He holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University serves on the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture’s Professional Advisory Board and the National ASLA Education committee. He is also active in the Houston design community and is a current member of the Rice Design Alliance. His talks on therapeutic and meaningful landscapes and gardens have informed students and professionals alike.