We are a modern landscape and garden design studio located in Portland, OR. Our landscapes envelope NW Regional, Mid-Century Modern, Contemporary and Traditional homes. We often work within larger design teams and many of our landscapes are installed as part of extensive home restorations—we also work solo, with homeowners. We are passionate about architecture and creating connections between home and landscape and creating spaces that are meaningful and engaging.
As Principal Designer, Lauren Hall-Behrens leads all design projects. She is joined by Landscape Designer, Sheryl Eckrich as Project Lead and Designer Suzy Knutson. We have formed relationships with other design professionals whom we contract as needed on a project by project basis.
Lauren began studying her environment as a young, quiet child. Playing games of visual acuity and memory such as noting the fonts, color and graphics on business signs while riding past them, designing and re-arranging her elementary school principal’s office and drawing countless blueprints for her dream house. Lauren was fortunate to have a mother who exposed her to some of the best museums and galleries which became the framework for her visual education. Lauren’s grandmother exposed her to the plant world through trips to nurseries, her greenhouse full of semi-tropicals and travels to Mexico. After many years, a liberal arts degree studying psychology and art, work in sales and the trades, Lauren discovered the field of Landscape Design. Daunted by the task of learning Latin but passionate about plants and creating spaces that nurture and inspire people, she read every book, magazine and journal she laid her hands on. First she planted a vegetable garden, then enrolled in the Master Gardener Program, then the Landscape Design Certificate program at PCC. In 2001, she found a mentor with whom she apprenticed until she completed her Landscape Design Certificate in 2003. Lauren is a member of HPSO, ANLD, Portland Japanese Garden and PICA.
-Lauren Hall-Behrens | Owner/Principal
Sheryl received a BA from Portland State University where she studied international affairs, French, and art. After graduation she focused her energies on interior and exterior design, renovating five homes with her husband in Portland. The process of renovating structures had a natural evolution to the surrounding outdoor space, and through this, her interest in landscape design formed. Sheryl has complemented her real world training with courses in design, CAD, landscape construction, horticulture, landscape lighting, and irrigation. Sheryl has 12 years of experience in landscape design and construction, and loves helping people transform their gardens into beautiful places that work. She is a member of the ANLD, APLD, and the HPSO. Sheryl lives in NE Portland where she enjoys being active, gardening, and spending time with her family.
-Sheryl Eckrich | Designer