ALA is a process-driven, landscape architecture and urban design firm committed to thoughtful, creative intervention at the intersection of environment, economics, art, and culture. ALA was founded on the notion that great design is a product of careful listening, inclusive decision-making, and unrelenting passion for enduring built spaces.
Our studio was founded in the high Rockies under the banner of the Aspen idea, a philosophy seeking to balance the pursuits of mind, body, and spirit at the confluence of nature and culture.
We believe landscape architecture lies at this nexus of the built form and the ephemeral qualities of an ever-changing environment. ALA’s team offers a unique set of skills and perspective, well-equipped to harmonize and reconcile the roles and value systems of varied design discplines. We integrate expertise and intuition to craft powerful places, built upon a commitment to resiliency and sustainability.
Our studio’s unsurpassed passion for craft and savvy resourcefulness affords us the ability to collaborate across broad geographic, socio-economic, and cultural horizons.
CAITLIN ACETO PLA ASLA
FOUNDING PARTNER | firstname.lastname@example.org
Caitlin is a licensed landscape architect in the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Colorado, who’s passion for design, art and sustainability began in Chicago and followed her to Colorado, and then Maine where she currently practices. Caitlin’s project experience ranges in scale from circulation and wayfinding design at Grand Canyon National Park, to security barrier conceptualization for the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, to detailed residential design. Caitlin is an active participant in the Portland design community where she is a member of the Architalx board, a participant on the Portland Society for Architecture Advocacy Committee and a member of the Maine ASLA Leadership Team.
NICK ACETO PLA
FOUNDING PARTNER | email@example.com
Nick is a licensed landscape architect and urbanist to the core, born and raised in Maine where rich coastal New England heritage meets unfettered wilderness. Nick’s approach to design stems from his hands-on construction experience coupled with a deep passion for design. Nick endeavors to approach each project through the lens of the vernacular while simultaneously testing the definition of the built landscape, community, and garden. Nick continues to expand his creative vocabulary through research, seminars, practice, and curiosity of art and science.
seth kimball PLA
PRINCIPAL | firstname.lastname@example.org
Seth has been practicing Landscape Architecture for over15 years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Seth’s project experiences includes serving as project manager/lead designer for a master plan for the new Al Guhair University in Dubai, the Al Ain Oasis Cultural Quarter Master Plan in Abu Dhabi, institutional experience including Phillips Andover Academy, Bates College, George Stevens Academy, and Southern New Hampshire University, and a range of residential project including homes in Texas, Idaho, Montana, New York, Arizona, and several throughout the northeast. Seth joined ALA in 2018, bringing to the practice his experience in civic, institutional, and residential projects.
LISA COWAN PLA SITES AP
PRINCIPAL, DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | email@example.com
Lisa is a Maine and Massachusetts-licensed Landscape Architect and an accredited Sustainable Sites Initiative SITES AP. Lisa’s design career began in the early 1980’s with NY, MA, RI and NH public park restorations and transportation enhancement projects. Lisa moved to Maine in the 1990’s and worked extensively in the ecological restoration field, which gives her a deep working knowledge of low impact and sustainable solutions for design and construction. Lisa was featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine (Aug 2015) for her work in ecological restoration and her continuing leadership in natural system-based design. Lisa is also a Principal at Studioverde, where she is focused on facilitating Sustainable SITES project certification. Lisa brings her experience to ALA to further ALA’s commitment to achieve sustainable and resilient project outcomes.
patrick beals ASLA
DESIGNER | firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick is a recent graduate from the Master's program of Landscape Architecture at RISD, and is excited to return to Maine and integrate into the design community. Patrick is interested in the interface of our social spaces, and the perception of it. His aim is to design this realm of perception through landscape architecture, where the intermingling of natural systems and social systems resides. Utilizing his background in mechanics, fine arts, and fields of architecture, Patrick's experience ranges from robotic telegraph between granite and humans, research in phytoremediation, to the renovation concept of the Maine Medical Center.