Firm Profile

familiesLearning Landscapes is a sustainable landscapes design firm specializing in creating inspiring spaces for engaged learning and play. Young children learn primarily through play and tactile experience, as we get older we still remember best when multiple senses are involved. Our designs attract the young and the young atheart by allowing them to engage with the environment through tactile manipulation, direct observation, and first-hand experience. Many clients are looking for a new way to reach their audience. The standard playground equipment or interpretive sign is no longer meeting their needs. Our design work is never a cookie cutter approach. We achieve relevant and successful projects by listening and observing then responding with a design that fits the site, the client needs and those of the unique end user. In the end, we enjoy the work we do and it shows.

We are a certified emerging small business and women owned business.
 

Our Team

Michelle Mathis
Principal Designer 

MichelleMichelle Mathis is a landscape architect with fourteen years of experience managing projects that focus on sustainable places for learning, play, and recreation. She has been involved in a variety of projects from conceptual design through construction documents including parks, schools, and nature play areas. She has a Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on whole systems design for education, which she couples with her strong design sense to create spaces that are engaging and intrinsically support learning. Most recently Michelle has focused her design work on nature based play areas for parks, educational facilities, and schools.

Professional Licenses and Affiliations

  • Licensed Landscape Architect
  • Masters in Education
  • Certified Playground Safety Inspector – National Parks and Recreation Association
  • Licensed Emerging Small Business
  • Licensed Woman Owned Business
  • Founder and Member of Oregon Natural Play Initiative – Part of the Oregon Recreation and Parks Association
  • Steering Committee Member – National Wildlife Federation’s National Guidelines for Play and Learning