G design studio LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
G design studio is as a small, creative, collaborative design firm whose interests lie in the power of the landscape to create community, vibrant social settings, as well as the ability of landscapes to perform on an environmental level. Our work ranges from site design and master planning for mixed-use, institutional and residential projects, to work on historic sites.
Process is central to our work. We work closely with clients to understand program and project goals. We find inspiration through detailed and creative assessment of the project area and surrounding context including analysis of a site’s changing qualities, such as sun angle, seasons, wind, storm water patterns, plant associations, social uses, and site history. We are rigorous in our research of a project’s context. With an informed understanding of site come clear design strategies to create grounded, functional, and meaningful public and private spaces, regardless of project complexity and scale. Our design solutions not only emphasize the inherent qualities of site, but aspire to create spatial drama that adds to the generation of special, memorable, and enduring places.
The studio maintains a dynamic affiliation with a variety of distinguished architects, horticulturists, environmental consultants, and engineers and has a history of successfully addressing accessibility challenges and budgetary constraints. The studio has demonstrated a commitment to sustainable design, in its Principal being a LEED Accredited Professional and in creating numerous innovative, sustainable and LEED certified projects.
At G design studio, we strive to bring creative, individual solutions to each client, designing landscapes which create sense of place, purposefulness, and beauty.
Lisa Giersbach is a licensed landscape architect, a LEED-certified professional, and has been practicing landscape architecture since 1998. She comes to the practice with a background in art history and studio art. She received her BA in Art History at Grinnell College in Iowa and spent her early career working in Museum Education at the Cloisters Museum (Metropolitan Museum of Art) in New York City. It was there that, in walking to work each morning through the Olmsted-designed Fort Tryon Park, she discovered the discipline of landscape architecture – a discipline that brings together nature, art, and a focus on the way we shape our outdoor living spaces.
Lisa went on to receive her Master’s with Honors in Landscape Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. While at Harvard, she worked for the Boston Parks Department of Planning and also in the Studio of Mary Miss, a landscape artist.
Lisa spent fourteen years in practice at the firm of Richard Burck Associates, Inc. in Somerville, MA. As a Senior Associate with the firm, Lisa managed many of the firm’s major and award-winning projects. She founded G design studio to continue pursuing her love of art, ecology, constructed form, and teaching. Lisa teaches at the Landscape Institute at the Boston Architectural College, as well as in Northeastern University’s Urban Landscape Program.