Charles Anderson is a landscape architect and fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, He is a Principal of the Phoenix-based landscape architecture firm, Charles Anderson Landscape Architecture, which is the continuation of his practice at the Seattle-based firm Charles Anderson Landscape Architecture. Anderson is recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects for combining nature, community needs, and art into his designs, emphasizing sustainability, indigenous plants, and urban ecology.

His firm has an extensive record of award-winning multi-disciplinary park projects including over 25 community-based projects within the Seattle metropolitan area. Many of CALA’s projects involve extensive public participation, including collaborations with community and neighborhood groups and public presentations. Recent neighborhood park projects include Roxhill Wetland and Bog Park in West Seattle and, the restoration of the 500 Area of Discovery Park, both of which received Merit Awards from the Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and improvements to Mineral Springs Park to enhance public access and use including a new art walk and gathering spaces.

Show Highlights

  • Charles shares tips for creating landscapes all around the world. 
  • The importance of ASLA, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and other trade organizations to propel your career. 
  • Everything you need to know about selecting native and adaptive plants.
  • The dangers to the industry and environment if you ignore the native plants for something that grows quicker.
  • Resource suggestions to figure out what is native in different regions to optimize the landscape.
  • Why we need to love weeds more.
  • The environmental landscape is an essential card in your lens.
  • Seeing buildings like mountains will help shape your design and create a natural system that benefits the earth.

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