Jamie founded Beechbrook Landscape Architecture after over twelve years in private practice. He graduated with top honors from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture with a Master’s in Landscape Architecture in 2002, and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies from the School of Natural Resources at the University of Vermont in 1996. Between degrees, Jamie spent time in Jackson, Wyoming working at the Jackson Hole Land Trust, Teton County Planning Department, and Biota Research & Consulting, an environmental consulting firm. He also interned previously with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Upon graduating from UVA, Jamie worked at Mohr & Seredin Landscape Architects in Maine, where he served as a designer and project manager for high-end residential estates and for several residential communities. He also served as designer and project manager for Southern Maine Community College’s Master Plan Update and for the Sugarloaf Resort Golf Clubhouse, and he assisted with the Colby Green project at Colby College. Residential projects included developing a master plan for a 100-acre private island with four existing historic houses and encumbered by a conservation easement, a landscape design around a residential complex on another 100-acre plus private island, and a landscape design for a new waterfront house on a thirty-acre plus property. All of the residential work involved the siting of buildings and roads in addition to the design of garden spaces.
After Mohr & Seredin, Jamie worked at Hord Coplan Macht in Baltimore and then at a small residential firm. He developed site plans for health care assisted living facilities, and served as designer and project manger for several mixed-use communities, including Village Greens in Annapolis, Elkridge Crossing in Elkridge, Maryland, and New East Baltimore north of Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore. He served as the lead designer and project manager on a wide variety of residential projects, and secured several institutional projects, notably Green Mount Cemetery, the Elkridge Club, the Star Spangled Banner Flag House Museum, the Irvine Nature Center, and St. Paul’s School, all of which he continues to be engaged with through Beechbrook. Jamie’s residential work included properties on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the piedmont regions of Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey. Project sizes ranged from 100-acre plus estates to urban gardens. Many projects were country estates and involved not only developing garden spaces and pools around existing or new homes, but also studying the larger property in regards to vehicular circulation and land stewardship strategies. At Beechbrook, Jamie continues to serve many of the residential clients that he worked for previously.
Throughout his career, Jamie has worked on multiple LEED Accredited projects, both residential and institutional.
Jamie’s background in science and land-use planning offer him a unique skill set within the field of landscape architecture and design. He is able to provide strong design skills along with the ability to comprehend the ecology and history of a property. The identification of existing plants and the study of existing landforms, soils, and hydrological patterns enables Jamie to read the land, and develop sound design solutions. He also studies a site’s larger context from an ecological and cultural point of view in order to help guide the planning and design process.
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