150 Charles Street
Camphill Ghent Elder Care Initiative
Canal Street Penthouse
Center For Discovery Health Campus
Center For Discovery Masterplan
Center for Science, Health, and Wellness
Danbury Hospital NICU Roof Garden
Earthplace – The Nature Discovery Center
Elementary, Middle, and High School
Elizabeth & Nona Evans Restorative Garden
Flight 93 Memorial Competition
Greenwich Village Penthouse
Joel Schnaper Memorial Garden
Life Enrichment Center
Monter Cancer Center
Natural Science Center Courtyard
New Parliament House
NYC Aids Memorial Competition
Park Avenue Penthouse
Rockefeller Center Channel Gardens
Science and Technology Center
Simons Center for Geometry and Physics
South Ellicott Student Housing
Three Rivers Community College
University of Sacramento Masterplan
University of Virginia Health System
Walter Reed Healing Woodlands
We are pleased to announce that David Kamp, FASLA, LF, NA was invited to participate at The Summit on Creative Aging in America: A Pre-Conference to the 2015 White House Conference on Aging on May 18, 2015.
The Summit will bring together practitioners, policymakers, and researchers from the field to contribute to the larger White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA) which is tentatively scheduled for late July 2015.
David will participate in the Age-Friendly Community Design track, which will focus on policy recommendations that promote well-designed and built environments for aging populations. Topics will include concerns for overall community design (walkability, transit, access to green space and community resources) and for different housing typologies (single family, urban mixed use, and retirement facilities).
We will keep you posted on the key take-aways from the conference as soon as we can.
New York, NY – February 9, 2015 – The Buffalo School is pleased to announce an exciting lineup of lectures and exhibitions for its Spring 2015 series of public events. David Kamp, FASLA, LF, NA and Principal of Dirtworks, PC will lecture on “Nature and Human Nature” on March 25, 2015. Read more
David Kamp, FASLA, LF, NA will speak on the use of universal design concepts in the creation of the Elizabeth & Nona Evans Restorative Garden at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Designed by Dirtworks, PC in collaboration with the Botanical Garden staff, the garden is an exemplary reflection of the landscape architectural firm’s philosophy “to provide opportunity for everyone to connect with nature on their own terms in their own way and at their own pace, regardless of their capabilities, a setting that expresses the restorative powers of nature.” To register for the event, click here
The Loeb Fellowship Alumni Council Grant Committee has announced its 2014 grant award. Lead by Loeb Fellow David Kamp, the winning proposal will examine sustainable forms of development in the Buffalo Niagara Region.
Rebecca Cook, Landscape Designer received the 2015 Student Merit Award in the Analysis and Planning from the American Society of Landscape Architects New Jersey (NJASLA). Rebecca’s water sustainability masterplan, “Re-Envisioning Campus: Master Planning for Students by Students” explored how designing with water could transform Rutgers University campus into a beautiful and functional living laboratory. Read more
David Kamp, together with Andrew Jarvis of EwingCole, will share successful strategies for justifying the value of natural environments within densely developed healthcare settings at the 2014 HC Conference. Read more
Dirtworks, PC, was awarded the Silver Award from the 2014 International Association for Universal Design (IAUD) for the Evans Restorative Garden in Cleveland, Ohio. Dirtworks, based in New York, is the only American recipient of this prestigious international award; the announcement was made at the IAUD International Conference in Tokyo in November, 2014. Read more
David Kamp will be presenting with Kathy Sillard, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Stamford Hospital and Tushar Gupta, Principal at WHR Architects on the core components of the Planetree model and how they can be incorporated into the design of a patient-centered environment such as Stamford Hospital at the 2014 HC Conference. Read more
Dirtworks, PC, was awarded the 2014 Honor Award for Excellence in Landscape Architecture-General Design from the Society for College & University Planners (SCUP) for Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook University/The State University of New York. Read more
Dirtworks received the 2013 Silver Award for Camphill Ghent Elder Care Initiative and the 2013 Bronze Award for Estelle’s Garden, a NICU Rooftop Garden at Danbury Hospital. Read more
David Kamp, recognized for service to the community, receives The New York State Assembly Certificate of Merit. Read more
Opening remarks by David Kamp, FASLA, LF, NA at the opening of the Therapeutic Garden at Hearthstone Alzheimer Care, in Palisades, NY. Read more
Practice Greenhealth Magazine (June / July 2013) features the Joel Schnaper Memorial Garden. The article, written by David Kamp focuses on the resiliency, flexibility and evolution of an 18-year old restorative garden.Read more
David Kamp’s significant contribution on site design is included in “Building Type Basics for Senior Living” (2nd edition) by Bradford Perkins FAIA and J. David Hoglund FAIA. This comprehensive textbook, published by Wiley, is now available in stores and online. Read more
“The future of healthy communities: Humanism in our designed environments” by David Kamp, FASLA, LF, NA, focuses on a salutogenic approach to landscape design which can help bridge the gap between creating sustainable environments, and making community resources that improve individual health and wellbeing. The article, featured in the April 2013 issue of World Health Design Magazine, is available for download here.
150 Charles Street in the West Village was featured in the March 27, 2013 issue of Real Estate Weekly. Dirtworks PC was mentioned in the article as landscape architect for the project. The article is available for download here.
Dirtworks, PC, was awarded the 2013 Honor Award given by the American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter (NYASLA) for Camphill Ghent Elder Care Initiative. Read more.
The presentation, “An Expanding Horizon – Gardens for Everyone,” will explore and discuss the challenge of how to accommodate special needs populations. Read more.
Healthcare Design Magazine (Nov 2012) features Stamford Hospital and focuses on its positive impact on the surrounding communities. Read more.
David will speak on “Designing for Those with Special Needs” at The Hort on 148 West 37th Street, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10018-6909 on October 15, 2012. Read more.
Dirtworks, PC, was awarded the 2012 Honor Award given by the American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter (NYASLA) for the Life Enrichment Center. Read more.
David Kamp explains in the decade since Flight 93 crash-landed in Pennsylvania’s Somerset County, how locals have created a living memorial that acts as a healing thread, stitching the community back together. The article, featured in the October 2011 issue of World Health Design Magazine, is available for download Here.
Dirtworks Landscape Architecture, PC was founded on the belief that excellence in design can heighten life’s experiences, honoring both the site and the individual to offer opportunities to connect to the larger world.
Our practice is dedicated to enhancing the essential human quality of identity by creating spaces that bridge differences in age, ability, and culture through shared experiences. Design solutions that emphasize a close connection to nature we believe are essential to the health and well-being of ourselves and our communities.
One of the strengths of the firm is its ability to balance institutional needs with individual needs, distilling complex programmatic and natural systems with individual experience. Since 1995, Dirtworks has sought projects that explore how design can improve the human condition. Grounded initially in the enhancement of personal health, and often designing for individuals with complex medical needs, our work has expanded over the years to encompass an ever-larger conception of health, including community and environmental health. We believe these form a continuum that must be approached holistically.
This integrated approach to design is best practiced on collaboration. Strengthening the firm’s creativity is our broad organizational base, allowing us to work closely with our clients so that we may respond to diverse needs and challenging sites. Regional national and international specialists, are often enlisted to aid us to both articulate and solve today’s specialized problems so that our designs are appropriately dynamic, cost effective, and engaging.
David Kamp, the founding principal of Dirtworks Landscape Architecture, PC, has over 30 years’ experience in the private and public sector. Prior to forming his own firm Mr. Kamp participated in large-scale site development, including involvement in the design of Australia’s New Parliament House and a variety of projects throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.
Selected as a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Mr. Kamp began a year of self directed research and study covering a range of factors, including ergonomics, medical ethics and research advancing the effectiveness of nature and gardens to influence health care environments. As an artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony, America’s oldest and most prestigious artist colony, Mr. Kamp confirmed his exploration with the development of a series of prototypical gardens serving a range of individuals with special needs.
Mr. Kamp is a guest lecturer at numerous universities and conferences across the United States and Europe, and currently he teaches at University of Virginia (where he is an alumnus). Mr. Kamp was a contributor on the committee that developed the Green Guide for Healthcare Version 2.0 Pilot, a best practices guide for evaluating health and sustainability for the healthcare industry. Mr. Kamp was featured in Recreating Eden, a documentary series exploring the role of gardens in the lives of people. A second television documentary, GardenStory, was broadcast on PBS featuring engaging examples of the power of restorative gardens to support health, well-being and assuage grief.
Most recently, University College Falmouth (UK) awarded Mr. Kamp an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his contributions to the landscape architecture profession. Mr. Kamp has been elected as a National Academician of the National Academy, a professional artist association in America modeled on The Royal Academy of London. He joins an illustrious group of America’s most influential artists and architects of the past two hundred years.
Mr. Walezak’s extensive landscape architecture background contributes to the multi-disciplinary talents of Dirtworks, PC. He is an integral part of the design and management team from program development and schematic design, through design development, construction drawings, specifications, cost estimating and construction oversight.
Jonathan has experience preparing large bid proposals and related documentation, including permit applications from various government agencies. He is an active volunteer with the South Plainfield Environmental Commission and Sustainable Jersey, and contributing writer for the NJASLA newsletter and other local publications.
Prior to joining Dirtworks PC, Mr. Walezak worked on an array of diverse project types, including a public park on the Hudson River in Hoboken, which was an ongoing effort to provide recreational open space at the water’s edge. The park primarily serves as an outdoor classroom and play space for the public and nearby schools.
Ms. Cook’s passion is design interventions that accommodate water in urban landscapes. As a landscape designer for the HUD-Sandy Fund Recovery Team, Rebecca was part of a research initiative exploring design solutions relative to the effects of climate change and the climate’s relationship to the landscape, to improve overall community resiliency while increasing public access to open space.
A recent graduate of Rutgers University, Rebecca was recognized as a 2014 University Olmsted Scholar. Her undergraduate work on “Planting Design for Green Infrastructure” received the 2014 New Jersey American Society of Landscape Architects Student Honor Award. This year, the NJASLA awarded Rebecca the Student Merit Award (Analysis and Planning) for “Re-Envisioning Campus: Master Planning for Students by Students”. The research focused on how sustainable water systems and green infrastructure can inform the Rutgers University master plan.
Ms. McKellin brings a particular level of expertise in planning, design and in the preparation of plans, details and cost estimates to support client needs and business objectives. Sara has an in depth knowledge of developing practical solutions to technical problems for a wide variety of clients, from upscale residential, institutional, to public housing projects in
Ms. McKellin has a long-standing interest in ecology and has been an advocate of local conservation programs, especially within urban contexts. She has worked on several city housing projects and streetscapes in Lehigh County, PA. Sara has utilized community input to create and design solutions to fill urban voids, create civic spaces, enhance safety along streets and through neighborhoods, making each neighborhood different and memorable through materials, design, and plants.
- 2014, Silver Award, International Award for Universal Design, Elizabeth & Nona Evans Restorative Garden, Cleveland Botanical Garden
- 2014, SCUP Honor Award for Excellence in Landscape Architecture, Simons Center for Geometry and Physics
- 2013, Silver Award, Landscape Architecture for Healthcare Environments, Camphill Ghent
- 2013, Bronze Award, Landscape Architecture for Healthcare Environments, Estelle’s Garden at Danbury Hospital
- 2013, Merit Award, American Institute of Architects Design for Aging Review, Camphill Ghent
- 2013, Citation of Merit, Environments for Aging, Camphill Ghent
- 2013, Honor Award, ASLA-NY, Camphill Ghent
- 2012, Honor Award, ASLA-NY, Life Enrichment Center
- 2011, Honor Award in Campus Planning, Boston Society of Landscape Architects, Science Center Courtyard at Keene State College
- 2008, Honor Award in Residential Design, ASLA, Beach House
- 2008, Merit Award in Residential Design, ASLA-NY, Greenwich Penthouse
- 2008, Design Award Citation, Design Environment for Aging, Life Enrichment Center
- 2008, Design Award Citation, Boston Society of Architects, Science Center Courtyard at Keene State College
- 2008, Design Award Citation, American Association of School Administrators, Science Center Courtyard at Keene State College
- 2008, Design Commendation, British Holistic Medical Association (UK), Cleveland Botanical Garden
- 2007, Citation, FacilityCare Who’s Who Among Healthcare Facilities Management Professionals, David Kamp
- 2007, Honor Award for Excellence in Landscape Architecture, Society of Colleges & University Planners / American Institute of Architects, Science Center Courtyard at Keene State College
- 2007, Honor Award, ASLA-NY, Science Center Courtyard at Keene State College
- 2007, Honorable Mention, Modern Healthcare Magazine, Center for Advanced Medicine, Monter Cancer Center
- 2007, Merit Award in Residential Design, ASLA-NY, Beach House
- 2006, Honor Award in General Design, ASLA, Elizabeth & Nona Evans Restorative Garden, Cleveland Botanical Garden
- 2006, Honor Award, ASLA-NY, Elizabeth & Nona Evans Restorative Garden, Cleveland Botanical Garden
- 2006, Honor Award, AIA New Hampshire Excellence in Architecture, Science Center Courtyard at Keene State College
- 2006, Honor Award, American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) Therapeutic Garden Design, Elizabeth & Nona Evans Restorative Garden, Cleveland Botanical Garden
- 2006, Merit Award in General Design, ASLA Ohio Chapter, Elizabeth & Nona Evans Restorative Garden, Cleveland Botanical Garden
- 2004, American Graphic Design Award, Graphic Design USA, Earthplace Nature Center Trail Signage System with ACME Communications
- 1995, Honor Award, AHTA Therapeutic Garden Design, Joel Schnaper Memorial Garden at Terence Cardinal Cooke Hospital
- 1995, Philip Winslow Landscape Design Award, Parks Council, Joel Schnaper Memorial Garden at Terence Cardinal Cooke Hospital
- 1995, Merit Award in General Design, ASLA, Joel Schnaper Memorial Garden at Terence Cardinal Cooke Hospital
- 2013, New York State Assembly Certificate of Merit, Therapeutic Garden at Hearthstone Alzheimer Residence
- 2010, Mary White Commitment Award, Joel Schnaper Memorial Garden at Terence Cardinal Cooke Hospital
- 2008, Construction Communications Community Service Plaque of Honor, Center for Advanced Medicine, Monter Cancer Center
- 2003, William E. Simon Award, Joel Schnaper Memorial Garden at Terence Cardinal Cooke Hospital
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315 West 39th Street, Studio 910
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Dirtworks Landscape Architecture, PC always welcomes the opportunity to participate in gatherings of the design community and the healthcare and education community at large. Please contact us regarding any upcoming events.
Our office is currently looking for landscape architects with 3-5 and 5-8 years experience to join our team.
Dirtworks Landscape Architecture, PC is an internationally published and award-winning landscape architecture firm located in New York City. Our practice is dedicated to creating spaces that bridge differences in age, ability, and culture through shared experiences. Our projects range from intensive urban rooftop gardens to large-scale master plans. We value a solid skill set, positive attitude, and the initiative to grow and learn professionally.
- BLA or MLA from an accredited college or university
- Landscape Architecture License
- Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Have excellent organizational skills; project management experience a plus.
- Detail oriented candidate who is capable of contributing to all phases of project development
- Demonstrated excellence in computer-aided design programs, such as AutoCAD and Vectorworks
- Demonstrated excellence in graphic design programs, such as Adobe Creative Suite and in 3-D modeling programs
- Strong hand graphics are preferred
- LEED Accreditation is a plus
- Lead project teams
- Lead coordination of consultant disciplines
- Lead and participate in project meetings
- Prepare and manage drawing sets and presentation packages
- Prepare, develop, and edit specifications
- Conduct research and prepare site notes and analyses
- Lead and participate in on-site construction observation
Dirtworks offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with abilities and experience.
If you are interested in joining Dirtworks, please send an email to: email@example.com. Please include a letter of introduction, resume and work samples in PDF format.
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Dirtworks is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.