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
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
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
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.
“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.
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 US Army Corps of Engineers is upgrading decades-old building on the NATO base in Mons, Belgium. Part of this phased upgrade includes new construction of the American elementary, middle and high schools and the International School. Dirtworks, working with Michell | Giurgola Architects and ABATEC, is using landscape to create an entirely new educational campus. Read more on the USACE projects and Dirtworks’ contribution to the project.
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.
David Kamp addressed the graduates about the importance of design in shaping individual and collective choices that promote health and make our communities more vibrant, resilient and equitable. Read more.
Loeb Fellows receive a grant to develop a prototype garden within Manhattan’s Riverside Park for the cognitively challenged elderly. Read more.
David Kamp, president of Dirtworks, PC and Member of the Board of Advisors at the University of Virginia Center for Design and Health (UVA CDH), visited the United Kingdom for several speaking engagements in February 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.
“Earthplace Nature Center: A Recreational and Educational Trail System within Universal Design Principles” by David Kamp, FASLA, LF, NA Elect is featured in this summer’s issue of the ASLA Children’s Outdoor Environments Newsletter. Click here for the online article.
David Kamp, FASLA, LF of Dirtworks, PC is one of 17 landscape architects featured in “New York Rooftop Gardens” photographed by Charles de Vaivre. Read more Rooftop Gardens.pdf
“A Broader Horizon” by David Kamp, FASLA, LF, NA Elect, highlights five landscape design projects that promote the qualities which are key to healthier communities The article, featured in the July 2011 issue of World Health Design Magazine, is available for download here.
David Kamp, FASLA, LF, president and founder of Dirtworks Landscape Architecture, PC has been elected to the National Academy as a National Academician (NA). Read more David Kamp NA Elect.pdf
Dirtworks, PC received one of two Honor Awards in College and University Design from the Boston Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA). Read more BSLA Award.pdf
David Kamp, FASLA, LF and Principal of Dirtworks, PC will be the Keynote Speaker at the Sustainability Symposium 2011: Healing Spaces at the Cleveland Botanical Garden on February 4, 2011. Read more Green Gardening.pdf
David Kamp, FASLA, LF and President of Dirtworks, Landscape Architecture, PC joins the Center for Design and Health as Co-Founder and member of the Executive Committee. Read more David Kamp.pdf
David Kamp, FASLA, LF and Principal of Dirtworks, PC will speak at the Healthcare Design.10 on November 15, 2010 in Las Vegas, NV. Read more Healthcare Design.10.pdf
David Kamp, FASLA, LF and Principal of Dirtworks, PC will speak at the 48th International Making Cities Livable Conference on October 19, 2010 in Charleston, SC. Read more in Dirtworks on 48th ICMCL Presentation.pdf
As published in the New York American Society of Landscape Architecture (NY ASLA),
“Suburbia Transformed” by Suzan Marciona, ASLA. Read more Suburbia Transformed.pdf
As published in the New York American Society of Landscape Architecture (NY ASLA),
“The Science of Healing” by Suzan Marciona, ASLA. Read more The Science of Healing.pdf
Dirtworks, PC is recognized in the “Suburbia Transformed, One Garden at a Time” Design Competition by the James Rose Center for the Beach House. Read more “James Rose Award.pdf”
David Kamp, FASLA, LF will participate in a Panel Discussion on the PBS Documentary Special “The Science of Healing.” The screening, hosted by the Urban Zen Foundation, will be held on May 24, 2010 at the Urban Zen Center in New York City. Read more “David Kamp as Panelist.pdf“
ArchCare / Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center will honor David Kamp, FASLA, LF with the Mary White Commitment Award at its annual TCC Flower Ball. Read more “Mary White Commitment Award.pdf“
The Horticultural Society of New York hosts an Exhibit of 2010 ASLANY Award winning projects. Read more “2010 Exhibit.pdf”
Dirtworks, PC is mentioned for its sensitivity to design and sustainability. Register-Star details: Camphill.pdf.
Texas A&M University College of Architecture presents this Spring semester’s Architecture for Health” Visiting Lecture Series with David Kamp, FASLA, LF and Principal of Dirtworks, PC as speaker. Read more: Nature and Human Nature.pdf
Dirtworks, PC, was awarded the 2010 Merit Award given by American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter (ASLA-NY) for the Joel Schnaper Memorial Garden at Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center. Read more Schnaper Garden ASLANY Merit Award.pdf
NYBG Lecture Series presents “Four Landscape Design Portfolios 2009” with David Kamp as Speaker. Read more Four Landscape Design Portfolios 2009.pdf
David Kamp, FASLA, LF Principal of Dirtworks, PC is one of five international speakers at the Sense of Place 2009 Conference from September 2-5 2009 to be held in Cornwall, UK. A returning speaker at this bi-annual conference, David Kamp will speak on “Connecting People and Place: A Design Perspective.” Read more 2009 Sense of Place Conference.pdf
Dirtworks, PC, was awarded the 2008 Merit Award given by American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter (ASLA-NY) for the Urban Aerie.
Read more in 2008 ASLANY Merit Award.pdf
David Kamp, FASLA, LF and Principal of Dirtworks, PC will speak at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO on October 5, 2008 in Philadelphia, PA. David Kamp will speak at the popular “Inside the LA Studio with Dirtworks, PC.” Read more in 2008 ASLA Inside the LA Studio.pdf
Dirtworks, PC won the 2008 Honor Award in Residential Design given by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The Beach House in Amagansett, New York was chosen from a select group of projects worldwide. Read more in 2008 ASLA Honor Award.pdf
Dirtworks, PC was part of the design team that received the 2008 Boston Society of Architects / AIA New York Housing Design Award Citation for the Student Residence Hall (New York City) for Teacher’s College at Columbia University. Read more in 2008 BSA Design Citation.pdf
Dirtworks, PC Landscape Architecture received a special design commendation given by the British Holistic Medical Association (BHMA). The Elizabeth & Nona Evans Restorative Garden, one of two international entries, was chosen from a select group of projects worldwide. Read more in 2008 BHMA Design Commendation.pdf
Dirtworks, PC received the 2008 Design Citation Award from the American Association of School Administrators for the Science Center Courtyard and Outdoor Learning Environment at Keene State College. “A well designed and planned outdoor learning area that addressed the nature of the sciences studies and academic program of the school,” described the AASA Awards jury, composed of the AASA and its co-partners, the American Institute of Architects and the Council of Education Facility Planners International. “A living laboratory with skillful adaptation of geological principles and use of materials to elevate awareness of surroundings, place of community, and the natural world,” they added. Read more in: 2008 AASA.pdf.
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.
- 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
- 2010, James Rose Center Award for Residential Design, Beach House
- 2010, Merit Award, ASLA New York Chapter, Joel Schnaper Memorial Garden at Terence Cardinal Cooke Hospital, Merit Award, ASLA New York Chapter, Joel Schnaper Memorial Garden at Terence Cardinal Cooke Hospital
- 2010, Finalist, Best Private Plots 10 – Die Besten Garten (Austria), Beach House
- 2009, Honor Award, AIA Westchester Hudson Valley, Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center
- 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), Elizabeth & Nona Evans Restorative Garden, 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
- 2014, SCUP Honor Award for Excellence in Landscape Architecture, Simons Center for Geometry and Physics
- 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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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 accepting 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.
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