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Knot Studio
Meaningful and lasting environmental improvements that benefit the diverse communities we serve

Jonathan Beaver and the Studio team add a wealth of talent and expertise to Knot Studio’s landscape architecture practice. Their long list of design awards recognizes the firm’s positive contribution to the public realm and private properties in the Portland Region, the Pacific Northwest, and California.

Luuwit View Park, 2019 Oregon ASLA Award of Excellence

The Yard, 2018 National ASLA Honor Award

MLK Gateway, 2012 Oregon ASLA Honor Award

Since its establishment in 2006, Studio has been committed to environmentally sensitive design through adaptation and innovation, simplicity and longevity, practiced within a framework of strong visual aesthetics. Working with a wide range of clients and projects, the firm has at its core the fundamental belief that landscapes have a profound impact on the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people. The development of landscapes should be intentional and meaningful and result in spaces treasured by the communities that surround them.

At the root of their understanding is that places are naturally endowed with complex layers of history, culture, infrastructure, economics, and ecology.  The most successful landscapes are those shaped with an understanding of these elements. Their philosophy engenders the notion that good projects come from clear and meaningful communication with our clients, a strong sense of service to our community, and playful enthusiasm for the creation of new and interesting places.

Design has the power to change people’s lives and the health of our ecosystems.

The Gabriel Park Playground is Portland’s newest and most inclusive playground, tucked into the northeast corner of Gabriel Park, a 91-acre park in SW Portland. The 10,000 square foot playground was designed in collaboration with a unique stakeholder group – a collection of community members, adults with disabilities, and parents of children with mobility, cognitive, and developmental challenges. The result is a multi-tiered and engaging public play space nestled into the hillside of the existing park. The carefully graded design protects existing trees and watersheds and creates new accessible connections both throughout the playground and to nearby public pathways, parking, restrooms, and public transit. The dynamic spaces created by a mix of custom and classic play elements fit the park design and draw people to the space from across the city.

2022 Oregon ASLA Honor Award
Portland, OR
Portland Parks and Recreation
Jonathan Beaver is joining Knot Studio as Design Director and will work with Owner/Principal Marilee Hanks, and Principals Jill Boots and Michael Yun, within the studio’s practices of Environmental Graphic Design, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Justice, and Ecological Planning.