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melissa medeiros

I really love design. I do it all day long with LANDline, and then in my home, in my yard, for friends and family, and any other chance I get. After getting a degree in architecture, I began working in construction and sustainable building. But as a lover of all things green and growing, when I hit upon landscape architecture I found the perfect sweet spot. After receiving my graduate degree and working in a firm for several years, I struck out on my own and opened LANDline Design. Over the past ten years as a small-business owner, I've honed my craft and developed my philosophical approach. While I enjoy all kinds of gardens, simple, modern landscapes are my real love. I am honored that my clients trust me with their time, their money, and their projects, and I still dive into each job with an enthusiasm for design and a passion to uncover the best approach to each problem. I work hard to meet my clients’ needs, from conceptual design to the final stages of construction, and I have a great time doing it.

BORN + RAISED: 
Fresno & Modesto, CA
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD PASTIME: 
Memorizing Sierra wildflowers and dressing up as Laura Ingalls
FAVORITE DESIGNERS:
Noguchi / Barragan
FAVORITE TREE:
Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)
FAVORITE LANDSCAPE:
Above timberline, below sea level
TACO OR CORNDOG?
Taco, but not without some hesitation
SUPERPOWER:
Strangers smile at me

EDUCATION: 
MLA, University of Washington / BA Arch, UC Berkeley
PROFESSIONAL: 
LANDline Design, 2008-today / Lando and Associates, 2004-2008 / Sustainable Communities NW, 1999-2001 / Portland Habitat for Humanity, 1995-1999
 

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christina frank

I have been working as a landscape architectural designer for over twelve years and I’m still really into it – the big projects, the little projects, the residential ones, and the commercial ones – and working on a mix of these together is actually my favorite. If this was a resume, here is where I’d mention my design sensibility, clear communication style, project management experience, organizational skills, and the way I get at the crux of a design problem to develop a solution that feels right on multiple levels, but truth be told, it’s perfecting the emotional experience of a landscape that rings my bell.  What I strive for is: Does your landscape make you want to get outside? Does it support your daily activities? Does it enhance your everyday life? And most importantly, does it help you be the person you want to be? If our clients answer yes to these questions, then we’ve not only provided something beautiful and useful, we’ve also given them something that elicits delight. And that rules.

BORN + RAISED: 
Princeton, NJ
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD PASTIME: 
Catching fireflies in our pj's while the neighborhood parents talked (ahem, drank) 
FAVORITE DESIGNERS:
Barragan / Eames / Rand / Andrea Cochran
FAVORITE TREE:
Katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum)
FAVORITE LANDSCAPE:
Wherever it is that Heidi lives in the Swiss Alps
TACO OR CORNDOG?
Taco
SUPERPOWER:
I can spot a typo in a sea of lengthy text (superpower or supercurse?)

EDUCATION: 
MLA, University of Washington / MA Geography, Portland State University
PROFESSIONAL: 
LANDline Design, 2016-today / MIG, Inc 2007-today / Lango Hansen Landscape Architects, 2004-2006
 

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erin duffy

With over ten years of experience in landscape design, I am especially interested in planting design, the creative use of hardscape materials, native and edible landscapes, habitat gardens, and natural playgrounds. I enjoy working collaboratively with clients to create landscapes that meet their individual needs and love being involved in all stages of the design process, from the initial client meeting and schematic design to the construction drawings and everything in between. When I'm not on the clock, I'm probably chasing my toddler or conducting horticultural experiments in my garden.

BORN + RAISED: 
Dayton, OH
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD PASTIME: 
Art projects, especially creating elaborate holiday displays with construction paper
FAVORITE DESIGNERS:
Piet Oudolf! He's my horticultural hero. I love his use of textures, his ability to make natural-looking places in unexpected urban contexts, and the way he combines structured plants with loose, wild-looking designs.
FAVORITE TREE:
I am currently in love with Rhamnus purshiana, our native Cascara tree. It's got the whole package. But I also have a permanent soft spot for sugar maples, white oaks, and beeches because they remind me of the woods of my childhood.
FAVORITE LANDSCAPE:
I love expansive natural places but I love designing intimate garden spaces, especially ones where people and critters (especially birds) can cohabitate.
TACO OR CORNDOG?
Taco, obv
SUPERPOWER:
As a kid I daydreamed about being able to fly so I could escape out a window anytime I was bored. Still working on that.

EDUCATION: 
MLA, University of Oregon / BS Horticulture, University of Cincinnati
PROFESSIONAL: 
LANDline design 2016-today / Shapiro Didway Landscape Architecture / Culliton Quinn Landscape Architecture / Alderwood Landscaping / db landscaping / New Leaf Landscape Construction / plus LOTS of freelance work
 

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charlie pearsall

A true son of the Willamette Valley, I was raised in the cradle of the Johnson Creek Watershed and reared on a small farm and nursery. In addition to the bookkeeping, project management, and marketing skills that keep LANDline running smoothly, I like to think that I offer good humor, joie de vivre, and a deep knowledge of plants and design. A frequent hiker in our local natural areas, I am a student of 'grandma-style' cooking and am a regular traveler to far-flung lands. I also love a clean desk, 80's punk, and collecting wool blankets (you know, just in case).

BORN + RAISED: 
Boring, OR
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD PASTIME: 
Creek walking
FAVORITE DESIGNERS:
John  Yeon
FAVORITE TREE:
It's a total toss up. Either Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides), Mediterranean cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina), or Blue paloverde (Parkinsonia Florida). Because my astrological chart is almost completely comprised of air signs, I might need you to choose for me.
FAVORITE LANDSCAPE:
Either clean and pretty minimalist or arid
TACO OR CORNDOG?
Taco Taco Taco (tripe or al pastor, please)
SUPERPOWER:
Identifying plants from the seat of a speeding car

EDUCATION: 
AA w/emphasis in Horticultural, Mt. Hood Community College
PROFESSIONAL: 
LANDline Design 2017-today / Lando and Associates, 2002-2015