M+H Landscape Architecture Our Landscape Architecture Philosophy

We bring to your project team unparalleled qualities of commitment, respect, hard work and the experience required to insure a finished project that will be a lasting and proud amenity. Our contribution can be broken down into four attributes.


Our first commitment is to working with you to develop a project that provides a positive visual and functional addition to the environment of your project. Our ability to achieve this end is facilitated by our commitment to the design process and its impact on people and their relationships to their environment. As part of this process we are skilled at working with our clients to involve them and their ideas and goals in the design development phase of a project. This input, on your part, will combine with our knowledge of people's relationship to their environment, the intrinsic values of various materials and construction processes. This combination will result in the development of design concepts that reflect your goals and aspirations.

The second attribute that we will being to your team is one of respect. A respect for you as a client and as a knowledgeable partner on the project team with a defined program that is to be implemented in the final constructed project. As skilled professionals we bring to the team a respect for construction materials, processes and their limitations and attributes. Maxian + Horst has a policy of continuous education and awareness of materials and their technical execution in construction process. This knowledge results in cost effective construction detailing and long term, low maintenance cost to the owner.
The third attribute that Maxian + Horst bring to the project team is simply a dedication to hard work. Once retained by a client we bring to bear on their project our attention and resources as professionals. No problem that may occur is too small or too large; no question goes unanswered or delayed due to other conflicts. At Maxian + Horst we are where we need to be before we need to be there. Our hard work ethic and attentiveness to our client's needs is best demonstrated by years of continuous working relationships with such clients as the City of Syracuse, the City of Rome, Rome Housing Authority, Onondaga Community College and numerous architects.

The fourth attribute that we would contribute to the project team is design experience and technical execution of our work. Open "people" areas are used for movement, sitting, entertaining and social interaction all occurring adjacent to buildings and spaces. Maxian + Horst brings to a project extensive experience in the development of open spaces for people through the creative use of materials and sound construction detailing. Our completed projects are representative of our ability to create pleasing areas for people to use, whether it be for walking, sitting, talking, watching others or just being. Although they are all for different clients with different needs, they are all open spaces for human use. The materials used to create these spaces are essentially all the same: Brick, Concrete, Pebbled Concrete, Stone and Plant materials arranged in different spaces as walkways, seating areas, privacy areas, entries, focal points, views and visitors. We have the design capability to arrange these materials taking advantage of their intrinsic characteristics of color, texture and form to enhance the use of open spaces.
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