Entries by REOwens


Professional Services

We design places that range from small and intimate to large and far-flung. Our company is titled “environmental design” because we deal with whole environments – not just the superficial elements. With each project, we strive to respect the character of the ecosystems that make up the properties we design. An example of this is […]

Design Philosophy

The profession and practice of Landscape Architecture is a blend of science and art – providing solutions that help people use and enjoy the created world more fully. Every environmental design solution involves the composition of scenery and the arrangement of it in a place. Every composition introduces something unique, either to the place or […]

About Owens Environmental Design

Many years ago, the renowned English actor, Sir Charles Laughton, was preparing to speak to an audience at the University of North Carolina. As he was gathering his thoughts prior to the talk, he stepped into a courtyard garden that was filled with jonquils in full bloom. Responding to the beauty of that time and […]

About Richard Owens, ASLA

During his early years, Richard Owens was influenced and inspired by art, science and nature – passions that led to his being called to the profession of Landscape Architecture. Many generations of his family have been engaged in the professional pursuit of agriculture – leading Richard to a reverence and respect for the land. During […]

Richard Owens Making Home for Chestatee River Diving Bell

A recent project that was an interesting challenge for us was to design a plaza for the Dahlonega Diving Bell. Dating back to the post-Civil War era, the iron bell was lowered into the Chestatee River so that prospectors could scour the river bottom for gold. Working on the same principle that a glass thrust […]