For our team, design is a way of life – a professional philosophy, a creative rallying, and a shared purpose in support of excellence. Our global experience pays tribute to the passionate creation of distinctive, innovative, and inspiring environments. Working in conjunction with nature to achieve impressive results with enduring appeal, we design outdoor spaces that are timeless, never forced – and establish relationships that strengthen these concepts for future projects and generations. With an eye toward holistic development, land preservation, and aesthetic cognizance, our designers improve the relationship between people and place. We graciously accept our role as stewards of the land and the built environment with the full creativity, integrity, and the commitment of our entire worldwide team.
After nearly 60 years, our commitment remains the same – to ensure people thrive in beautiful, functional surroundings by delivering quality-designed projects. We are honored to serve the profession, our clients, and people around the globe by creating spaces that are enjoyed and celebrated by the world’s communities. We continue to be inspired by opportunities to create venues that serve as markers of history and catalysts for thoughtful design.
1960 – 1964
During this era of great social and technological change, the profession of landscape architecture was on the eve of expansion from residential estates and parks to the design of resort destinations, new communities, and urban cities. Edward D. Stone Jr. established EDSA in 1960 and immediately began to redefine the role of landscape architects as leaders of large-scale planning assignments. Impacting the physical arrangement, appearance, and functional design of towns and cities, the firm’s site design for the General Motors building in New York and John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. successfully created powerful civic statements.
1965 – 1969
EDSA responded to the needs the 70 million Baby Boomers with entertainment, social, corporate, and recreational project designs. The Museo de Arte in Puerto Rico serves as a repository for conservation, study, and exhibition of local, regional, and international works of art. Meanwhile, the blending of formal courtyards, informal meadows, and an outdoor sculpture museum at PepsiCo World Headquarters in Purchase, New York changed the persona of the corporate campus by nestling a major building complex into a landscape of great natural beauty.
1970 – 1974
The advent of jumbo jets assisted in the firm’s global expansion. Travelling abroad, EDSA ensured cultural and environmental stewardship on assignments such as the El Morro Tourist Complex in Venezuela, effectively integrating the use of an elaborate aquatic and pedestrian traffic system into an immense network of canals. Personal and professional recognition also rose with the appointment of Edward D. Stone, Jr. to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. EDSA continued to invest in future industry leaders with an internship program for students and the first minority scholarship for the study of landscape architecture.
1975 – 1979
Family vacation habits give rise to the need for regionalized places to recreate, relax, and enjoy. EDSA’s involvement in residential resort design grew with noteworthy endeavors such as Las Hadas in Mexico, Hyatt Rio Mar in Puerto Rico, and PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida – a model for management of complex wetland preservation issues. EDSA’s collaboration with local professionals was highlighted with Babin Kuk in Dubrovnik that emphasizes heritage and ecological preservation in a tourist development and work on the King of Sunrise Palace in Saudi Arabia. A guideline to combat urban sprawl in the Middle East, this self-contained compound prioritizes mass transit and a pedestrian-oriented lifestyle.
1980 – 1984
Leverage buyouts, large mergers, and acquisitions become commonplace. EDSA defied the trend by maintaining its original brand and identity with a practice focused on planning and landscape architecture. Expansion of a branch office in Orlando thrives with assignments from the Disney Corporation as well as the Orlando International Airport, which was designed as a tourism gateway complete with lagoons and gardens. EDSA’s design of the first inland, 5-star hotel destination, the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort set a new standard in free-form swimming pool design and establishes 45 acres of natural terrain as an Audubon Walk within the resort.
1985 – 1989
With the world taking greater notice of sustainability, an awareness builds for pedestrian-oriented places that strengthen communities. EDSA’s approach towards ecosystem preservation and sound wetland management was cited in the planning of Haig Point on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina and the creation of West Lake Park in Hollywood, Florida. With a growing number of public contracts, EDSA wins hometown commissions for the Fort Lauderdale Beach and Riverwalk. Showcasing underused waterfronts as an important amenity, these revitalizations stimulated over $1 billion worth of private sector development in a 15-year period.
1990 – 1994
A decade of hope, relief, and discovery, EDSA rallied to help those less fortunate by responding to the increasing AIDS epidemic, famine around the world, and those impacted by acts of terrorism. This passion for giving and spirit of social responsibility has raised millions through the years and generously defines the heart of EDSA. The firm’s focus on the value of natural areas and authentic environments is epitomized in design of the El Portal Tropical Forest Visitor’s Center in Puerto Rico and the 204-acre College of Staten Island which created a rural oasis and park-like setting for the largest sited college in New York City.
1995 – 1999
While the Space Shuttle Discovery placed the Hubble Space Telescope in orbit revolutionizing astronomy, landscape architects were called upon to safeguard the natural environment here on Earth. In recognition of his lasting impact on public welfare, Ed Stone earned the ASLA Medal, the highest honor from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Long-term client relationships were forged as EDSA began design of Atlantis, Paradise Island, the most intensely themed tourist destination in the Caribbean and the concept of a “Living Master Plan” was introduced to Nova Southeastern University as a flexible plan that anticipates and embraces the university’s future growth.
2000 – 2004
In the first decade of the 21st century, the euro was put into circulation, blogs became a common electronic dissemination of the spoken word, and globalization continued to influence the world. EDSA recognized the opportunity to expand into the burgeoning China marketplace and established a design office in Beijing, and further strengthens its strategic positioning with a studio in Baltimore, Maryland. Publishing of an EDSA Design book provided a window into the firm’s influence on global real estate development.
2005 – 2009
Reflective of a societal eagerness to reconnect with education, nature, and world culture, EDSA began design of the Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort in the United Arab Emirates, a world-class leisure, learning, and living destination. Restoration of Castiglion Del Bosco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an authentic tribute to the land, its wine, and its people, as the benchmarked design brought the site’s distinctive agriculture and cultural landscape full circle.
2010 – 2014
In our 50th year, EDSA was recognized with the prestigious Landscape Architecture Firm Award, the highest honor the American Society of Landscape Architects bestows upon a firm for exemplary works. The ASLA, Florida Chapter announced the establishment of the Edward D. Stone, Jr. Landmark Award, recognizing project design innovation that retains authentic integrity and contributes significantly to the public realm.
As we launch our next decade of practice, we are confident that the people of the world will continue to demand places where the natural and built environment exist in celebrated harmony. Poised to be an active player in making that happen, our adventurous spirit will push us forward to explore new and interesting challenges, embark upon undiscovered regions, and strengthen our position as a global leader. We embrace our success with modesty and hope our philosophies and contributions are viewed as a foundation from which to build upon.