About Us

Our Mission

To embrace the conditions, circumstances, and influences that surround and affect the design of a place to achieve excellence in landscape architecture.


ENVIRONS Landscape Architecture, Inc. provides professional landscape architecture and urban design services to public and private clients. Established in 1989 by principal and owner, Martin Schmidt, Environs has worked on a wide variety of project types and scales, including the planning and design of civic and public works projects, parks, and recreational facilities, schools and institutions, industrial parks, mixed-use commercial and corporate sites, estate residential, and select planned communities.

Innovative + Pragmatic
The firm has built projects throughout the Southwestern U.S. that typify designs that are creative, functional, sustainable, and ecologically sensitive. The use of indigenous and drought tolerant plant material, water efficient irrigation systems, and principles of xeriscape is emphasized.

The staff at Environs is both innovative and pragmatic in the approach taken in each project. Every project is addressed comprehensively within its immediate and larger context, giving careful consideration to specific site and development issues. Utilizing a collaborative process that begins with the client’s vision and desires, and integrating the project intent and program, ideas and plans are developed to create unique design solutions in the built environment.

Team Player
Environs works well on teams with other designers, consultants, environmentalists, engineers, and public agencies. With direct involvement of the principal, we facilitate exceptional projects that meet budget and processing requirements for securing approvals from governing/regulatory agencies. The firm has received numerous design awards and has been recognized for consistently providing design excellence throughout the San Diego region. Every client receives expert support and guidance to ensure that their projects meet their expectations and are of the highest quality and longevity.
  • Commercial + Institutional 40%
  • Public + Civic 22%
  • Urban Design + Streetscape 13%
  • Residential 32%

Year Established