LandSight is a landscape design/build company managed by Dustin Welch and Aimee Varnon in Portland, OR. Their work spans more than a decade with projects in Southern Oregon and the Willamette Valley.  With undergraduate degrees in Fine Arts and Journalism and a graduate degree in Landscape Architecture, Dustin is a multi-disciplined artist with the ability to interpret, design and construct landscapes.

Spending more than 10 years in the nursery trade, Dustin’s interest in plants led to landscape architecture.  He enjoys the collaboration among clients, designers and builders in a process that produces a site specific landscape.  Dustin emphasizes drought tolerance, seasonal variability and textural contrasts in his planting designs.

As a University of Oregon researcher, Dustin worked on several cultural landscape reports for the National Park Service and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.  Studying the work of Depression Era landscape architects reinforced Dustin’s interest in the natural and rustic aesthetic.  His work included reports for Silver Falls State Park and the ghost town of Golden, OR.  While working in Mt. Rainier National Park, Dustin was inspired by the beautiful craft and vision of the Works Project Administration.

His design is influenced by the sculptural qualities of Isamu Noguchi, the ambitious plantings of Piet Oudolf, and the functional beauty of Bahaus principles. Sustainability, ecology, stewardship, regionalism and art guide Dustin’s design strategies.

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