Live and Learn, Work and Play Outdoors

We create spaces that connect people outdoors.

Places to play,
Places to learn,
Places to work.
Places where people want to go.

Go outside with the experts.

Every client has a unique site with distinct goals. We listen to you and work together with you. This collaboration allows us to go outside and beyond everyday ideas. Our focus on the end-user inspires great spaces that are economically and environmentally sustainable. As innovators, we bring fresh ideas and possibilities. As specialists, we bring technical expertise. As professionals, we communicate ideas to get projects permitted and built. As park planners and landscape architect we utilize design practices to promote responsible land stewardship. We strive to build trusting relationships through communication, collaboration, and teamwork.

  • Gateway Wetlands
    Set amid towering Oak trees and adjacent to protected wetlands, this playground
    Ellis Equestrian Center
    As part of the 400-acre Baker Woods Forest Preserve, the Kendall County
    Blackberry Farm
    Facility Improvement and Renovation
    Peck Farm
    Peck Farm has become a community treasure with its historic farmstead, native prairie and wetlands.  Upland Design assisted the Park District enhancing the site over
    Sandholm Woods
    Sandholm Woods is a 2-acre neighborhood park created to add much needed
    Wapella Street Park
    As an OSLAD funded project, the park site is scheduled for 2

    Upland Design Projects

    • Manhattan Metra Station Landscape

      Manhattan Metra Station Landscape

    • Simmons Park Renovation

      Simmons Park Renovation

    • Stars and Stripes Park Renovation

      Stars and Stripes Park Renovation

    • Carpentersville Comprehensive Master Plan

      Carpentersville Comprehensive Master Plan

    • Shabbona Park

      Shabbona Park

    • Hoover Forest Preserve

      Hoover Forest Preserve

    • Thatcher Woods, Miller Meadows & Cummings Square Master Plans

      Thatcher Woods, Miller Meadows & Cummings Square Master Plans

    • Iron Oaks Environmental Learning Center Master Plan

      Iron Oaks Environmental Learning Center Master Plan

    • Capital Heath Systems Healing Garden

      Capital Heath Systems Healing Garden

    • Physicians Immediate Care Landscape

      Physicians Immediate Care Landscape

    • IDOT: District 1 Right of Way Improvements

      IDOT: District 1 Right of Way Improvements

    • West Chicago Metra Station

      West Chicago Metra Station

    • West Main Community Park Master Plan

      West Main Community Park Master Plan

    • Island Park Playground Renovation

      Island Park Playground Renovation

    • Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Garden Master Plan

      Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Garden Master Plan

    • West Branch Regional Medical Facility Master Plan

      West Branch Regional Medical Facility Master Plan

    • Baker Woods Forest Preserve

      Baker Woods Forest Preserve

    • NIU Outdoor Intramural Recreation Facility

      NIU Outdoor Intramural Recreation Facility

    • Nature’s Scholar Nature Playground

      Nature’s Scholar Nature Playground

    • West Branch Regional Medical Facility

      West Branch Regional Medical Facility

    • Crystal Lake Public Library and ADA Improvements

      Crystal Lake Public Library and ADA Improvements

    • The Courtyard

      The Courtyard

    • Prairie Trail Park – Sports

      Prairie Trail Park – Sports

    • Stonebridge Woods Playground

      Stonebridge Woods Playground

    • Quest Academy

      Quest Academy

    • Prairie Trail Park Playground

      Prairie Trail Park Playground

    • Dryden Park Playground

      Dryden Park Playground

    Latest News

    Unconventional Play

    Where kids are concerned any found object can become the most exciting play thing imaginable. Sometimes the unconventional toy gets more attention than the pieces designed explicitly for play.  This play fueled imagination in kids transitions to adaptability, innovation and ingenuity in adults who can affect change in the built environment. With Earth Day approaching next week words like “recycle”, “reuse” and “sustainability” resurface as attention is focused on preserving our planet.  Since children can adapt almost anything into a play piece it makes sense that playground materials can come from many sources.    Here is a look at a few crazy Read More