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.

Morrill and Leland Elementary School Sites

Upland Design worked with a team of Civil Engineers and Architects for the Chicago Public Schools to renovate the outdoor spaces and playgrounds at two public

Carpentersville Comprehensive Master Plan

Located along the Fox River, the Village of Carpentersville owns and manages a

Hoover Forest Preserve

Hoover Forest Preserve, a former Boy Scout campground, was purchased by the

Iron Oaks Environmental Learning Center Master Plan

Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center is a joint venture of the Homewood–Flossmoor and

Blackberry Farm Facility Improvement and Master Plan

Blackberry Farm is a 40 year old living museum and historically themed

River Forest Public Library Outdoor Plan

The new Outdoor Plan created by Upland Design expands the library experiences to the outdoors.  River Forest wanted to incorporate programmable spaces that are flexible

Upland Design Projects

  • Otter Cove Island Patio & Bridge Access Phase I

    Otter Cove Island Patio & Bridge Access Phase I

  • River View Courtyard

    River View Courtyard

  • Carpenter Park Master Plan

    Carpenter Park Master Plan

  • James O’ Breen Community Park Signs

    James O’ Breen Community Park Signs

  • Wheeler Park Playground

    Wheeler Park Playground

  • Route 59 Streetscape – IDOT

    Route 59 Streetscape – IDOT

  • Hiawatha Park Playground & Splash Pad

    Hiawatha Park Playground & Splash Pad

  • Rotary Park Renovation

    Rotary Park Renovation

  • Manhattan Metra Station Landscape

    Manhattan Metra Station Landscape

  • Simmons Park Renovation

    Simmons Park Renovation

  • Stars and Stripes Park Renovation

    Stars and Stripes Park Renovation

  • Shabbona Park Playground & Splash Pad

    Shabbona Park Playground & Splash Pad

  • Lawler Park Playground & Splash Pad

    Lawler Park Playground & Splash Pad

  • Jackie Robinson Park

    Jackie Robinson Park

  • Thatcher Woods, Miller Meadows & Cummings Square Master Plans

    Thatcher Woods, Miller Meadows & Cummings Square Master Plans

  • Four Rivers Environmental Learning Center

    Four Rivers Environmental Learning Center

  • University of St. Francis Sustainable Parking Lot

    University of St. Francis Sustainable Parking Lot

  • 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

  • Green Lake Park Master Plan

    Green Lake Park Master Plan

  • West Main Community Park Master Plan

    West Main Community Park Master Plan

  • Sunrise Park and Beach Waterfront Master Plan

    Sunrise Park and Beach Waterfront 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

  • Van Dyke Place Landscape

    Van Dyke Place Landscape

  • 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

  • West Main Community Park Master Plan

    West Main Community Park Master Plan

Latest News

Upland Design featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine

Upland Office

Firm principal Michelle Kelly was interviewed for an article by Wendy Gilmartin in the October issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM).   Michelle was called upon to share some of her knowledge of operating a design office.  In addition, award winning photographer (and principal landscape architect) Heath Wright provided photos for the same Read More