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.

Featured Projects

    Upland Design Projects

    • 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

    • 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

    • Nature’s Pointe Playground

      Nature’s Pointe Playground

    • South Mill Creek Community Park

      South Mill Creek Community Park

    • Wapella Street Park

      Wapella Street Park

    • Trantina Farm Park

      Trantina Farm Park

    • Sandholm Woods

      Sandholm Woods

    • Richard Young Forest Preserve

      Richard Young Forest Preserve

    Latest News

    Hiawatha Park Playground Opens!

    Hiawatha Park
    New playground and splash pad renovations at Hiawatha Park on Chicago North side were welcomed with huge crowds at the Grand Opening on August 12, 2014. Dunning neighborhood residents were excited to see the new changes to their beloved park which included new accessible playground and swings with covered seating area and new water efficient splash pad area. Upland Design worked closely with residents, Alderman Sposato and the Chicago Park District to create a new dynamic playground that encourages kids to explore. The new playground features varying heights of mounds that challenge kids and offers new dimensions to traditional play equipment. Read More