It's our belief...

that the best work is based on strong relationships

Building relationships is at the heart of what we do: relationships between clients and designers, indoors and outdoors, people and nature. With a long history as practitioners in St. Louis and in the Midwest, we are mindful of just how important such connections are to build and to sustain. From our first meeting through the end of construction and beyond, we pride ourselves on being attentive to these relationships.

DTLS Landscape Architecture

DTLS is a St. Louis-based landscape architecture and urban design studio, certified as a Federal Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB), Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE). Founded in 2012, we are a young firm, but our roots run deep. Our team of professionals brings over 100 years of collective experience to our projects. Including our time spent at previous firms, most of us have worked together for over a decade. We know what each of us does best and we structure our practice to take full advantage of our individual strengths. It’s much like our approach to planting design: the right plant for the right place.

As landscape architects and urban designers, we pride ourselves on being translators. Our training and background enable us to be fluent in the language of the architect, the engineer, the builder and, most importantly, the client. We thrive as members of a multidisciplinary team. In this environment, we lead by offering innovative ideas, outstanding technical documentation and practical solutions for our clients.

Shelbey Brittin

Landscape Architectural Designer | asla, sites AP

With a dual degree in Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Shelbey brings a broad background to the DTLS team. Her education has instilled an appreciation of the positive potential of built spaces to affect human experience. In her studies, she has found her passion lies in designing places that integrate interior and exterior space, places that take on lives of their own, building resiliency through ecological systems. In Landscape Architecture, she has found a vehicle for her passion for helping to build communities that balance the needs of people, flora and fauna. Shelbey is a keen observer and listener for whom intuition and reason go hand in hand. Her design philosophy reflects her personality: Understated, strategic interventions can yield profound benefits.

“I strive to work toward making our world more environmentally friendly and resilient”

Inspiration

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    city gems
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    hometown memories
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    neighborhood rides
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    new adventures

Allyssa Gray

landscape architectural designer | ASLA

The love for people, the passion to make a difference, and the love of the outdoors inspired Allyssa to become a landscape architectural designer. Her professional interests lie somewhere between landscape architecture and urban planning. While in school, however, Allyssa focused part of her studies on ecological restoration of rivers and creeks at the local and regional scale, and she emphasizes the strong connection between people and water in every project possible. Her designs are inspired by the community, history and the future. Allyssa enjoys engaging with the community and discovering how design can change the community’s perception of their neighborhood while creating lasting and impactful projects.

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    Lauren McDaniel

    Landscape Architectural Designer | ASLA

    Lauren’s design process is guided by a passion for soils and native plants. She was inspired by her studies in geoscience to pursue a degree in Landscape Architecture as a way to bridge the gap between the environment and citizens through design. One of her interests is the use of play as a means of building sustainable and resilient communities and citizens through passive and active interaction. She finds joy in designing projects that covertly expand peoples knowledge by simply inhabiting a space. Lauren brings to the team experience in residential design, community outreach, and designing with native plants.

    “We feel inspired to change the environment, education, and culture so that the next generation will not be victims of the same [negative] transmission.”

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      resilience
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      "What hungry brains require is freedom"
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      Creativity can change the world
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      "The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness"

    Julia Montroy

    PLA, ASLA, LEED GA | Principal

    Julia has a passion for creating beautiful and successful places, and her approach is informed by her past experience as a sculptor and teacher. She is a keen listener who takes the time to investigate a project’s opportunities and challenges in order to derive innovative and sustainable solutions. From large-scale master plans down to the details of a planting plan, she remains focused on the quality of the visitor’s experience in the landscape. Julia has specialized in design and construction documents on projects that include corporate and healthcare campuses, streetscapes, edible gardens and guidelines for ecologically sustainable landscapes.

    “The world is an ever-changing tapestry of landscapes, continually adapting to systems both natural and manmade. As a landscape architect, I treasure the small moment I have in the continuum of change to orchestrate and appliqué designs that dance between built and natural systems.”

    Inspiration

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      Discovery
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      Admiration
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      Frolicsome
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      Illumination

    Michelle Ohle

    Principal | Landscape Architect | ASLA, LEED AP

    Michelle is dedicated to designing land in a way that improves people’s lives. She brings to project teams a passion for design and an eye for the small details that make a big difference. Among her favorite aspects of landscape architecture is the diversity of project types and scales. She has designed healthcare and university campuses while maintaining her zeal for creating smaller spaces such as rooftop gardens, intimate courtyards and public realm studies. Michelle’s history includes work on urban public open space projects as well as waterfront parks, green roofs, plazas, parks and recreation spaces, and playgrounds.

    “Being able to make a difference in the 'everyday' is something I look forward to every. single. day.”

    Inspiration

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      Everything’s clearer at 9,500ft.
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      There is always room for silly in the built environment.
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      PEEKABOO!
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      Yayoi Kusama – My spirit animal

    Gabe Presley

    Landscape Architect + Urban Designer | ASLA

    As an artist and outdoor enthusiast, landscape architecture is a perfect match for Gabe’s skillset. He has made it his mission to help create a sense of place through design. Whether it is the native plant material he selects or pulling from historical inspiration, Gabe strives to connect his designs to their context. In addition to being a landscape architect, Gabe is a trained urban designer who also has experience working in the Southeast. His background gives him a unique perspective on design and planning to allow him to contribute to projects ranging in complexity and scope.

    “Cities are landscapes that grow and evolve naturally; reacting to changes in the atmosphere; accommodating growth and development. Time is a critical element that landscape architects and urban designers can help to strategize for.”

    Inspiration

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      bring your favorite landscape home
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      bicycling is the best way to experience your city
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      have a favorite place
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      know where you come from

    Matt Snelling

    Principal | ASLA

    An advocate for the public realm, Matt seeks to enrich the shared experience through the thoughtful consideration of the “spaces in-between”, and to promote these spaces as generators of economic, social, and environmental prosperity. No matter the project, Matt’s primary focus remains the same: to deliver excellent work that reflects his love of the outdoors, his passion for design, and his commitment to clients. Matt brings 18 years of experience covering a range of project types including mixed-use, parks and trails, sports, corporate, education, healthcare, and urban streetscapes.

    “If I'm ever lacking for inspiration, I just look to my kids. We have a profound responsibility to their generation. And some days, when they ask me what I did at work, I get to tell them, "I colored!”

    Inspiration

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      Wilderness itself is the basis of all our civilization. – Margaret Murie
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      Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. – Dalai Lama
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      Good design is as little design as possible. – Dieter Rams
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      Might as well jump. – David Lee Roth

    Emily Straka

    principal | comptroller

    Emily is a Jill-of-all-trades within the DTLS family. She comes to DTLS with a diverse background that makes her particularly suited to keeping the whole team in line. Her formal training is in dance and studio arts, and she brings that artistic eye and sense of choreography to the office in many ways. The DTLS team can always count on Emily’s strategic approach to critical fundamentals such as invoicing, accounting, contract writing, marketing, certifications, human resources and IT coordination. Outside of the office, Emily teaches art to elementary students and relishes her walks to and from work.

    “I adore living and working in St Louis. Who wouldn’t love a neighborhood where a pig wanders down the street in the middle of the day!?”

    Inspiration

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      Be yourself, because somebody has to, and you’re the closest. - Jack Kent
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      The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. – William Morris
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      If you look at it the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden. - Frances Hodgson Burnett
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      Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. – Omar Khayyan

    Brad Weitekamp

    Landscape Architect | asla, SITES AP

    Brad thrives on creating meaningful places through the fostering of a fully collaborative design process. Brad’s design philosophy stems from his belief that the most dynamic designs are the direct result of effective client and stakeholder engagement throughout the design process. Notable past work includes his contributions to a guidebook for sea-level rise adaptation planning. His experience leading design/build projects combined with his business management background have helped to form his solid knowledge base in design detailing, budget forecasting, construction documentation and construction administration.

    “I have the unique privilege of facilitating positive change on a daily basis.  The challenge of harmonizing the finest details with the broadest strokes to create a unified vision is what I look forward to each and every day.”

    Inspiration

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      Landscape Poetry
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      Unfiltered Beauty
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      Child’s Play
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      Early Bird

    Sue Wiest

    Principal | Landscape Architect |ASLA

    Sue has a particular interest in working locally, and feels honored by every opportunity she has to design in the St. Louis area. She leverages her experience and eye for detail to ensure function and performance every step of the way. Sue’s skills in construction detailing and specification writing have been an invaluable foundation for award-winning projects ranging from improvements in St. Louis’ historic Forest Park to participating in the creation of a new university in Saudi Arabia. Through 25 years of professional experience in landscape architecture, Sue Wiest has been a dedicated, diligent and dependable team player, focused on fostering and delivering high-quality projects ranging from small-scale site design to large-scale campus planning.

    “Designing a project is like putting together a 1000 piece puzzle; each piece an important 'detail' that relates to and defines the other pieces.  The best part of any project is seeing the details come to LIFE.”

    Inspiration

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      Arizona – texture/value/shade
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      Hawaii – pattern/balance/harmony
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      Mexico – repetition/unity/gradation
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      Costa Rica – line/direction/color
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