INTERVIEW WITH JOSE ALMINANA, ASLA, LEED AP, PRINCIPAL, ANDROPOGON

Your work takes a non-invasive, minimal approach to the landscape. How do you balance the desire to design or structure a site with preserving a site’s existing ecology?

For Andropogon, the design comes from the basic elements of the site, but these elements are not static, stylistic features, they are the structuring features of the site that reveal on-going natural (and cultural) processes. We do not see designing with site processes as a restriction. Instead, close observation of nature (and culture) and of natural and cultural patterns and processes gives the landscape architect an almost infinite vocabulary. Our work is fundamentally a place-based design that strives to reveal the “inherent” ecological aesthetic of each place.

Your project for the Nikko Kirifuri Spa and Hotel is in a beautiful part of Japan. How does the site reflect traditional Japanese views of landscape?  Read full artilce in ASLA.