WHO WE ARE
Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects, P.C. is
PASSIONATE: Our passion is the collective public landscape. We work with communities at local and regional scales to plan, design, and embrace stewardship at each site. Projects take the form of trails, greenways, parks, streetscapes, historic sites, and natural areas. We help clients and communities develop creative solutions that are sustainable, culturally sensitive, and cost effective.
EXPERIENCED: Our firm brings 34 years of practice as planners, landscape architects, and urban designers working in diverse communities. Creative problem solving and iterative, process-based thinking drive our practice. We paint a big picture of future opportunities coupled with detailed implementation strategies to achieve the vision and project mission. With years of experience, we astutely define key issues and challenges engaging in ongoing and relevant community dialogue, generating innovative solutions and effective results.
CREATIVE: We harness imaginative ideas and embrace the nuances of each problem to come up with unique and comprehensive solutions. We seek to engage communities to develop ideas from the ground up, articulating and refining visions and dreams.
COLLABORATIVE: We form, lead and work with multi-disciplined teams explicitly tailored for each specific project. Through careful collaboration, our teams—composed of designers, planners, engineers, scientists, cultural resource experts, interpretive planners, professional cost estimators, and others—respond to the inherent characteristics of sites and the context of the places and communities we engage.
VISIONARY: We employ regenerative and resilient design tools on every project to assist communities in shaping a more positive future, one that is responsive to immediate and long-term changes induced by factors such as limited budgets, climate change impacts, and demographic shifts.
Owner, Principal, Landscape Architect, ASLA
Mr. Klein, with thirty-nine years of experience in the field, is well known for his extensive expertise in planning and design of all kinds of “long and skinny places” including river corridors, byways, heritage areas, touring routes, greenways, and trails. Jim’s recent community-based master planning efforts have included the City of Bowie’s Trails Master Plan Update; waterfront master plans funded through Maryland’s Working Waterfront Program in Rock Hall, Tilghman Island, Bellevue, Oxford, and Port Deposit addressing both resiliency and economic development issues; and two corridor master plans in Lewes, Delaware. Jim served as the lead landscape architect for Virginia’s Route 50 Traffic Calming Project—a fifteen year national demonstration project for rural traffic calming. Mr. Klein recently completed a best practices guide for enhancing bicycling and walking along Maryland’s Main Streets and Scenic Byways for MDOT's State Highway Administration. Jim is currently designing access improvements for Chapel Point State Park as part of a public/private partnership between Maryland DNR and Charles County. Mr. Klein has graduate and professional degrees in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Vermont.