"There are no small projects." --client to Cheryl
"Do the small story, and it's not small if you do it well." Gay Talese
Cheryl Corson designs spaces that offer her clients a deep sense of comfort, security, and beauty. She knows that our outdoor environment powerfully influences our health and well being, and that our enviroment - and our health - can be improved more easily than we sometimes think. Cheryl launched her private practice in 2003.
Cheryl Corson Design, LLC is a Maryland and U.S. Dep't. of Transportation certified minority business enterprise (MBE/DBE), specifically certified for landscape design and consulting (NAICS Code 541320), playground safety inspections (NAICS Code 541690), writing and journalism (NAICS Code 711510). Cheryl is a Maryland licensed landscape architect (#3734), and has been a CPSI (Certified Playground Safety Inspector #19343-0215) since 2003. She welcomes opportunities to partner with other contractors and design professionals on government, private, and institutional projects.
Although Cheryl is experienced with the USGBC's LEED rating systems, she has chosen not to become LEED certified. Instead, she does what any good landscape architect has always done: keep water on site in functional, safe and beautiful ways, favor plants that provide the greatest wildlife value, specify building materials and methods that reduce urban heat island effect and are as locally sourced as possible, and more.
Recent legislation to restore the Chesapeake Bay Watershed has given us all incentives to learn more, and to quantify our goals and strategies. Being a landscape architect in the Chesapeake Bay area is especially exciting because rapidly evolving methods are being tested, evaluated, and systematized relative to stormwater management and other low impact development practices. We all do better work when we experiment and learn from one another. Cheryl is proud to be an active member of this diverse professional community.
Below the surface of how any landscape looks, is how it performs, which it must, no matter the style. Does circulation accommodate people (or baby strollers, or wheelchairs) and vehicles with ease? Does water drain from walkways and away from buildings? Is there shade and sun, where and when needed? When these and other questions are addressed, a good designer can make it look contemporary, English, French, Asian, Georgian, or any other way. Stylistic preferences should reflect the owner's sensibilities. A good designer is versatile and even chameleon-like, which is what makes it fun working with all kinds of clients and project types.
Design has always been central in Cheryl Corson's career. In the 1980s, her company Acadia Design produced hand woven accessories sold at Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy's. Later, she became a public art administrator for the states of Maine and Colorado, collaborating with artists, design professionals and community members. This work drew her to landscape architecture. Cheryl's B.A. is in Public Adminstration, and she holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Cheryl was Continuing Education Manager for the American Society of Landscape Architects in the mid-90s. She has been a guest critic at the University of Virginia, University of Maryland, and the Rhode Island School of Design. She has taught landscape design studios at the George Washington University and the University of Maryland. She taught a popular landscape design workshop series at the U.S. Botanic Garden from 2004-2011. Cheryl enjoys writing articles and giving talks on various aspects of landscape architecture.
Cheryl lived in a Brooklyn, NY, apartment building until she was 17. Her earliest experiences of nature were at the beach in Coney Island, and at her grandmother's "sleep-away" summer camp in the Catskills. After about 5 years living in lower Manhattan, she moved to Mount Desert Island, Maine, where she's cared for 1/4 acre of land (and a home) adjacent to Acadia National Park since 1984.
Fast forward a bit...after 10 years in Washington, DC, she and her husband moved to a 5 acre property 20 miles away, near Maryland's Patuxent River. Caring for this land has given Cheryl and her husband invaluable experience in landscape restoration and management - and with heavy equipment. They grow hundreds of species of plants in this living laboratory, and astounding amounts of organic vegetables and fruit.
Recently, Cheryl traveled in Guatemala, Belize, and Chiapas, Mexco, experiencing ancient Mayan cities, travelling on rivers and lakes, and in one very large cave. She will be learning from this trip for years to come.