Catherine O'Connor

(rèsumè & firm philosophy)

Catherine O’Connor is owner and founding principal of Co’Design LLC, a WBE/HUB certified landscape architecture firm.  As our name suggests, our spirit is collaborative–we look for partners who share our passion as we know great projects emerge when talented design professionals and clients share ideas and leverage each others’ strengths. Our passion is designing artful, beautiful, healthful, safe and enriching spaces–places that are grounded in site, context, history, ecology and sustainable practice.

Regarding sustainability, we are intently mindful that our work must not only be measured by aesthetic standards but must proactively address a profound challenge of our time — a world of shrinking resources and changing climate. With each project, we are committed to contributing positively to the health of our man-made and natural surroundings.

Lastly and importantly, we find joy in our work– we take pride in creating places that we hope enrich people’s lives.



Harvard University
Masters in Landscape Architecture,

Duke University
Bachelor of Arts, 1983.

Registrations & Certifications
Registered Landscape Architect,
Texas, No. 2218

American Society of Landscape Architects, Member

Certified Minority-Owned & Woman-Owned Business with City of Austin

Certified HUB with
State of Texas

Certified HUB with
Travis County

Work Experience
Co’Design, LLC
Principal & Owner,

Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture
University of Texas at Austin,
School of Architecture,

Land Design Studio
Austin, TX, 1995-2004.

Martha Schwartz Inc.
Cambridge, MA, 1994-1995.

National Park Service
Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation, Brookline, MA,

Central Park Conservancy
New York, NY, internship, 1992.

BBDO Advertising Agency
New York, NY, 1987-1990.

Lowe Marschalk Advertising Agency
New York, NY, 1984-1986.

Professional Recognition
ASLA Merit Award (Texas)
University of Texas Liberal Arts Building, 2014

ASLA Merit Award (Texas)
Duval County Ranch, 2014

Keynote Speaker
Preservation Austin Annual Meeting, 2013

Natural Houses, The Residential Architecture of Andersson-Wise
Duval County Ranch Project landscape is featured in this monograph. Princeton Architectural Press, 2010.

Elle Decor
Stratford Residence, 01/02 2007.

American Society of Landscape Architects’ Texas Chapter Annual Conference, Spring 2002.

Texas Historic Commission Annual Conference, Spring 2001, Lecture Topic: “Transforming Landscape Preservation Theory into Practice”, 2001.

Landscape Architecture Magazine Merit Award
Landscape Preservation, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, 1997.

Featured expert
KLRU-TV documentary on the preservation of the Austin Museum of Art-Laguna Gloria, 1994.