Chloe Humphreys is a British/ Kenyan landscape designer. She spent her formative years, after training in the UK, working in unique environments which have informed the sensitivity of her approach to landscape design. Initially in the Sonoran desert with Steve Martino where she learnt the sustainable and ethically need to create gardens using plants found in close proximity to the site, and Chile, where she formed a very close relationship working with Teresa Moller. The quiet humble approach that Teresa brings to landscape design allowed Chloe to realise that design must be born from careful observation of the site itself.
In 2014 Chloe formed The Landscape Studio together with her husband. The studio is a small award winning Landscape architecture and design firm based between East Africa and Spain.
The studio has already created solutions for a diverse portfolio of projects around East Africa and in Europe with a focus on being gentle and sensitive within the landscape, trying always to seek the balance between the requirements of the project brief and the natural world.
The focus is to achieve a restored balance with design solutions where the spaces in which we interact with our natural environment are mutually beneficial for the ecosystem and the people that inhabit it, and to explore the creation of new paradigms for these spaces, where urban, rural and natural can co-exist in a healthy balance.
Key to achieving these goals are our focus to improve biodiversity and the ecology on our sites and to investigate sustainable and locally sourced hardscape and planting solutions. We both love to explore the use of materials within our projects always fully researching local and culturally significant solutions. As a result observation of the existing conditions and understanding the context are fundamental to our approach.
The practice comes with an acute sense of responsibility, with the aim to produce fair and sustainable solutions that can stand the intensity of change in our times, whilst providing liveable spaces that can age with beauty and dignity.
Learn more about The Landscape Studio in the video of Chloe’s presentation at Landezine LIVE 2018 in Hamburg.