Landscape Architects
Courtney McRickard

Mar 31, 2011
Landscape Architects

RLA, ASLA, Landscape Architect - Principal, Three Sixty Design

Areas of Specialty
Three Sixty Design is a landscape architecture and urban design firm specializing in all phases of development from analysis and feasibility studies through construction and final walk-through.
Our project types include Public Parks and Open Space, Urban Mixed Use, Residential Gardens, Sustainable, and Urban Design.

Designer Q&A with Courtney

What is your design philosophy?
We design places in harmony with nature that make a lasting impression while responding thoughtfully to natural, cultural, and economic conditions.

What led you to this career?
Growing up in Williamsburg, Virginia, I had an early appreciation of nature and gardens mixed with history and design. Landscape Architecture became a natural extension of many of those interests; although the beauty of landscape architecture is the practice is so diverse and project types lend themselves to such a varied scale: gardens, streetscapes, plazas, parks, etc.

What has been your favorite project and why?
Our latest projects are always my favorite because it means a new design challenge.  We are always trying to weave new technology into our designs so there is never a lack of opportunity to experiment. Our most recent project is using wetland and meadow as large landscape typologies that frame multiple outdoor rooms for play, relaxing, and entertainment.

Tell us about your most challenging project.
One of the most challenging projects was located on a property that has sweeping views of Pikes Peak and other notable Front Range features, but the space was completely unusable for the homeowners. Large rock outcroppings, sage brush, large pines, and an existing, inefficient, and rarely used water feature were the only things that populated the mountainside.
The property had a difficult, steep grade that needed to be accommodated in the finished landscape. Since the client wanted a pool, we had to get creative and ultimately built the pool nearly 12 feet above the existing grade. Photo gallery image #4.

What is your design process?
Three Sixty Design’s process begins with a holistic approach that identifies the site’s unique attributes to create a design solution that responds to the location’s specific needs. We evaluate each site to achieve an understanding of its ecological needs, and create designs in balance with nature.

Contact Information
Three Sixty Design
1590 Little Raven Street, 507
Denver, CO 80202

The courtyard was constructed deliberately as a semi-permeable surface, allowing water and roof runoff to soak into the ground, decreasing net runoff. Additionally, the striations provide a unique design element and add texture to the space.