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Our mission is to bring delight and engagement with the natural world
to every project, however urban, as a matter of human necessity.

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Caitilin Pope Daum

Owner/ Principal Designer

Caitilin earned a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and worked for the nationally recognized firm Walker Macy before starting her own landscape design company in 2012. She has worked on projects from rural homesteads to university campuses and enjoys the challenges of marrying individual needs with ecological caretaking. When not obsessing over other people’s landscapes, you can find her making art, playing music, or working on her own mini-homestead in Northeast Portland.

Registration and Professional Associations
  • Registered Landscape Architect, State of Oregon #0763
  • Member: ASLA, International Living Future Institute, Build Local Alliance
  • Certified Permaculture Designer
  • Certified Backyard Habitat Designer

Kyla Tanaka

Associate Landscape Architect

Kyla is a registered Landscape Architect with over 14 years of professional experience. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of California Berkeley and has worked since then primarily with Miller Company Landscape Architects in San Francisco, CA. Her work includes affordable and market-rate multi family housing, corporate campuses, city parks and playgrounds, elderly care facilities, child care facilities, transitional housing for the formerly incarcerated, and extensive work on green schoolyards in the public and private sectors. Kyla has recently relocated with her family back to the Pacific Northwest where she grew up.

Registration and Professional Associations
  • Registered Landscape Architect, State of California #5549, State of Oregon #0963
  • LEED Accredited Professional
  • US Green Building Council Member
  • Currently Serving on the Design Advisory Group for the Renovation of Kellogg Middle School in the South Tabor Neighborhood of Portland

what people say

“Having Caitilin on board with the Alberta St Pub patio renovation expanded my conception of what was even possible, and brought to life ideas that have now become reality. She carefully listened to what I was wanted and then gently brought me around to new ways of looking at the big picture. She understands how a space can work for a variety of gatherings and seasons, and how a landscape and its structures will grow, change, and weather over time. It was incredibly valuable to have her technical expertise in dealing with mundane issues like roof runoff and permit requirements – items that were way off my radar and could have been very frustrating otherwise. I am very glad that she was part of our team.”

Django Amerson, owner Alberta St Pub

what people say

“We absolutely loved working with Caitilin for our yard. We were truly at a loss about what to do as it isn’t that large but has a lot of changes in elevation. She was great at listening to things we liked and desired for our space and then creating a great design that was feasible and went above and beyond what we thought could be done with our little yard. We get so many compliments on how our home is looking from passing neighbors to long time friends. It has come a long way from when we bought it and we are thankful Caitilin helped create the vision to frame our home. ”

Matt and Anna Norman, homeowners

what people say

“We worked closely with Caitilin in designing and executing a long term, complex landscape project for our backyard in the Hawthorne District. After meeting and sharing ideas and photos, she designed an incredibly thoughtful, detailed, and creative plan for our backyard. I immediately knew that she understood exactly what we wanted. We love our new space and we look forward to working with her in the next phase of our project. I recommend her for any landscaping project; she is exceptional.”

Liana Corliss, homeowner

what people say

“We worked with Caitilin to design a landscape for our new preschool. She is terrifically good at stepping back and seeing the big picture, and then creatively and logically turning that into beautiful and functional spaces. Working with her we really gained an understanding of the way a landscape can work as a whole, and of the parts and pieces that complement that vision. She was always a thoughtful listener, but didn’t hesitate to share her point of view. In the end we felt like our ideas were an important part of the design, but the design itself gave our thoughts order and unity that was uniquely hers.

We often reflect on how fortunate we were to have worked with her, and the feedback we’ve gotten from visitors and parents on the landscape design has reinforced this feeling. ”

Norina Beck, teacher and cofounder at Rising Song Preschool

what people say

“When we decided to completely redo our yard, we had some vague ideas but we weren’t sure exactly what we wanted. Caitilin did a fantastic job of translating our general concepts into a beautiful landscape—one that suits us perfectly. She also provided excellent advice when it came to finding drought-resistant plants that look great but don’t require a lot of maintenance. We get compliments from people walking by our front yard every day. I recommend her work highly. ”

Lisa Cannon, Homeowner