Laurel Holtzapple is founder and principal of groundworks studio. Laurel is a registered landscape architect with a passion for creating artful and sustainable designs that connect people with the landscape. She is a creative thinker, good listener, and skilled collaborator. Laurel spent a decade practicing at the internationally acclaimed landscape architecture firms of Olin Partnership and Andropogon Associates in Philadelphia. Laurel mentored with Carol and Colin Franklin of Andropogon Associates, protégées of groundbreaking landscape architect and author of “Design with Nature” Ian McHarg and with Laurie Olin of Olin Partnership, recipient of a National Medal of Arts award and designer of landmark landscapes around the world. Prior to founding groundworks studio, Laurel designed, managed and provided construction administration for large and complex projects including sculpture gardens, college campuses, green roofs, streetscapes, parks, botanical gardens, and historic courtyards. Laurel has been the Landscape Architect for the Plaza-Midwood Community Garden since 2004.

Project Experience:

Gap Rooftop Garden and Plaza, San Francisco, CA
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Bard College Village Dormitories and Apartments, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
University of Pennsylvania Archaeology and Anthropology Courtyard Garden, Philadelphia, PA.
Toledo Museum of Art Sculpture Garden
Penland School of Crafts Master Plan


Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Clemson University
Robert and Anna Lou Marvin Travel Fellowship: Charles E. Daniel Center for Building Research and Urban Studies in Genoa, Italy
Membership: ASLA, US Green Building Council, Plaza-Midwood Community Garden
Registration Landscape Registration: North Carolina, Pennsylvania