Joe Chambers is a licensed Landscape Architect with over twenty-five years of experience creating landscapes of all types and sizes. He is passionate about the craft of detailing and about how landscapes can make cities more livable and ecologically sustainable places.
Joe spent much of his childhood in rural western Maryland knee deep in creek water, but after traveling to Europe for a summer at age eighteen he became fascinated with how cities are put together. (He walked more than twenty-five miles from central London through Brixton to Greenwich, just to see the layers of the city peel away.) He studied architecture at UVa, worked in Washington, DC and then went on the study landscape architecture at Harvard. Afterwards, he worked for some years at Carr Lynch Hack and Sandell in Cambridge, MA, on a several large park planning and urban design projects – the Lower Charles River Basin, Westside Waterfront in Manhattan and Prudential Center Redevelopment in Boston.
Joe has taught throughout his career, at UVa and Harvard as a student, at the Boston Architectural Center and Conway School in Western Massachusetts as an adjunct professor and finally full time at Penn State and Rutgers Universities. While an academic he wrote about construction methods, urban design and the work of Frederick Law Olmsted. Recently, he has been exploring how urban landscapes can mimic native plant communities, to make cites greener and more resilient in the face of environmental change.
Over his career Joe has designed many projects large and small – urban open space master plans, infrastructure landscapes, campuses, parks, botanic gardens, museums, streetscapes, green roofs, plazas and many residences and estates. After joining the firm, Joe was project manager of Eleanor Holmes Norton Park and several other of LAB’s projects at the Wharf. He is the leader of LAB’s sustainability initiatives, main quality control officer and project manager for many of LAB’s public projects. But he still loves to play in the water and get dirty whenever he can.
Joe joined LAB in 2014 and became a principal in the fall of 2017.