"Our students come from a wide array of professional and vocational backgrounds. Many students take a single course to address a specific need or interest, which leads to more courses, and eventually results in completing a Certificate. In many instances, coursework directly connects them to specific job opportunities, or supports a core set of values or interests that manifest into a career, with surprising results." - Todd Richardson
The ASLA 2010 Award of Excellence is the most recent recognition of Todd Richardson's award winning practice based in Saco, Maine. Receiving his MLA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Todd practiced for a few years in Portland, ME before establishing Richardson & Associates. He grew up in Hingham, MA, but summered in Maine, developing a strong affinity to its landscapes and opportunities to pursue his many outdoor activities: kayaking, hiking, fishing, and skiing. This engagement with the outdoors informs his design instincts. The ASLA jury summed up the characteristics of his approach, demonstrated in his award-winning design, as "A very light touch...the design fits its context." Trusting that site-sensitive design can reveal the abilities of a designer, his firm's web-site confidently lets the work alone speak directly to the viewer.
He has been teaching as long as he has been practicing, with his longest tenure at the Landscape Institute, teaching Landscape Construction: Materials & Methods, and Design III. Teaching allows him to have a different approach to talking and thinking about work than he can have with clients. Having one foot on the ground rooted in practice helps him give students something they are really hungry for, a balance between the esoteric and implementation.