Damon Oriente Ltd. is a ‘design’ office: I believe that good design does matter, whether it affects us directly or subconsciously, and I work to make every design solution a good solution. Like abstract art, or impressionist or surrealist art, I like built designs that have some endurance; places that need to be looked at for some time to understand them. And ideally, places that are worthy of being looked at for more than a moment.
I like to see projects built, and I bring a pragmatic approach to all design and planning projects regardless of scale or complexity. It is important to me that my designs ‘work’ from the conceptual to detail stage, and are grounded and logical. At the same time, I believe that good design requires careful attention to balance, simplicity and working with the site and it’s surroundings.
The office project history includes residential and public sector work in British Columbia and Yukon, and commercial and multi-family projects in the lower mainland. On balance, there is a significant body of custom residential projects, some park and heritage public space projects, and a modest number of multifamily projects.
In general, the approach is to look at landscape design from a spatial and architectural perspective, both for hard landscape and planting elements. This approach applies to private gardens, housing projects and public spaces.
As a smaller office, I believe that we provide a personal, responsive design service to our clients. I have no desire to be the least expensive option, believing that giving good value takes time, care and attention.
Damon Oriente studied landscape architecture at the University of British Columbia. He returned to complete a Masters of Science degree, specializing in Forest Resource Management.
He has been a member of Advisory Design Panels in Port Moody, Richmond, First Shaughnessy and Chair of the Advisory Design Panel for the University Endowment Lands.
Currently he is vice-chair of the Advisory Design Panel for the Squamish First Nation, and a member of the Credentials Committee for the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects.
He formed his own office after eight years with other landscape architectural firms in Vancouver. In addition, he worked for four years for UMA Engineering, as part of the Planning and Community Infrastructure Division.