Chris Overdorf, ASLA, PLA


Chris’s exceptional talent as a planner and designer of large, open environments has earned him wide acclaim and many professional awards and recognition. His project experience spans zoological master planning and design; botanical master planning and design; parks and open space; corporate campus planning and commercial; golf course master planning and design; residential, educational, and learning campuses; regional and community planning; visual impact assessments; and transportation corridors. Chris’s widely diverse projects can be found in 20 states, including Hawaii and Alaska, as well as in Canada, Ireland, Mexico, Israel, and South Korea.

A nationally certified landscape architect, Chris studied geography and computer science at the United States Military Academy, West Point, and he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), American Planning Association (APA), American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), and the Indigenous Mapping Network (IMN).

Chris is a highly regarded expert in his profession. A frequent speaker at forums and conferences, he was co-author of Landscape Architecture Graphic Standards Zoo Design, published by John Wiley & Sons, and his articles have appeared in various professional journals and news publications. He has also served on the professional advisory committee for the Department of Landscape Architecture at both Washington State University and the University of Washington.


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Featured Project Experience

Additional Project Experience

Balboa Park Land-Use, Circulation & Transportation Plan – San Diego, California
Boise Creek Ecological Restoration Plan – Enumclaw, Washington
Carbon River Valley Stewardship Plan – Carbon River, Washington
Dublin Zoo, Kaziranga Forest Trail – Dublin, Ireland
Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve – Whidbey Island, Washington
High Lonesome Ranch Conservation & Development Plan – Grand Junction, Colorado
Jacksonville Zoo, Nature Play Park – Jacksonville, Florida
Lake Forest Park Urban Forest Canopy Assessment – Lake Forest Park, Washington
Medina Creek Ecological Restoration Plan – Medina, Washington
Mendenhall Campground & Skater’s Cabin – Restoration, Juneau, Alaska
Necanicum Estuary Vision Plan – Seaside, Washington
Newhalem and Diablo Master Landscape Plan and Design – Newhalem, Washington
Nisqually ILARIS Low-Impact-Development Framework & Resort Master Plan – Nisqually River Watershed, Washington
Puget Sound Ecosystem Recovery Action Plan – Puget Sound Basin, Washington
Santa Ana Zoo, Africa Live! Phases I&II – Santa Ana, California
Santa Ana Zoo, Ocelot Habitat & Breeding Center – Santa Ana, California
Semiahmoo Spit Parks, Trails & Open Space Master Plan – Blaine, Washington
Snoqualmie Park Scenic View Park, North Bend, Washington
Toledo Zoo, Nature’s Neighborhood – Toledo, Ohio
US93 Corridor Planning Through the Flathead Indian Reservation – Evaro to Polson, Montana
Washington State Invasive Species Council Baseline Assessment – Washington State, Washington
Washington State Parks Green Vision Master Plans – Puget Sound, Washington
Washington State Parks Sound-Friendly Vision Plan – Puget Sound Basin, Washington
ilcox Farms Interpretive Trail – Roy, Washington

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