ELM was founded on relationships. That is still the driving force behind our firm: how can we prioritize people and relationships through design.

Tim Miller, Russ Ervin & Steve Lovett

Tim Miller, Russ Ervin & Steve Lovett

In 2001, Russ Ervin, Steve Lovett and Tim Miller partnered to found Ervin Lovett Miller, a place where the three could combine their individual passions for planning, architecture, landscape architecture and design in one collaborative environment. From the beginning, relationships were the priority. Relationships among the three partners, with their clients, throughout their staff, among the design disciplines, and between building and site.

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The ELM family grew in number and scale when the Seattle studio opened in 2011 under the experienced guidance of the company's fourth principal, Chris Overdorf. Since then, the studio has made a name for itself throughout the niche markets in which it operates: zoological planning and habitat design, parks and open space, and Native American Tribal development planning.

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ELM Values

Our Jacksonville and Seattle offices are linked by a set of shared common values that influence every aspect of our work.

Here are just a few of these characteristics that define our ELM company culture and set us apart:

Client relationships

We have worked successfully with public, private, non-profit and institutional clients, and we have extensive experience in large and small projects within several unique and specific practice niches.

We establish enduring professional relationships and friendships with our clients, become a valuable part of their team, and together create successful projects with sustaining value for their organizations, companies and communities.

Collaborative culture

We recognize that every successful project takes a team, and we seek opportunities to work with talented clients, fellow consultants and project stakeholder groups. Our best and most enjoyable work is with clients and team members who are active participants in their work.

Understanding of special places

Our firm, partners and team have had the opportunity to work on conservation and development projects in diverse geographies and unique natural and urban settings. In all assignments, it is of paramount importance that our work reflects the indigenous natural, social and contextual qualities unique and special to every place.

A “small is beautiful” structure

We are purposefully a small, strategic firm with an intractable commitment to quality, efficiency, focus and client responsiveness. At the same time, we have the capability and expertise to successfully manage and complete large complex projects typically found in very large firms. Our clients benefit from our nimble structure and personal principal-level attention.