Designing great places

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Landscape architecture & community planning

VODA is a team of landscape architects and community planners based in Salt Lake City, Utah helping clients design great places. We use our experience to help private citizens, neighborhoods, communities, and cities transform their space into Great Places. With experience in sustainable planning and beautiful design, VODA focuses on creating places that are context sensitive and sustainable for our western climate.

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Our Team

Mark Morris, PLA, LEED AP
Mark Morris, PLA, LEED AP
Principal Landscape Architect
Mark Morris is a landscape architect and community planner for VODA, and is a LEED™ accredited professional. He has extensive site design experience throughout the Western U.S. Mark’s recent project experience includes crafting an Economic Development “Best Practice” policy for Salt Lake County, a site planning sustainability study for the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning, and a public outreach report for the Red Butte Creek Oil Spill for Salt Lake City.
Melanie Schmidt, PLA
Melanie Schmidt, PLA
Principal Landscape Architect
Melanie Schmidt is a landscape architect and community planner for VODA, and is a LEED™ accredited professional. She is a licensed Landscape Architect for the state of Utah and is also a Construction Document Technologist through the Construction Specification Institute. Melanie has extensive experience in master planning, parks and open space design, and site design in the state of Utah.
Laura Bandara
Laura Bandara
Community Planner & Landscape Designer
An award-winning landscape designer, Laura Bandara has engaged in a wide range of design and planning work from the iconic scale of Pearl Harbor, Hawai‘i to the intimate scale of a five-acre Virginia garden. Emerging from a background in political science and landscape architecture, her work explores the intersections of ecology and culture, past and future, everyday and extraordinary.
Devon Gibby
Devon Gibby
Landscape designer
Devon has experience in landscape design, planning, construction documentation, and visualization. He is passionate about urban design, transit-oriented development, site planning and analysis, and recreation planning. Devon loves finding new ways to visualize ideas and designs.

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