Founded in 1993, Surface 678 adopted a new name in 2013 to reflect the broader values of our landscape architecture practice. Our new name derives from the medium in which we express our design.
Design is our focus. Our designs begin with a generative idea that shapes the foundation of the concept, creates an organizational structure that expresses itself in the design. Idea and expression create the sense of place and relevance of our work. The result is distinctive and sustainable places that satisfy residents, attract visitors, enrich working lives and encourage communities to take full advantage of their place.
Along with our design excellence, a major hallmark of our firm is our emphasis on collaboration and communication. Successful design is achieved through open, honest, and positive design collaboration among all parties. The collective intelligence derived from this communication presents itself as an satisfying and meaningful combination of architecture, landscape, and community.
Landscapes combine a design idea with the technical complexities of ecology, materiality and construction. Surface is where we perceive the balanced success of the complexities in relationships like soil, drainage, pavement and plant growth. 678 is a reference to our commitment to a region of similar culture, soils, climate and vegetation. Surface becomes the expression of the landscape’s beauty and function, serving the needs of the user, providing for social interaction, and reflecting and enhancing a site’s natural and built composition. To that end, Surface 678 is committed to creating iconic landscapes throughout the southeastern United States – specifically horticultural zones 6, 7, and 8.
Our services include architectural site design, urban design, sustainable solutions, parks, public spaces, transportation-related projects, community and recreational planning and development, and comprehensive master planning. Our clients include municipalities, cultural institutions, corporate and universities.