Our Approach


Our focus is on creating “people spaces”.  Our discipline is strictly landscape architecture and planning, with most of our built projects located within Colorado, with a few in Wyoming and Washington.  Our recreation master planning efforts extend across the United States. A collaborative design effort with our strong client base assures a sense of ownership in the final product.

Creating Community is our Vision Statement, one that is incorporated into each project as a guiding principle.

Our Story

Design Concepts was founded in 1981 by Axel Bishop and Robby Layton. Principal Carol Henry joined them as partner in 1999 and is now President. Principals Shanen Weber and Erik Spring joined the firm in 1994 and 2002 respectively. 

The firm’s discipline is solely landscape architecture and planning based out of their Lafayette, Colorado office. The firm maintains its focus on public spaces across Colorado; notably parks, trails and recreation, schools, campuses, destination playgrounds, city and town master planning (nationwide), drainage/wetland areas, and greenbelt-oriented development planning. Other projects have included historic preservation and churches.

We are an award-winning landscape architectural planning and design firm. We create places that strengthen and foster communities. Our belief is that excellence in design of outdoor spaces creates community, improves public health, and naturally preserves and enhances environments.

Our Services


Creating healthy communities with active and passive play and connections to nature

Community Planning

Responsible development of public and private property to foster the health of its people and environment

Irrigation Design

Water conservation through efficient design and planning for sustainable and maintainable landscapes


Integrated and innovative learning landscapes and schoolyard planning and design

Destination Play

Planning and design of magical playgrounds where kids run free for adventures and learning

Trails & Open Space

Sustainable and resilient design with minimal impact on our environment

GRASP Analysis

A parks planning tool to identify gaps and make recommendations for future recreation and open space needs

Other Services and Specialized Qualifications


Park & Recreation Facilities

Trails & Open Space Areas

Outdoor Learning Centers & Educational Campuses

Historic Preservation

Drainage Improvements

Destination Playgrounds

City & Town Master Planning

Wetlands & Drainage Areas

New Urban Communities

Streetscapes & Greenways

Public Facilitation Skills

Park and Recreation Master Planning

Design and Detailing for Adventure Playgrounds and Creative Site Theming

Detailed Construction Documents and Administration for Public Spaces

Incorporation of Art

CMGC Experience

Site Development Approval Process

Urban Space Design

Irrigation Design

Innovative Design for Wetlands, Streams & Drainage Areas

Educational Campus Design

Budget Methodology & Cost Control

Strong connection to Sustainable Landscapes, including LEED Certification

Project Management & Communication

Quality Control in Documents and Construction

Innovative & Buildable Designs

Graphic visualization and 3D rendering