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

Axel Bishop and his partner, Robby Layton, founded Design Concepts in 1981, and are both still active in the firm today.  Carol Henry joined them as partner in 1999 and is now the Managing Principal.  Shanen Weber became Principal in 2009. 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.  Design Concepts celebrated 30 years in 2011. 

Our Services

Firm Focus Areas

Park & Recreation Facilities

Trails & Open Space Areas

Outdoor Learning Centers & Educational Campuses

Historic Preservation

Destination Playgrounds

City & Town Master Planning

Wetlands & Drainage Areas

New Urban Communities

Streetscapes & Greenways

Specialized Qualifications


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