Studio Outside 'Watch Wednesdays' a Welcome Addition to the Workweek

At Studio Outside, we're always looking for small ways to enhance our quality of work and our quality of life, and part of quality of work is continuing our education in landscape architecture and staying inspired. It's too easy to become chained to your desk at work and mired in routine in life, so I've been thinking of ways to add a little variety here and there.

One recent addition in the past couple weeks has been taking advantage of our new conference rooms (and flatscreen TVs!) to watch short films over the lunch break, which I've dubbed Watch Wednesdays! The goal is to take advantage of the lunch break, when many people are already eating at their desks or in the kitchen, and use it as a chance for some entertainment and inspiration for our profession. 

The first Watch Wednesday (WW) was a viewing for the office of the rediscovered 1967 film, The Walls are Rising, which I wrote about here. It sparked some interesting discussion about the ways Dallas has (and hasn't) changed over the last 50 years. The second WW was on an interesting short piece from Bassett & Partners called Briefly, which interviews prominent designers in a variety of fields about the value of a project brief, about creative inspiration, and the design process in general. Last week, we watched (or re-watched, in some cases) the iconic story The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, inspired by the synonymous book by William 'Holly' Whyte published in 1980. 

Below you can find our first three WW videos. How do you break up your work week or add interest to your daily routine? Let us know in the comments!



blogOutside bulletin: Studio Outside is now hiring!

Well, it's now 2015 and I can't imagine a better post to start off the new year. Studio Outside has continued to grow over the past year and we are now looking to add two passionate contributors to the team!

Read below for descriptions of the two positions: 

Studio Outside is now accepting resumes and portfolios from landscape architects and designers to fill two positions – one requiring zero to three years of working experience and one requiring four to eight years of experience who are available for immediate work in Dallas, Texas.  A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from an accredited university is required.

The successful candidate for the 0 to 3 year position will have a firm foundation in:

  • Design graphic skills and support documentation
  • Computer applications (AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketchup or other modeling programs)
  • Helping to execute construction documents

The individual will work with principals, associates, and project leaders in the office to collaborate on a variety of project types and scales.

The successful candidate for the 4 to 8 year position will have professional design and project management experience leading teams through all stages from concept through construction.  Outstanding design skills are especially important for this position.  In addition, this individual will lead a team by exhibiting strength in:

  •  Design skills from conceptual planning to refined detail and site design
  • Meeting deadlines and budget requirements
  • Construction methodologies to effectively oversee preparation of CD sets including hardscape, plant materials, specs, and bidding.
  • Coordination with several disciplines on various projects
  • Client relationships
  • Development of junior staff
  • Computer Applications (AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite)

The individual will work with principals and associates in the office to collaborate on a variety of project types and scales.

Studio Outside is an award winning landscape architectural practice located in the Deep Ellum District of Dallas. The studio team has more than 35 years of experience throughout the United States and overseas. Current commissions are approximately split with half of our work around Texas and half around the country. Visit for a comprehensive cross section of our diverse practice. Please also see our previous entries on the blog for more information on office interests and ongoing activities.

Studio Outside offers a half-day Friday schedule, and opportunities to grow professionally with the office and toward your personal goals. Studio Outside strongly supports all employees to become licensed and gears studio experience toward achieving that goal.

Please provide a portfolio and resume materials (hard copy or email is acceptable) to