Landscape Architecture

Blending Science and Art to Create Attractive, Sustainable Landscapes

Landscape architecture is a discipline that blends science and art to deliver sustainable solutions that benefit the built and natural environments. Whether your project is a small site design, a local park, large multi-use development, or wetland bank, Clark Engineering’s landscape architecture team is dedicated to your project, from initial conception to final implementation. We apply our knowledge of the environment to create sustainable landscapes. Once your design is completed, we can also assist with your landscape management plan.

Site Planning

Clark’s landscape architectural staff looks at the site as a whole, considering topography, soils, hydrology, and overall goals of the client and end user when designing the landscape plan. This comprehensive approach enables us to work effectively with engineers to develop a landscape plan that fits the site and its infrastructure, has adequate drainage, and makes efficient use of the owner’s maintenance budget for the long term.

Native Plant Restoration

Using native plants to restore a site or landscape often provides substantial benefit because these native plants are adapted to the environment and withstand local weather, common diseases, and wildlife. These characteristics reduce maintenance requirements, thereby reducing long-term costs. Clark’s landscape architecture and environmental staff has the experience to use native plants for the benefit of the environment and the owner.


Protecting the environment is important to our team. We understand the requirements of a successful wetland mitigation or stormwater management system. Our top priorities in designing a wetland mitigation site are preserving and enhancing existing wetland functions. When a wetland creation is required, the goal is to develop a site that mimics the functions of nature. Created wetlands can be used for wetland mitigation or for the purpose of treating stormwater. The Clark team has designed three wetland banks in South Dakota.

Sustainable Design

Clark Engineering is committed to reducing negative ecological impacts through skillful and thoughtful design services. We truly understand the need to minimize society’s impact on the environment by designing infrastructure that focuses on environmentally friendly materials and maintenance practices. Our goals are twofold – improving our clients’ bottom line and creating innovative and meaningful investments.

Best Management Practices

The landscape architect’s toolbox includes a variety of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for managing stormwater and maximizing the life of a landscape plan. Clark’s landscape architecture and environmental team understands the interaction of soil, water, and plants in the context of a development site and works with engineers and the client to design a landscape that is beautiful, sustainable, and durable.

Stormwater Management

As development occurs, managing stormwater is key to preventing erosion and protecting downstream water bodies. A well-designed landscape provides for infiltration and controls the flow of stormwater, in addition to beautifying the site.

Master Planning

The artistic side of landscape architecture truly flourishes at the outset of a project, when the location and type of site infrastructure is determined. The landscape is a key component of site infrastructure. By looking at a site as a whole or system, the landscape architect is able to enhance the site via the use of stormwater management features, careful plant selection, and overall layout of the landscape elements.

Rain Gardens

A rain garden can be an important piece of a community’s stormwater management infrastructure. Regardless of the type, the intent of rain gardens is to filter out pollutants in stormwater runoff before they can cause environmental harm. Clark’s landscape architects and civil engineers are skilled in designing rain gardens that can help minimize the impacts of stormwater on a variety of sites.

Urban Forestry

A tree inventory provides information that assists a community in developing an action plan and budgeting. Inventories help determine which trees can be treated for disease, removal, and replacement. Clark has the experience to guide communities through the components of the South Dakota Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grants to improve the urban forest.

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Cemetery Design and Planning

Cemeteries are everlasting places of reflection, honor, remembrance and full of historical artwork. Clark can assist in gaining an understanding of the circumstances, physical environment, and financial needs. With these considerations in mind, we are able to tailor an approach that meets the needs of our clients. We provide updates to cemetery maps, designing a garden, master planning, expansion and overseeing construction.

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