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Gateway Design Studio functions as a high performance based studio passionate with a commitment to responsible design, value and first rate quality service. Our experienced ownership and professional staff will deliver a rewarding full service approach to your project vision based on creative results, value and environmental stewardship to the community. 

We provide three core services which span over 25 years of experience in the design and planning industry. More importantly we understand the value of relationships with our clients which allows us to provide personal service and responsiveness to every project you entrust us with. This is our PROMISE to YOU!

Urban planning (urban, city, and town planning) provides a technical and political process dealing with the use of land and design of the urban environment, including transportation links, to guide and ensure a well developed community. Our planning process concerns itself with research and analysis, strategic thinking, urban design, public consultation, policy recommendations, implementation and management of the community resources.


The planning program at Gateway Design Studio provides first hand industry knowledge and expertise towards all aspects of analysis through final recommendations.  We believe that sustainable development has come to represent an ideal outcome in the sum of all planning goals


Our planning experience provides in-depth research and results pertaining to the sample listed products below:
•   Inventory and Analysis Plans
•   Overall Facility Master Plans
•   Land Planning/Zoning Documentation
•   Site Development Plans


An ongoing commitment to meet our clients needs is done by following a critical path with designated milestones that will lead to a successful result.


With our planning team YOU will experience an intimate and personal effort provided by our staff in order to develop design concepts that are reviewed continuously with the client to assure the best solution to the project’s needs are met.


Landscape Architecture is the design of outdoor public areas, landmarks, and structures to achieve environmental, social-behavioral, or aesthetic outcomes. At GDS we study the systematic investigation of existing social, ecological, and geological conditions and processes in the landscape, and provide sustainable design solutions that will produce the “highest best use” outcome.


Our LA Studio provides site planning; stormwater management; environmental restoration; parks and recreation planning; visual resource management; green infrastructure planning and provision; as well as design for private estates and residences; all at varying degrees of design development, planning and management.


Gateway Design Studio offers over 25 years of professional design expertise working on landscape architectural projects related to the following types of work:
•   Site Inventory and Analysis Plans and Reports
•   Site Development Plans and Reports
•   Landscape Plans and Specifications
•   Irrigation Sprinkler Plans and Specifications
•   Landscape Maintenance Manuals
•   Tree Preservation Plans and Specifications
•   Environmental Assessments


Our LA Studio integrates both the sciences and artistic realms of design in the development of the site related to contours, views, planting and aesthetics. Our goal is to incorporate all the facets of design into a solution which explores the senses of creating an experiential “sense of place”.


Environmental design is the process of providing solutions for surrounding environmental parameters when devising plans, programs, policies, buildings, or products. Environmental design also refers to the applied arts and sciences dealing with creating the man-made designed environment. Our studio design approach expands the environmental design approach to apply to ecological and sustainability issues.


Examples of our environmental design process include use of planning and design models in analyzing and designing a solution that meets sustainable design criteria. Our design studio consciously works within this framework of philosophy and practices to seek a cooperation of nature and technology, regarding ecology as the basis for design.


At Gateway Design Studio we believe that strategies of conservation, stewardship, and regeneration can be applied at all levels of scale from the individual site and building to the overall community as a whole, with benefit to the individuals and local and global ecosystems.

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Sculpture Park, Chesterfield MO

Rain Gardens

Lewis Park, University City, MO

The Sustainable Sites Initiative is a partnership of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and the United States Botanic Garden in conjunction with a diverse group of stakeholder organizations to establish and encourage sustainable practices in landscape design, construction, operations, and maintenance.

"GDS supports the core principals of SITES and we encourage our clients to look at certification of their projects in order to make a difference in our built environment."

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