Donohoe Design is a Vancouver-based landscape design and management firm that offers a unique mix of both principal design and full project management services to clients. Founded by designer, Ryan Donohoe, the firm’s success is rooted in Donohoe’s commitment to honouring his clients in the landscapes he creates.
His ability to adapt his unorthodox approach and international influences to a variety of properties and personalities has allowed him to work on a number of diverse sites and projects. From ultra-contemporary homes in West Vancouver to lush suburban acreages in Surrey, Donohoe creates highly bespoke, personalized environments—hand-selecting materials and custom building almost every detail in the design.
Since its founding in 2012, Donohoe Design has been at the helm of a fast-growing number of high end residential landscapes in British Columbia collaborating with partners like architect Tyler Schmidt, designer Scott Ponso, Open Space Architecture and The Tavan Group. In 2010, Ryan Donohoe was selected as one of the top three finalists for the Best Residential Landscape of the Year Award by the British Columbia Landscape & Nursery Association. After six years in business—honing a unique graphic style and finding success in a business model that provides full spectrum accountability to clients—Donohoe Design is winning projects from large and established competitors across the province.
Founder, Principal Landscape Designer
Ryan Donohoe studied horticulture in British Columbia and Landscape Design at the prestigious, London-based Inchbald School of Design.
Donohoe creates what he describes as ‘a linear language’ that is unique to each site. This language of repeated forms, angles and meticulous detailing provides context and continuity between his design and the existing site architecture and surrounding topography. He develops this stylized language through a lengthy process of discovery with his clients. Understanding their needs and their dreams; their past and present; how they feel when they touch certain materials; where they choose to sit when entering a room; their childhood home; their favourite artists—all of this informs how he transforms landscapes into lived and living canvases that grow and evolve with the people who live in them.Read More
Suffusing functionality with art, Donohoe’s signature style incorporates strong graphic and architectural elements contrasted with loose, matrix planting where varieties grow gracefully into one another. His guiding philosophy on sustainability is simple: Right place, Right plant. This means that the selection and placement of plant material takes into account the resources it needs to survive and is placed where it will require the least amount of maintenance for it to remain in optimum condition. He practices preservation over excavation where possible and educates his clients on maintenance and pruning practices to keep their landscapes vibrant.
Monica Candy has 20+ years experience in Business Management and Organizational Development. Energized by art and design, she translates the vision of her colleagues into the processes and systems that bring that vision to life.
Specializing in project management, process improvement and people potential techniques, she uses efficiency and innovation to improve workflow, timelines and satisfaction for employees and clients alike. Influenced by theories of interpersonal neurobiology and positive psychology, Monica builds operational systems that foster growth for the creative, the individual and the organization.
Jessica Oakes – MBCSLA
Partner, Landscape Architect
Jessica Oakes received her Masters in Landscape Architecture at the University of Edinburgh— one of Britain’s most distinguished landscape architecture programs. She brings a host of international influences to her work and process. Since her graduation in 2009, she has been honing her skills in field and is mastering the planning and applications process of landscape architecture through working with municipalities and their communities.
As a partner at Donohoe Design, she is a key decision maker and manager of client relationships. She sees projects from construction to completion through effective management of contractors and consultants. She enjoys being part of a continuous creative process that creates spaces for community and family to come together.
Julia Garcia Goncalves
Julia Garcia Goncalves received a Bachelor in Architecture & Urbanism and a Masters in Landscape Architecture in her home country of Brazil. She believes in the power of landscape design to promote health, happiness and inclusivity through creating spaces for socialization, relaxation and reconnection with nature. Julia believes that being a good listener is imperative to creating exterior spaces that clients feel joyous in.
She works internationally on projects in South America and the Middle East and in her most recent work, Julia has been collaborating with internationally renowned artists, developing landscape design as public art in Doha, Qatar. From conceptualization to construction, Julia approaches her work with sustainability for the future in mind and a goal to create landscapes that make people feel unified and alive.
Educated in São Paulo, Brazil, Alexandre Ruiz is a self-taught graphic artist with 21 years of experience in architectural landscape visualization and animation. He observes nature for inspiration and is always seeking to expand his knowledge and use of new technologies to produce detailed and realistic digital environments. Through his work, every plan and idea can be masterfully visualized and realized in 3-D animation. He enjoys complexity and professional rigour in the work he does.
Karin England – MBCSLA
Like many landscape professionals, Karin England’s connection to the land grew from a childhood spent romping through the great outdoors. An award-winning designer, she strives to provide people with engaging, sustainable outdoor spaces that enrich their lives. She is an accomplished practitioner and educator, with a Masters in both Teaching and Landscape Architecture.
With over 10 years of professional practice, Karin is a frequent collaborator with Donohoe Design. She has experience working at many scales—from campus master plans, commercial and institutional developments, to residential projects. She has served on the City of North Vancouver’s Advisory Design Panel, and is active as a lecturer and design critic.
Yong Xu Yu – MBCSLA
Yong Xu Yu has 15 years of experience in landscape architecture, urban design, environmental design, and community planning in North America, China, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. She is a registered member of BCSLA and LEED AP.
Yong Xu specializes in residential, mixed-use landscape design and open, public space with a focus on integrating sustainability into creative design. She has worked on major projects including the Cotai Hotel Casino Complex in Macao; the Pak Tin Community Hall Park and Tseung Kwan O Property Development in Hong Kong; the Nanaimo Ice Centre at Toronto City Place Park; and the Port Moody City Hall Outdoor Amphitheatre in British Columbia.
Jennifer Chiu is a freelance writer and artist working in film, television, design and technology. She is passionate about the written word and helps clients to utilize its power to realize and actualize creative vision and most importantly, to communicate that vision.
She is inspired by the work of her colleagues who bring to life the outdoor environments where individuals and families create memories and connections to one another.
Violet has only been working with Donohoe Design for a short time, but has proven to be a true connoisseur of landscape design. Specifically, she enjoys low flowering groundcovers (within bite range), and believes wholeheartedly in consistent aeration and irrigation of garden beds. Violet can usually be found in the office at Donohoe Design. Since her secretarial skills leave much to be desired, she focuses on greeting visitors and afternoon nap quality control.