Laurie McRostie Landscape Architect is committed to sustainable landscape design that integrates the resources of each unique environment with the vision and dreams of the community or individual who will live on and use each site.


Laurie McRostie has practiced Landscape Architecture for over 25 years. She is an award winning designer and is experienced in both residential and commercial design.  The last few years she has focused her design in the urban core working with clients to renovate landscapes. Stormwater management issues are critical in these locations and creative solutions have been developed to both manage water and to use the landscape for food production, gardening, native plantings or for other traditional recreational activities and personal enjoyment.

Sustainable design for development of new sites is also a service that is provided.  Detailed analysis of site features, an understanding of the client’s needs, integration with current technologies, and an understanding of the building requirements provide design for a project that is holistic from the ground up.  Minimal impact to the existing site, saving trees, controlling grading and site disturbance, and protection of existing resources are all critical issues considered in selecting the location for a new building and developing a design for how the site will be used.

All designs are prepared with construction, installation and maintenance in mind. The selection and placement of materials is determined based on availability from local sources, durability, environmental soundness, cost, and aesthetic appeal.


Collaborative design is essential to the success of any project. We are committed to working with all members of a design team to produce the best project possible. Owners, Architects, builders and all other specialists are all part of an integrated approach and each one brings a critical part to the design process.  The Passive House in the Woods is an example of this approach. Owner, Architect and Landscape Architect worked together from the beginning to develop a plan that placed the building footprint on the site in a way that used the site to the best advantage.  Maximum solar exposure, controlled tree loss, minimal grading, welcoming and easy access, control of storm water, and places outside for the owner to use in nature were  all captured in a site design that supports a Passive House.

View the landscape architecture plans for the Passive House in the Woods:

Master Landscape Plan (PDF file)


Laurie McRostie Landscape Architect
2117 Minneapolis Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55406