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David Bartsch

Landscape Architecture LLC

David Bartsch

Landscape Architecture  LLC

Your Landscape...

Let's make it all it can be.

David is a licensed landscape architect practicing in New England. Master Planning, Site Design, Permitting, Construction Oversight, Full Project Management - step by step, we help to achieve a beautiful property for you with less risk, better results, and higher value.

"The best decision we made was to hire David's company."

H. Segalas - Vero Beach, FL

Portfolio DBLA Landscape Outdoor Kitchen at waterfront

Custom outdoor kitchen, custom fence design, patio walls and steps down to the pool, stone paving, infrared grill, all finely integrated with the house architecture.

Around for more than twenty years, DBLA can answer your questions about the art and science of landscape architecture and how it can help you.

Since 1999, DBLA has worked with homeowners, building-architects, engineers, legal and real estate professionals and government agencies to bring out the best that big and small properties have to offer.

DBLA renders extraordinary places from ordinary spaces.

DBLA removes the mystery and the risk for increased value and better function of your property.

Clients talk about David Bartsch Landscape Architecture

"Good Listener. The firm is knowledgeable and trustworthy, understood our needs."

D. Knise - McLean, VA
President and CEO of a national insurance company

"Very good design emerged... it was on schedule and within expected expenditures. To implement the aesthetic qualities of the design, it was important that the designer oversee the construction crew. Environmentally conscious and innovative."

D. Brown - Washington, DC
Senior Vice President/Public Policy and General Counsel of a national media association, retired

"Very difficult project. David was creative, reliable, and technically expert. We did not get a second quote, David was it."

S. Matarese - Franklin Lakes, NJ
Business Administrator for a private medical/surgical practice

"Exellent and timely. Works to save the client's money, and balanced the design with realistic costs. Followed up after the job was completed."

C. L. Huston III - Chester Springs, PA
Philanthropist and Community Adviser, Vice President for Community Relations, and Director of Operations for family foundation

"D. Bartsch exceeded my expectations in terms of creativity and 'ownership'. Very professional."

T. Young - Raleigh, NC
Executive with national boutique management consulting firm

"Accurate, Innovative, and Experienced. Good problem solver and he designs well to the setting."

V. Norton - Nantucket, MA
Founder of a private trust for historic preservation

Call or e-mail and let's talk about your landscape!

Portfolio of Selected Works - Landscape Architecture at its best

Portfolio DBLA Vanishing Edge Pool Nantucket Polpis 4 Landscape Architecture at its best

Vanishing edge for quiet times or your ultimate party

Portfolio DBLA Vanishing Edge Pool Nantucket Polpis Landscape Architecture

Hang around beneath the pergola and grill your favorites

Portfolio DBLA Vanishing Edge Pool Nantucket Polpis 2 Landscape Architecture

White noise gives a sense of peace and tranquility

Portfolio DBLA Patio Andover Landscape Architecture

Raised beds and patio among gardens give spaces their own character

Portfolio DBLA Patio Andover 3 Landscape Architecture

Gardens bring out our best

Portfolio DBLA  Nantucket Greenleaf Landscape Architecture

From terrace to lawn to rough, no more than needed

Portfolio DBLA Nantucket Greenleaf 2 Landscape Architecture

Integrating the outdoors and the indoors with middle zones

Portfolio DBLA Spa Nantucket Greenleaf 2 Landscape Architecture

Path and steps to the hot water spa give it a place of its own

Portfolio DBLA Spa Nantucket Greenleaf Landscape Architecture

A circle in a series of ovals makes this hot water spa totally custom

Portfolio DBLA Outdoor Cooking Patio Falmouth Landscape Architecture

Outdoor dining is part of the house and part of the landscape

Portfolio DBLA  Falmouth Landscape Architecture

Easy steps down to the pool offer a series of places to enjoy

Portfolio DBLA Swimming Pool Nantucket Brewster Rd. Landscape Architecture

Integrating changes with the existing lay of the land for a natural setting

Portfolio DBLA Color Drawing Patio Design Nantucket Pocomo Rd. Landscape Architecture

Plan for a fire pit and terrace for entertaining and gardens

Portfolio DBLA Color Drawing Patio Pool Design Nantucket Pocomo Rd. Landscape Architecture

Plan for a partial perimeter-overflow pool and integrated spa

Porfolio DBLA Roundabout Marthas Vineyard Landscape Architecture

A roundabout on the Vineyard relieves what was an awful intersection

Porfolio Public park Les Renardiers Courbevoie 2 Landscape Architecture

A forty-foot drop across a city block outside Paris becomes magical

Porfolio DBLA Public Park at Cordaville 3 Landscape Architecture

A simple public open space affords breathing room and joy to many

Porfolio DBLA Public Park at Cordaville 2 Landscape Architecture

Corten steel signage for a modern-rustic appeal 

Porfolio DBLA Street Intersection State House Boston Landscape Architecture

A poorly-functioning intersection at the State House - before changes

Porfolio DBLA Street intersection State House Boston 3 Landscape Architecture

A better-functioning intersection at the State House - after changes

Portfolio DBLA Park Nantucket Fair St Main St 7 Landscape Architecture

A private yard once was a croquet pitch, before the Land Bank bought it

Portfolio DBLA Park Nantucket Fair St Main St 2 Landscape Architecture

That same yard becomes a beloved public park right downtown

Portfolio DBLA Park Nantucket Fair St Main St 6 Landscape Architecture

Maritime stone and well situated furnishings make a comfortable place to hang out

Portfolio DBLA Park Nantucket Fair St Main St 5 Landscape Architecture

Fully accessible and engaging, this park invites relaxation

Portfolio DBLA Nantucket Creek Ln Landscape Architecture

A sloped lawn from the house becomes a terrace and a play yard

Portfolio DBLA Fire Place Swimming Pool Wellesley Landscape Architecture

Summer parties on the pool patio, fall fires by the spa, 'nuf said 

Portfolio DBLA Patio Nantucket Barstow Ln Landscape Architecture

Once a weed-strewn back yard, now a place to entertain, or sun with book

Portfolio DBLA Patio Nantucket Barstow 3 Landscape Architecture

The spaces between places need their own character too

Portfolio DBLA Nantucket Capaum Pond Landscape Architecture

Gardens form spaces while maintaining transparency

Portfolio DBLA Nantucket Capaum Pond 2 Landscape Architecture

A comfortable entry with a driveway that's actually easy to navigate

Portfolio DBLA Swimming Pool Nantucket Capaum Pond Landscape Architecture

A private water feature for plunging or just floating among friends

Portfolio DBLA Tennis Court Nantucket Barstow Landscape Architecture

Tennis carved out of the woods - but a short walk from the dining patio

Portfolio DBLA Swimming Pool Nantucket Monomoy Landscape Architecture

A wet sun deck for cooling off in the garden

Portfolio DBLA Swimming Pool Nantucket Monomoy 2 Landscape Architecture

Sometimes it's better without a pool deck - for the natural look

Portfolio DBLA Pergola Nantucket Eel Point Landscape Architecture

Custom gates and pergola suggest where to go and invite exploration

Portfolio DBLA Outdoor Cooking Patio Nantucket Greenleaf 2 Landscape Architecture

Room for the chef to work wonders

Call or e-mail and let's talk about your landscape!

What is landscape architecture?  It's Site Planning, Design, Permitting, and Project Management to ensure you get the best results that last a lifetime with the least risk.

David Bartsch Landscape Architecture LLC is a professional site planning and design firm. We get projects started well, permitted, and built to last. Based in Boston and Nantucket and in business since 1999, DBLA brings customized service and exceptional, thoughtful design solutions to residential and commercial property owners, public agencies, developers, and allied design professionals.

Portfolio DBLA Park Nantucket Fair St Main St 5 Landscape Architecture

A new downtown park - fully accessible with custom fountain, maritime granite details, unique period lighting, and lush plantings for all to enjoy.


Our focus is to help land owners and decision makers to move ahead with the best information available. We develop cost effective, functional and beautiful solutions that enhance long-term value, utility and appearance. In socially and environmentally responsible ways, we make great places.

The Big Picture

Our whole-project perspective integrates and informs the work of surveyors, engineers, and building-architects. Our collaborative process and comprehensive results add meaning, fresh originality, and a finer level of aesthetic and technical finish to every setting.


Sustainability informs each aspect of our work. It has been an integral part of landscape architects' practice since the profession's formal recognition in 1899.

Site Planning and Landscape Design

DBLA's purpose is to work with you to create a landscape the reflects your style and your needs. David brings decades of experience and broad study of world-renowned places across the globe. Ongoing research and evolving experience informs design through selective materials, their proper placement and innovative layout, great use of light, symmetry, and rhythm to result in truly engaging places.

A homeowner might seek a cutting-edge swimming pool or a fountain, a bold plane of wild grasses, lush gardens, sport courts, or private spots to cook, dine, entertain, or relax outdoors.

Commercial properties require better visibility, improved lighting, parking and driveways that actually work, with plantings and circulation that is clear and helps organize and improve a busy setting.

Our work for municipal and state agencies makes public spaces better for many people, from improved roadways and roundabouts, to public parks, to multimodal zones with overlapping purposes. We help to plan, design, permit, and oversee implementation of meaningful improvements.

Portfolio DBLA Swimming Pool Nantucket Cisco Landscape Architecture

A private summer home with a sunken pool area to enjoy sunbathing out of the wind.

Here for You

Whatever your needs, DBLA uses your property context and impacts from the sun, wind, slopes, and other inherent land features to improve your property and meet your budget - not just for design and construction, but for ongoing maintenance and operations.

DBLA listens. It's your property and we'll help make it all it can be.

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A Quick Bio

From 1999, David Bartsch has been principal of DBLA, working from Boston and Nantucket.

For nine years before establishing DBLA, David worked with other leading firms on a variety of project types in Boston, Seattle and Paris, including public parks, regional high schools, assisted living facilities, garden-cemeteries, and custom private homes.  David oversees projects from Program Development through Construction to Operations, managing effective team composition and getting the most from supportive collaboration. 

David's direct involvement creates cost savings and higher quality results. Hallmarks of his professional service include sustainable design, close client support, technical expertise, new and unique interpretations of space and form, close attention to detail and materials, and achieving unsurpassed results with innovation, creativity, and all that a property has to offer.

Portfolio DBLA Tennis Court Nantucket Barstow Landscape Architecture

New Tennis and Sport Court


  • Harvard University, Graduate School of Design - Master of Landscape Architecture

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Bachelor of Science, cum laude, Environmental Design

  • Ecole Municipale Superieure des Arts et Techniques, Paris - focus on Landscape Architecture; selected first in class

Licenses and Credentials (current and former):

  • Massachusetts – Landscape Architect #1137
    • Licensure is required to practice landscape architecture in every state, which requires a professional degree from an accredited university, a 3 year internship, and passage of a 36 hour state-sponsored exam;

  • Connecticut – Landscape Architect #1289

  • Massachusetts – Construction Supervisor # CS 087621;
    • Essentially a General Contractor's license, requiring expertise in municipal building codes, a twelve-hour state-sponsored exam, ongoing continuing education, and re-licensing every five years;

  • LEED – Green Associate
    • Certification by the USGBC;

  • Nantucket Conservation Commission – Certificate in Wetland Delineation

Professional Affiliations (current and former):

  • Urban Land Institute (ULI) – Member of the Sustainability Council, the Resiliency Committee, and the Program Oversight Committee
    • The Urban Land Institute provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.

  • Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards
    • The Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) works to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare by establishing and promoting professional licensure standards. Our members are the licensure boards across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

  • Boston Society of Architects (BSA)
    • The Boston Society of Architects/AIA is committed to professional development for our members, advocacy on behalf of great design, and sharing an appreciation for the built environment with the public at large.

  • American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the Boston Chapter (BSLA)
    • Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the professional association for landscape architects in the United States, representing more than 15,000 members.  The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship. Sustainability has been part of ASLA’s mission since its founding and is an overarching value that informs all of the Society’s programs and operations.

  • U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
    • The USGBC mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.


  • Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP)
    • APSP provides professional development, advancement of key legislation at all levels, consumer outreach, and public safety programs.

  • Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD)
    • APLD advances the profession of landscape design and promotes its membership of qualified and dedicated professionals.

Workshops and Seminars:

  • “Sustainable Practices in Site Planning, Design and Construction” seminar presented at the ABX Conferences on Residential Design and Construction, Boston Society of Architects, April 2009 and 2010.

  • “The Urban Implications of Living with Water” - Contributing author of the Urban Land Institute report funded by the Kresge Foundation and ULI Boston / New England District Council. Published in September 2014.

Portfolio DBLA Patio Nantucket Barstow Landscape Architecture

An engaging patio in the woods - Great for outdoor cooking and entertaining with cocktails after tennis...

Let's make your property all it can be - whether it's a new property or your family has been here for generations. What goes into creating an engaging spot to relax and enjoy the great outdoors? DBLA makes it possible.

Call or e-mail today and let's talk about your landscape!

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