"The most powerful designs ride the line between subtle artistry, cultural history and respect for the natural environment."

“If you don’t become the

ocean, you’ll be seasick

every day.”


"There is nothing more permanent, or temporary, than landscape."

Principal :

Lead Designer



Project Manager :

KLA Associate



Landscape Designer




Landscape Designer




Koch Landscape Architecture (KLA), founded in 2000 by Steven Koch, FASLA, is based in Portland, Oregon. Steven brings with him 24 years of experience and a unique knowledge base gleaned from working with nationally renowned landscape architects & architects. KLA is a full service firm that works both as a prime and sub consultant on projects. KLA is an Oregon ESB#2734, certified EEO employer and licensed  to practice in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and California.


KLA’s expertise in designing, reclaiming and enlivening landscapes demonstrates our passion to seamlessly integrate human use with natural and manmade environments.


Our award winning portfolio encompasses a wide range of public and private projects including streetscapes, plazas, parks and playgrounds, LEED® certified urban developments, ecoroofs, master planning and historic and native landscape restoration. National and regional awards include the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Award of Excellence for innovation in stormwater management and the American Society of Landscape Architects National Award of Honor and numerous merit awards.


The advancement of Green technologies is a vital part of our design process. We explore the opportunities for adaptive reuse of recycled products and advanced materials. We strive to produce designs that “fit” within the social, ecologic, geographic and economic context we live in today.  KLA is on the forefront of sustainable design innovation utilizing innovative artistic solutions.


Collaboration is the key to success. KLA’s approach actively engages our clients, team members and stakeholders. We are highly skilled at leading public involvement workshops and integrating user input. Essential knowledge gained from past complex projects, the understanding of building codes and the experience of working with regulatory agencies adds to our ability to efficiently complete projects within budget and on deadline.