Laura Wehler brings more than 13 years of landscape architecture experience to the REA team. Her portfolio includes a range of projects types, including commercial, residential, mixed-use, educational, historic landscapes, and neighborhood development. She also has extensive experience managing projects from beginning to end – from development and schematic design to construction documentation and administration.
Laura started her career in the design-build industry in Wisconsin, gaining valuable experience in constructability, budgeting, and project management. The position allowed her to get her hands dirty and feed her fascination with plants. Her career has been heavily rooted in the horticultural industry, and her love of plants inspired her to pursue degrees in landscape architecture and horticulture at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Laura believes plants are an integral part of design and uses them to bring color, texture, and movement into a space.
Prior to joining REA, Laura worked as a senior associate at a Chicago-based firm. The firm focused on urban design, streetscapes, and historic landscape preservation, and Laura was a member of multi-disciplinary teams that developed designs that fit into the dense urban fabric of the city. Projects often included amenity decks and green roofs.
Laura also has experience working as a senior project manager at a design firm in Phoenix. Her portfolio includes several large-scale university projects, the site design of a series of educational buildings, and high-end residential designs. Laura also gained experience with the design and detailing of complex features and hardscape elements, as well as planting design with the unique flora of the desert.
Laura strives to create designs that are equally functional and beautiful. She is dedicated to sustainability, and is well-versed in the design and implementation of over-structure planting systems, water harvesting, water conservation, native restoration, shoreline stabilization, and the use of native plant palettes.
Currently, Laura is working on the Monon Urban Trail for the City of Carmel. This project will transform the Monon Greenway into a dynamic corridor featuring bike lanes, sidewalks, one-way streets, and numerous amenity spaces. The design includes several plazas, greenspaces, and gathering areas that will serve the residents and host larger events. Laura also is working on the Bee Wetlands in Evansville, Ind. The project involves major improvements to the city’s stormwater and waste water treatment, and incorporates green infrastructure and sustainable practices.