617-553-0351 Roger@WashburnLA.com

RWLA creates gardens for modern lives, going beyond decoration to shape distinctive outdoor rooms.


Roger Washburn Landscape Architecture LLC designs spaces where clients can work, play, and relax. Distractions from unwanted sights and noise are minimized while good views to the surroundings are revealed and framed. Collaboration with architects is welcomed as this affords opportunities to connect interior and exterior spaces into one seamless environment, including ramps and railings for those with physical challenges. In contrast to interior space which shelters us from nature’s extremes, garden rooms connect us to natural elements, which in New England can be pleasant one day and too hot or cold the next.  The time clients feel comfortable out of doors increases dramatically by providing summertime shade and blocking cold winds during cool fall and spring days. Landscape rooms are for all seasons, even winter, when native berries and evergreens afford colorful views from inside and provide habitat and food for animals.

Roger explains, “Over the years, I’ve seen trends come and go.  I stay current with local codes which change over time, but aim to stick with fundamentals of creating attractive, functional garden rooms where clients have the opportunity to enjoy a profound connection with nature all year long.”


Roger Washburn grew up on a farm in Idaho’s Snake River Valley.   He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design at the University of Washington in Seattle.  Before heading east for more schooling, he worked as a landscape crew foreman for a garden center in Nampa, Idaho.  After receiving a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he was hired by The Architects Collaborative in Cambridge, MA.  While there he designed a park along the Tigris River for the University of Baghdad in Iraq.  After receiving his registration as a landscape architect in 1983, he started his own firm focusing primarily on residential projects.

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Somerville, MA 02145