Nothing excites him more than exceeding his client’s expectations and drawing from his training, experience and what appears to be his innate ability. John loves to provide dramatic outdoor living spaces, while ensuring they are functional and sustainable environments. These spaces include surrounding plantings of large trees, designing with local environmental conditions and the incorporation of native species. In other words, John strives to enhance what nature has already provided.
John’s passion and commitment to his craft is evident in every project that he completes. His work showcases his unique style, and demonstrates his design adaptability to different locales, typography, themes and his architectural styles draws inspiration from the nearby Mountains by just being in the Rockies.
John’s experience base includes international projects in the Caribbean (Bahamas and Grand Caymans) and the pacific Islands of Hawaii. His design philosophy, innovative style, and client portfolio are the foundation for the multiple landscape awards of excellence with which John has been honored.
Academically, John has covered all the bases. He has a Bachelor Degree in Landscape Design from Olds School of Horticulture and a Certified Landscape Designer from the Canadian Landscape and Nursery Association (CNLA), and an Affiliate Member of the Alberta Association of Landscape Architects.
John has also completed technical degrees Ornamental Horticulture, Turf Management and Business Administration from Thompson Rivers University, Olds School of Horticulture, and Medicine Hat College. His technical field experience ranges from commercial and residential construction, to residential and urban landscape design.
John Coutts has three Landscape Alberta (LANTA) Landscape Awards of Excellence, as well as two LANTA Awards of Merit.
John, a former Golf Course Superintendent was honoured in being ranked by Score Magazine as being named in the top 10 best golf course greens in British Columbia.
John and his company, Greater Landscapes by Design have also been featured in the Calgary Herald.