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Meet Sheila Condon
FASLA, Principal, President

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Sheila Condon FASLA, Principal, President


Sheila Condon's passion for landscape architecture and talent for cultivating relationships and developing business has led to Clark Condon's 30 years of success.

Her depth of experience - from recreational and commercial facilities to public sector projects - gives her a broad-based knowledge in the practice of landscape architecture and planning for which she has received numerous accolades. Achieving project consensus among many stakeholders, communication and leadership are Sheila's hallmarks.

The firm believes its success is in large part the result of attitude and flexibility in working collaboratively with clients throughout project design and implementation. The firm specializes in park development and planning, corporate campus development and renewal, Automatic Watches For Mens master planned community development and planning and streetscapes. Professional services include site analysis, programming, conceptual and preliminary design, cost estimating, site planning, design and design development, construction documents and construction phase services. In addition to designing, overseeing the firm's work as a principal and president, she manages a staff of 26 at Clark Condon. Sheila's energy and enthusiasm extends to time spent with her family and traveling.

Firms
Co-founded Clark Condon in 1985; four principals/owners: Sheila Condon; Scott Slagle; Paul Weathers; Jason Miller; staff of 26

Education
BS in Landscape Architecture, Rutgers University, 1981

Honors
ASLA Fellow, 2006
Outstanding Alumni Award, Department of Landscape Architecture, Rutgers University

Affiliations
Trees for Houston, Board President
University of Houston Bauer Graduate Real Estate Program Executive Advisory Board member
Urban Land Institute
Rice Design Alliance
Institute for Leadership in Capital Projects, Associate Member
American Institute of Architects, Associate Member






East Shore, The Woodlands, Houston, Tx.




East Shore is a new urbanism community. The design is based on walkability and the integration of mixed housing types with parks and open space. East Shore is lakefront property located within walking distance of retail, commercial and the Woodlands Waterway. In addition to the community's entry park, streetscapes and monumentation, the firm's projects have included central East Shore Park; Olmstead Park, Colonial Park; Charleston Esplanades; The Mews; Running Man Park; Merhorse Green Amphitheater; The Ellipse; Dedication Point; Islewood Park; Rafters Row Park; the Boat House; the Northbay and Timberloch medians; and most recently Mitchel Island and the East Shore clubhouse.






Research Forest Lakeside The Woodlands, Houston, Tx.




Clark Condon is part of the design team that completed the master-plan of this 76-acre, heavily-wooded site fronting Lake Woodlands. The firm's current contributions to this mixed-use site include landscape architecture for the recently completed Building 2 and Buildings 4 and 5, as well as a garage. Building 2 is a Class A office certified LEED Silver. The firm provided forest preservation and design with creative uses of native landscaping. Currently underway is the implementation of the retail/restaurant area adjacent to the office towers.






Memorial Park Pedestrian Bridge Design, Houston, Tx.




Clark Condon took top honors in a design charrette, "Bridging the Park," sponsored by Rice Design Alliance in association with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, and the Memorial Park Conservancy. The charrette goal was to design a bridge to carry runners and walkers safely across Memorial Drive, a major traffic artery that runs through Houston's 1,500-acre Memorial Park. The design, "A Living Bridge," considered trail accessibility, conservation, sustainability and historical features of the park. The bridge structure was designed with terracing for plantings, pedestrian lighting, landscape and connection of trails from the ends of the bridge to existing trails.






Webber Plaza, Houston, Texas






Clark Condon designed the open space in the heart of the Texas Medical Center to meet flood control requirements, and provide "a people place" for the campus. A large semi-circular deck under existing live oaks offers students and faculty a relaxing, comfortable outdoor setting. An arc of limestone boulders placed on the fine-textured zoysia lawn becomes a playful feature, while a fountain with a vanishing edge creates another focal point.






Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Building, Phase II, The Woodlands, Houston, Tx.






Clark Condon was part of the design team for this high rise Class-A office building in The Woodlands. The design required maintaining a level of sophistication and unification with an existing development through high end structures, lush plantings, art and unique features. The firm's scope of work included a 33,307 sq. ft. garden terrace on the roof of the garage adjacent to the a conference center, a drop-off at building entry, pedestrian access to the nearby waterway and retail center, streetscape improvements, a water feature/fountain, a pedestrian plaza with sculptures/artwork and enhanced pedestrian and vehicular paving. This is anticipated to be a LEED Gold registered project.






Q&A


1. What was the pivotal or motivating factor(s) that made you choose a career in landscape architecture?
I grew up in a small rural town in Connecticut. I had easy access to enjoy beautiful natural areas, woods, streams and meadows. I spent hours exploring these places and spending time outdoors. Being in these special places always made me feel good and gave me time to watch and reflect. This amazing environment was further nurtured by my friendship with two women neighbors that were avid gardeners who taught me a lot about plants - how to grow them and the many species that existed in the garden and in the wild. I spent many afternoons helping weed, plant and harvest. In fact, we started a huge vegetable garden together in my parent's yard. I have always been interested in making things: crafts, jewelry, pottery, etc. When I was in high school I started working for a landscape gardener in our town. We worked on country estates, planting, making stone walls, etc. The combination of my desire to create, his knowledge and sense of design coupled with the early influence of my neighbors led me straight to landscape architecture. I have been on this path since I was 13! And I continue to love what I do every day!

2. What in particular do you attribute your success to?
First and foremost I love seeing our ideas come to life. I Iove the process of creation and walking through the final spaces and, even better, seeing people use places our firm has created. I think my passion for the work is a large part of my success, but that is combined with a very strong sense of collaboration with our clients. I have always focused on the business side of our practice. Without a relevant business model we would not be able to do the work we do, attract a team of talented people and the ability to give back to the community.

3. What career advice would you give to a recently graduated landscape architectural student?
I would suggest that they get as much exposure to design as possible. Visit projects and construction sites; go to lectures related to our field. It is a steep learning curve after a person graduates to become a well-rounded landscape architect; it is not all going to come from the office they work in. I would also read a lot about what is happening in our industry. Stay tuned into design trends, new ideas, innovation.... and be collaborative!








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