Kinder Baumgardner Managing Principal, Houston

“It’s all about the process and ideas; the approach that we use to reach the solution is as important as the solution itself.”

Over the span of 20 years, Kinder has actively traveled the country seeking out regional flavors to create landscapes that are culturally and ecologically resonant. Kinder’s collaborative mindset and awareness of the effect of historical and contemporary culture in creating experiential places is rooted in the design work he has performed in all corners of North America. His current work often finds him in the Middle East and Africa, where he is called upon to synthesize complex systems in order to create open spaces for new cities or urban precincts. While much of his work is focused internationally, he cherishes his projects in the US and Texas, where inimitable regional American cultures and landscapes define who we are and how we live.

Inspired By

Photographer William Eggleston; artist David Hockney; fashion designer Miuccia Prada; graphic designer Paula Scher; and musician Elvis Costello: all artists who found beauty in the commonplace and mundane.

Education

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Minor: Fine Arts Photography), Louisiana State University

Affiliations & Registrations

Member, American Society of Landscape Architects (2011 to present)

Member, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, Member (1992-present)

Board of Directors, Landscape Architecture Foundation (2008-2014)

Selected Awards

ASLA Honor Award, Planning & Analysis: Baton Rouge Lakes Master Plan (2016)

ASLA Texas Award of Excellence, Planning & Analysis: Baton Rouge Lakes Master Plan (2016)

ASLA Texas Chapter Award of Excellence, Planning and Analysis: Airline Market Mile (2013)

ASLA Texas Chapter Award of Excellence, Planning and Analysis: Atlanta Connector (2012)

ASLA Texas Chapter Honor Award, Shenzhen Bay Coastline Park and Restoration (2012)