Heike Nolker, ASLA RLA
Landscape Architect

Heike Nolker earned a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Maryland in 1997. She continues to hone her design skills and broaden her extensive plant knowledge through lectures and international travels. Heike credits her sense of design and passion for creating sustainable environments in part to a childhood spent outdoors in the rural, wooded setting of her hometown in Lüdenscheid, Germany.

Heike also credits the invaluable experience of working with landscape architects Jay Graham and Pearse O’Doherty and with renowned landscape designer Jane MacLeish. Her own style reflects the unique influence of each mentor: Jay Graham with his strong architectural background, Pearse O’Doherty with his love for details and Jane MacLeish with her brilliant approaches to planting.

Central to her own philosophy and style, Heike seeks to enhance the character of a site by connecting it to its environment— extending the architecture into the garden, augmenting and framing existing views, improving circulation, and creating focal points and outdoor rooms. An excellent listener, Heike excels at translating a client’s vision and needs into a detailed plan she then sees through to completion working hands-on with the implementation team.

Heike’s commercial work experience includes revitalizing a 1000-unit high-end apartment complex in McLean, landscape enhancement for a private school in Washington D.C., a feasibility study for a Nature Conservancy educational center outside of Abingdon VA, and landscape improvements to an existing church and school intended to incorporate a large scale addition and improve circulation.

Heike has also developed numerous residential gardens in Virginia’s horse country, the Washington Metropolitan Area, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore. From master planning to construction observation, Heike’s work experience includes all aspects of design development and implementation. Her current design projects range in size from a new half acre parcel to an established six acre property, and involve tree preservation, grading, stonework, wood construction, reforestation, bioretention and innovate planting plans.
Portrait Heike

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture University of Maryland

Diplom-Übersetzerin Fachhochschule Köln Institut für Translation u. Mehrsprachige Kommunikation (University for Applied Sciences Cologne, Germany)

Registered Professional Landscape Architect Maryland

The American Society of Landscape Architects

The American Horticultural Society

The Annapolis Horticultural Society

heike nolker, ASLA landscape architect

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