Design Workshop Meet & Greet

Thursday Nov. 9, 2023 , 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Location: Dean's Conference Room (GOL 2.302B)
Join Design Workshop for a presentation on the firm, their current work, and hiring practices.
Design Workshop event flyer

The event will be held in the Dean's Conference Room, Goldsmith Hall. *This event is only for current UTSOA students. 



As an international design studio, Design Workshop has learned the value of building community across cultures, geographies, and economies. Whether designing a restorative private garden, reimagining an underperforming downtown center, or developing the vision for a contemporary park within a fragile ecosystem, we are committed to more than design in the conventional sense. We tackle challenges beyond the project site and its mapped boundaries to create places of timeless beauty and meaningful connections.

We do what we do to make a difference for future generations. Our methodology ensures every project has a balance between environmental sensitivity, community connection, artistry, and economic viability. This performance-based approach yields measurable results and projects that stand the test of time. In other words, we don’t just hope for sustainable projects; we rely on our process to deliver them. We call this process DW Legacy Design®.


Conners Ladner is an accomplished Principal based in the Austin office of Design Workshop, with a diverse background encompassing over 15 years of experience in landscape architecture, urban design, and park planning. His expertise lies in crafting innovative and sustainable design solutions that harmonize the natural beauty of urban environments. Driven by a passion for creativity and innovation, Conners approaches his work with a commitment to finding design solutions that enhance the natural beauty of urban environments. He believes in conducting thorough research, analyzing various factors, and iterating on ideas to develop thoughtful and inspiring designs. With his comprehensive understanding of landscape architecture and urban design principles, Conners Ladner consistently delivers successful projects. His ultimate objective is to design spaces that positively impact individuals’ well-being and foster a stronger connection with the natural world.

Stacy Ester is an Associate and Landscape Designer with Design Workshop in Austin, TX. Her expertise spans across multiple disciplines and includes training in studio art, landscape architecture, and spatial analysis. As a project manager working on parks and community spaces across the country, she leverages her technical and creative design to develop and test concepts in all phases of design and planning. Stacy is passionate about promoting wellness, security, and identities across all communities and believes in the power of the collaborative process to shape outdoor spaces that are as meaningful and engaging as they are responsible and enduring