Justin started his career with Cameron McCarthy in 2000, earned his Oregon landscape architecture license in 2005, and was promoted to Senior Landscape Architect in 2010. Lanphear provides design leadership and project management on many of the firm’s largest and most complex projects. Areas of emphasis include healthcare / healing gardens, transit and transportation corridors with large scale natural area restorations, sustainable design and LEED documentation, office building courts and landscapes for high profile companies, and the integration of artist crafted sculptures within his landscape architecture works.
Education & Professional Expertise
Justin earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture with honors from Michigan State University. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and current co-chairperson of ASLA’s Willamette Valley Section. Prior to his leadership with ASLA, he served 4 years as a Mount Pisgah Arboretum board member.
Notable commissions led in design and management by Justin include Sacred Heart University District, Roseburg VA Protective Care, Serenity Lane Coburg Campus, LTD EmX Pioneer Parkway, Whilamut Passage Bridge, OSU Jefferson Street Campus Gateway, Royal Caribbean Call Center, and Ninkasi Brewery Expansion.
Justin’s talents shine the brightest during critical stages of the design process where other designers are oftentimes most challenged. When the work involves public input, he is able to quickly build rapport with others and assimilate community desires into a sensibly and selflessly crafted design. When there is a land-use entitlement process, his diligent review of the requirements coupled with attention to detail in submitting an application set the course to a smooth permit approval. His attention to detail in preparation of construction drawings and specifications, enhanced by his construction administration experience, assure the project is properly bid and implemented. Finally, his personal artistic pursuits make him uniquely qualified in the coordination and siting of commissioned art.
Justin was raised near Kalamazoo, Michigan, the son of two medical caregivers. His upbringing instilled a diverse interest in science, nature, the arts, and athletics. He played baseball throughout his school years, including competition against Derek Jeter’s team in the same city. Justin continues to play City of Eugene Recreation League softball, positioned at second-third base, where he still fields and throws with style.
Justin is a highly active community member in Eugene’s Whiteaker neighborhood where he resides. He has contributed countless hours of volunteer time for the betterment of many community events. Examples include the annual Whiteaker Block Party, the annual Whiteaker Community Thanksgiving Dinner (where he has been both board member and coordinator for 5 years) and on two occasions, Justin organized community-wide participation art projects. His passion for creative expression and social bonding manifested itself with the creation of Triceratops, a bio-fueled dinosaur-inspired art vehicle that has been a spectacle in the Whiteaker and at Burning Man the past decade.
“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” –Walt Disney