We create meaningful, poetic landscapes that enrich human experience and regenerate resilient natural systems. Founded in 2011, our design practice works at large and small scales in close collaboration with our clients and stakeholders. Based in the New York's Adirondack Mountains and working regionally, our practice is rooted in a sense of place.

Let's work together.


Landscape Architecture • Garden Design • Ecological Restoration • Design via Maintenance • Masterplanning • Stone Wall Craft • Public Art • Permaculture • Agricultural Planning • Forest Management • Homesteading • Productive Landscapes • Design Research • Furniture Design • Scenario Planning


'The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings'. - Masanobu Fukuoka

A\Z LA is led by Andrew Zientek who is committed to healing the land and making beautiful places. Andrew practices as a licensed landscape architect, gardener, artist, educator, and DSWA certified dry-laid stone waller. His hands are often dirty.

Andrew previously led the landscape effort for multi-disciplinary firm Weiss/Manfredi in New York where he designed the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Robert W. Wilson Overlook project. Andrew has also worked with plantsman Piet Oudolf in Holland, artist/designer Vito Acconci Studio in Brooklyn, and EDAW (AECOM) in China. He earned a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design where he was awarded the Norman T. Newton Prize and was a Landscape Architecture Foundation Olmsted Scholar finalist. He attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he received a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, winning the merit award for an ASLA National Student Design Competition.

Andrew is committed to maintaining an academic engagement and has taught landscape, urban design and architecture courses as Associate Professor at CCNY and Columbia GSAPP as well as lecturer at Harvard’s GSD. He has lectured nationally including both ASLA and AIA national conferences on design, resilience, and preparing for a complex and uncertain future in the face of climate change.

Currently Andrew is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the Landscape Architecture Foundation. Focused on research and discourse around how patterns of development can create a more sustainable, just, and resilient future. Internally concentrating on leadership development and the Olmsted Scholars program. www.lafoundation.org

In parallel, Andrew maintains a studio art practice and has exhibited at the Dallas Contemporary Museum, Goss-Michael Foundation, and sold at auction at Sothebys.