About

 

BENCH Site Design Inc. is a landscape architectural consultancy based in Kelowna, BC. As a practice, we operate at the intersection where ecology, culture and the built environment meet. Out firm name references Okanagan landform, and is an acknowledgement of the profoundly unique region in which we live and do business. It also reflects our fundamental belief in the importance of place-based design. We believe that beauty and functionality are of equal importance, and that good design must possess both. We prioritize the use of local materials, and specify alternatives to ecologically harmful materials that are prevalent in the landscape construction industry. These initiatives support the local economy, minimize the ecological footprint of our projects, and enhance the regional character and beauty of the communities in which we live. BENCH was established in 2012 by BCSLA registered landscape architects Keith Nyhof and Xenia Semeniuk.

BENCH specializes in the practice of contemporary landscape architecture and the design of green infrastructure across a spectrum of site types and scales, from site planning to trail design, civic spaces to private residences, streetscapes to green roofs. We offer a full range of services, from schematic design through to construction administration, and provide timely, site-responsive, sustainable solutions to the clients with whom we collaborate. Our small size and single-discipline focus allow for agility and flexibility, enabling us to provide high-value consulting services. We are committed to keeping abreast of advancements in research and technology in the field of landscape architecture and applying these in our work.