EXPERIENCE

Bill Gotthelf | PLA, ASLA, LEED AP
Landscape Architect, Owner

Early Inspiration
Believe it or not, Bill’s eyes were opened to landscape architecture by the founder of the profession himself, Frederick Law Olmsted. Walking across Olmsted’s Central Park every morning and evening to and from a job in a medical office that was never going to be the right fit, Bill soaked up every moment of his commute until he realized it could be a career.

Education
Once his wife Roberta finished graduate school in the city, they headed upstate where Bill got his Master’s in Landscape Architecture in 1997.

NYC Parks & Recreation
After completing a postgraduate study fellowship in Mexico City, Bill went to work for New York City Parks, busily designing playgrounds, parks, and coastal wetland restorations, and helping oversee their construction.

Career Development
By 2004, the family had outgrown their little apartment in Queens and resettled in Louisville, Colorado. Over the next 14 years, Bill went to work for some of the liveliest firms in the area – Shapins Associates, DHM Design, and Design Concepts – doing park projects in places like Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Big Bend, and Glacier National Parks, mountain resorts in Vail and Steamboat, commercial and residential developments across the Front Range, and public schools in the BVSD, SVVSD, DPS, APS, and Jeffco districts.

Tope
Bill founded Tope Landscape Architecture in 2018 to put his two-plus decades of diverse experience to work in a smaller, relationship-oriented format, where every project receives his undivided focus and attention.

When he sneaks out of the office early on a beautiful Colorado afternoon, Bill can usually be found hiking the nearby mesas, foothills, and creeks with his dog, Sophie, finding new vistas to appreciate.