Our Firm

RJM Design is dedicated to providing exceptional landscape architectural services that are creative, appropriate, and developed with an attitude of teamwork.


Our goals for every project include understanding the client’s vision, realizing the opportunities available, and developing ideas in a collaborative effort while respecting the natural environment. As a team of professionals, we take responsibility to serve our clients with honesty and integrity from conceptual design through construction administration.  


RJM Design was founded in 1997 by Jim Morgan. From that beginning, we have become an established design firm in West Michigan, providing landscape architectural services on a wide range of projects for the public and private sectors. Today, we have a team of landscape architects with diverse backgrounds and over 55 years of combined experience. Our professional staff has the ability and desire to bring fresh ideas and creative solutions to your project. 


Katy Hallgren


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Vice President

In her role as Vice President Architect, Katy brings with her fourteen years of design experience in landscape architecture and master planning projects spanning a wide range of scale and scope both domestic and international. Her primary focus has been community, urban design, and hospitality projects. Katy’s decision to become a landscape architect was driven by her desire to positively shape the exterior built environment and influence how people experience the world. Through her designs, Katy seeks to develop solutions that capitalize on existing site assets and individual features that make a built project unique and authentic to its context. She strives to understand each client’s needs and what is required to help them best realize their vision.


Katy holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Oklahoma State University and is a Licensed Landscape Architect in the State of California. During the first part of her career, Katy worked at EDSA Inc., in their Santa Monica, Baltimore, Shanghai, and Fort Lauderdale offices. Katy’s career has been driven by a desire to continually explore and learn, to gain new inspiration, and to ensure that she is well-equipped to provide the best design solution possible.


Professional Registrations and Credentials

  • Licensed Landscape Architect (California) # LA 5484

  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Oklahoma State University, 2005

Affiliations & Community Involvement

  • American Society of Landscape Architects, Full Member

  • Urban Land Institute, Associate Member

  • GR Forward Goal 2 Alliance, Member

  • ULI SE Florida/Caribbean Women’s Leadership Initiative Committee, Co-chair, 2017-2018

  • Leadership Fort Lauderdale Class XXIII, Class President, 2017

  • The Neighborhood Design Center, Baltimore, Volunteer, 2012-2013

  • The Samaritan Women, Baltimore, Volunteer, 2010-2012


Professional Experience

  • Vice President, EDSA, Fort Lauderdale, Florida: 2016-2018

  • Senior Associate, EDSA, Shanghai, China: 2013-2016

  • Associate, EDSA, Baltimore, Maryland: 2009-2013

  • Designer, EDSA, Santa Monica, California: 2005-2009

  • Intern, Agence Paysages, Avignon, France: 2004

  • Intern, EDSA, Fort Lauderdale, Florida: 2003

Meet The Team

Jim Morgan, PLA, ASLA

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Jim Morgan founded RJM Design in 1997 and is a registered Landscape Architect responsible for master plan development, project management, and general project supervision. As a designer and problem-solver, Jim provides leadership for many design teams and continually demonstrates the ability to understand a client’s vision and project goals. This understanding of teamwork and vision, combined with his creative skills, has allowed Jim to guide many projects through the various and often complex stages of design.


During the course of his career, he has designed many project types including community parks, waterfront developments, athletic facilities, college and high school campus master plans, commercial centers, residential communities and corporate centers. His goal on every project he undertakes is to work as an integral part of the design team to ensure that design solutions are creative, appropriate, economical and successful for the client and community.


Professional Registrations and Credentials 

• Registered Landscape Architect 

• Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Michigan State University, 1983


Professional Experience 

• President, RJM Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan: 1997-Present

• Landscape Architect/Project Manager, Design Plus, 

Grand Rapids, Michigan: 1985-1997

• Landscape Designer, M.C. Smith, Grand Rapids, Michigan: 1983-1985 


Paula Lawrence


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Landscape Architect

As a registered Landscape Architect with 8 years of professional experience, Paula brings a keen eye for design to every project, including thoughtful observation and planning, and an understanding of spatial relationships and human interaction. She has a great desire to help shape not just functional solutions, but to create beautiful, calming spaces for users to be inspired and rest their minds. Combining the love of the outdoors with her talent for art and design, the field of landscape architecture brings two of her favorite qualities into one exciting profession. Throughout her career, there is a continual desire to learn and gather insight from each experience, and bringing that knowledge to each new project provides clients with thoughtful, sensitive solutions.

Paula’s portfolio combines landscape architecture with larger planning and design concepts. The primary design work in which she has been involved includes campus and community master planning, senior independent living, site planting design, and multi-family housing.  Her passion for horticulture lends to careful consideration of plant palette selections. She is also involved in urban design and streetscapes, site analysis, user circulation studies, rendering and presentation graphics, as well as zoning and project approvals.


Professional Registrations and Credentials

  • Licensed Landscape Architect (Michigan) # LA 3901001604

  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Michigan State University, 2011

Affiliations & Community Involvement

  • American Society of Landscape Architects, Full Member

  • Environmental Design Research Association, Associate Member


Professional Experience

  • Landscape Architect, Progressive AE, Grand Rapids, Michigan: 2012-2019

  • Designer, Design +, Grand Rapids, Michigan: 2011-2012

© 2018 by RJM Design Inc.

1971 E. Beltline Ave NE Suite 217

Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Ph: (616) 336-6071