Our Firm

RJM Design is dedicated to providing exceptional landscape architectural services that are creative, appropriate, and developed through collaboration.

 

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 will bring fresh ideas and creative solutions to your project. 

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Our Team

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Special Expertise

Land-Use Planning

Parks and Recreation Design

Waterfront Development Design

Residential Master Plans

Feature Projects

Cornerstone University

Veterans Memorial Park

Harbor View Marina

Gull Lake Residence

R. James Morgan PLA, ASLA

President

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 

• Licensed Landscape Architect #1024, State of Michigan 

• 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 

 
 
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Special Expertise

Master Plan

Urban Design

Planting Design

Zoning

Feature Projects

Waterford Place Phase 3

Leonard Field Park Master Plan

Cascade Residence

Faith Hospice Grief Support Center

Paula Lawrence PLA, ASLA

Landscape Architect

As a registered Landscape Architect with 11 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 #3901001604, State of Michigan

  • 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