The Studio

Our Mission

The Pouder Design Group is a nimble and focused consulting firm with a simple mission: to mold and create beautiful, enduring and sustainable landscapes that inspire – in an ecologically sensitive manner – the humans who live, work, and play in those spaces. We work with a select group of like minded consultants – engineers, biologists, ecologists, planners, architects, and gifted contractors. Stewardship of land, air and water form the philosophical framework in which we work. Yet we recognize that ecological sensitivity does not equal a landscape void of humans. To the contrary, we recognize that humans are an integral part of any ecosystem and our mandate, therefore, is to create landscapes which inspire those who pass through them. The places we build honor and respect the land because we believe people can transcend their physical surroundings and achieve a deeper level of self-understanding if they are exposed to settings of great beauty.

Nicholas Pouder | Principal

Nicholas Pouder, ASLA is an environmental planner and registered landscape architect with more than twenty-five years of experience in wildlife conservation, site design and land use planning. He holds an AAS in Fisheries and Wildlife from the State University of NY at Cobleskill, a BS in Agricultural Economics and a BS in Landscape Design, both from Uconn, and a Master of Design Studies, with Distinction, from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Prior to founding the firm, Nicholas apprenticed under Shinji Kugo in Toyama, Japan where he designed traditional Japanese gardens as well as urban design projects. He was also employed as a Wildlife Technician with the Endangered Species Unit of the State of New York Department of Environmental Conservation, as project manager with PRE/view Landscape Architects (Bridgeport, CT), as an environmental planner with both Frederick P. Clark Associates (Rye, NY) and Saratoga Associates (Saratoga Springs and New York, NY).

Nicholas has managed numerous design commissions, planning studies and environmental impact assessments ranging in scale from regional transportation and development plans to small memorial gardens. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Rhode Island School of Design; he has also taught at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and with the City University of New York’s summer architecture program in Otranto, Italy as well as the Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY. Nicholas lectures throughout the northeast on environmental planning and design. Nicholas has established a small organic farm, Mayapple Hill Farm, where he is able to practice his principles of stewardship.