Brian Halsell brings over ten years of broad appreciation for natural systems, native plants, wildlife, and regional construction methods to each project. He consistently draws upon these personal interests to help clients realize their mission and project program, integrating sustainable strategies and materials into every aspect of site development.
Brian is adept in his management of collaborative teams and participation in the multi-disciplinary process. He seeks and accomplishes a comprehensive integration and whole systems approach to natural processes. Brian also values the integrity of experience as important in educational and mission-driven site designs for all of his projects which include mixed-use, urban living, botanical gardens, nature centers, and youth camps.
Representative experience covers many nature center and public garden projects including Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, Iain Nicolson Audubon Center, Allaso Ranch Camp, Galveston Island State Park Master Plan, and the United States Botanical Garden. In addition, Brian is a Master Naturalist, a respected guest speaker on native plants, and is Studio Outside’s in-house horticultural expert.
Brian pursues the integration of sustainability, mission, budget, and experience, not only on project work but also through community outreach. When not exploring national parks or fishing, he is actively engaged as a former board member of the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks, Kiest Park Community Group, and as a volunteer at local nature centers. He can also be found rooting for the Aggies of Texas A&M University, his alma mater.