About


PHILOSOPHY

Structure Landscapes NW is dedicated to providing our clients with the highest level of service and artistic vision to create unique outdoor living experiences for all seasons. Our comprehensive sense of design, knowledgeable approach, and diversity of skills ensure consistent quality throughout the design and installation process. Through our commitment to economic and environmental sustainability, we take pride in supporting other local businesses while providing ecologically sustainable products and services.

COMMITMENT TO ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY

Reclaiming concrete driveway to make raised garden beds

  • Buy local: Put simply, purchasing goods and materials from other locally-owned businesses help to keep money within the community while ensuring consistent quality of products and services.
  • Reduce: “Measure twice, cut once” is important to remember when approximately 40% of all landfill waste can be contributed to construction material.
  • Re-use and Recycle: Structure Landscapes NW produces approximately 1 bag of trash per month. Everything else is recycled or re-used.
  • Commitment to Organic Landcare: David has always practiced organic gardening for his home garden and recently completed an Organic Landcare Management training sponsored by Oregon Tilth. This means no synthetic herbicides or chemical fertilizers. All weeds and invasive plants are removed by hand and the soil is nurtured with organic amendments.
  • Stormwater Management: Installation of rain gardens, dry-wells, rainwater harvesting systems, permeable pavers, and eco-roofs help to manage residential and commercial stormwater while keeping our soils, air, and watersheds clean. Along with designing, installing, and maintaining rain gardens, flow-through planters, infiltration planters, and rainwater harvesting systems, David has completed additional Stormwater Management Training by the City of Portland Clean Water Services as well as the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District in order to learn the latest best management practices for these various stormwater management facilities.
  • Edible Landscapes: David has maintained his own organic garden every year for the past 10 years growing a variety of fruits, berries, vegetables, herbs and keeping chickens.
  • Native Planting: The diversity of native plants for our region is incredible. Native plants require less water, maintain hardiness, control erosion, and attract local wildlife.
  • Mulch: Another simple yet effective ecologically sound practice. Compost mulch helps to insulate new plantings in the winter, naturally inhibits weed growth, adds organic nutrients to the soil, and conserves water throughout the summer.
  • Bio-diesel and Organic Cotton: The work truck runs on bio-diesel blend and all Structure Landscapes NW t-shirts and apparel are printed locally on organic cotton.

PROFILE

David Dang - CLP, Principal Designer/Builder

A Pacific Northwest native, David Dang grew up across the river in Vancouver, but attended high school here in Portland and later college at the University of Portland. By spending summers hiking in the Columbia River Gorge or backpacking through the Gifford Pinchot, David developed a deep love and respect for nature which greatly influences his design and installation process.

After graduating from college with a degree in Philosophy and Peace Studies, David volunteered with different non-profit organizations and began pursuing his craft in landscape construction in 2004. Over the past several years David has formed a keen sense of design while also developing the diversity of skills necessary to create unique and lasting outside spaces.

David is passionate about his art form and prides himself on maintaining great relationships with all designers, architects, and clients he has worked with throughout the past several years. Through his constant observation and extensive experience, he is proficient at designing and installing many different garden aesthetics. He personally manages every project from start to finish, ensuring the highest quality of installation while maintaining a cohesive aesthetic. When not designing and installing beautiful outside spaces, David enjoys being a dad, playing ukulele, cooking, and organic gardening.