We approach design as both an art and science with the notion that investigation, research and exploration will lead to meaningful, functional, enduring and memorable landscapes.
We begin our process with a thorough understanding of context seeking inspiration from a site’s cultural and ecological influences, its inherent natural systems, and its topographic distinctions. By merging site underpinnings with the programmatic requirements of a project our goal is to create a strong synthesis of people and place.
Based in Charlottesville, Virginia, Wolf | Josey was founded by Mary Wolf and Paul Josey. We have 30 years of combined experience in a broad range of projects from public park and college campuses to botanical gardens and private residences. With the belief that all landscapes are important contributors to a community and the environment, we bring our values of design and ecological responsibility to every project regardless of scale. Within our website you will find examples of urban, institutional, botanical, and agricultural projects, each approached with this sensibility in mind.
Our portfolio includes projects during our tenure with Nelson Byrd Woltz and in many cases represents the work of a team of colleagues and friends, under the highest standards of design leadership.
We understand that landscapes are sustained through intelligent soils and planting design which is critically important in environments where resources are limited. To further this conviction, we have developed a soils and plant consulting specialty within our practice.
Paul Josey in association with Nelson Byrd Woltz as well as nationally recognized friend and mentor, Jim Urban, FASLA, has designed soils and developed soils specifications for urban and disturbed sites throughout the eastern United States including North Bethesda Market, Flight 93 National Memorial, Martha Jefferson Hospital and St. John’s College. Specializing in proven sustainable, loam based soil solutions, including ongoing Wolf | Josey projects, current consulting includes the 4 acre Fredericksburg River Park with Rhodeside & Harwell. He has lectured on soils at the University of Virginia as well as state and national ASLA conferences.
Mary Wolf has designed planting plans for botanically oriented public and private projects in many areas of the country. With a specific focus on native planting, she has led large scale planting efforts at the National Zoo in Washington DC, Citygarden in St. Louis, and Bok Tower Garden in Lake Wales, Florida. She has designed agricultural master plans in Virginia and Tennessee that weave together native and cultivated landscapes with the goal of improving wildlife habitat, biodiversity, soils, water quality and food production.