Dakin brings over 19 years of experience in landscape architecture to each venture. Her practice hinges on the understanding that each project has a unique context, both human and ecological. For Dakin, the design process is a collaboration between landscape architect, client and site: both a discipline and an art.


A Site for Creativity and Experimentation

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Welcome to Karla’s garden. An avid gardener as well as a landscape architect, she is in the process of redesigning and installing her own garden which will contain perennial and annual food crops, trees, ground covers, flowers and ornamentals. Adjacent to raised vegetable beds, a large pergola shades the dining area. This will soon be covered with flowering vines, fragrant for the most part at night. The multiple ecosystems present in this garden represent various exposures onsite: sun to shade, dry to wet. Unique features include the crevice garden, a “creamsicle” garden, and a gravel garden with rotating sculptures centered around a 100-year old apple tree.



The African Research & Exchange Academy

Kumbo, Cameroon


K. Dakin Design has been engaged by  AREA, the African Research & Exchange Academy, to plan and create the site for an exchange program and residency for local and international students. AREA sits on 300 acres in the verdant hills of Kumbo, Nso, in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. Founded by Dr. Ajume Wingo, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Values & Social Policy at University of Colorado, Boulder, AREA is dedicated to supporting a corps of young artists, writers, entrepreneurs and civic leaders to build a grand city of caring that transcends our myopic individualities and collective identities.