Established in 1994, InSite Design Studio, Inc. is a landscape architecture firm that serves public, recreational, commercial, institutional, and residential clients.

InSite actively pursues ecologically sensitive, innovative landscape architectural design through ongoing consideration of hydrologic, topographic and vegetative systems. Environmental sensitivity is at the core of our design process; from the early stages of inventory and analysis through construction and ongoing management. Our firm strives to restore ecological function to every project site, regardless of size or scope, while maintaining high aesthetic standards. Our designs are uniquely site specific, tailored to the opportunities and challenges of each site and to the client’s needs, desires, and budget.

We are committed to participatory design throughout the decision-making process and work inclusively with client, public and governmental input. We seek creative design solutions through client involvement, environmental sensitivity, strong technical skills, practical experience, and a keen eye for beauty.




Since 1998 Shannan has been involved in all aspects of InSite Design’s ecologically sensitive and innovative landscape design and management. Notable projects in her portfolio include Detroit's Oudolf Garden, the City of Ann Arbor Municipal Center, the Great Lakes Garden at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, and the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center Courtyard. Additionally, she is a frequently sought after public speaker for sustainable stormwater and native planting design, and is a member of the Planning Commission for the City of Ann Arbor.



Ecology, function, and aesthetics are the primary principles that underlie Susan's design work and guide her design process. She has several years experience in project management and horticultural/ agricultural production and this interdisciplinary background informs her work at InSite. Susan contributes to a diverse array of private and public projects, including Detroit's Oudolf Garden, Veridian at County Farm Park and Hight Point School in Ann Arbor, and the Bailey Park Project in Detroit's McDougall Hunt neighborhood.



Devoted to crafting landscapes that benefit humans and environment alike, Sarah thrives in spaces where the natural and social intertwine. Prior to entering the field of landscape architecture, Sarah studied and worked as an ecologist, gardener, farmer, and land manager. Through these diverse experiences, Sarah has developed an ability to work with a deep understanding of landscapes urban, rural, and wild. In her work at InSite Design, Sarah draws on artistic and technical skills in planting and grading to design spaces that embrace the unique challenges and opportunities of every project.