HILLWORKS recognizes that we live in a dynamic world. This place is messy, complex, ever-changing… and we love it. We are a small yet agile design studio obsessed with the regenerative power of the landscape. Captivated by the natural and cultural histories of every place, we strive to unearth the stories each site has to offer. Our approach to design begins by uncovering, revealing, and curating qualities already extant in the landscape.
HILLWORKS oscillates between the disciplines of architecture and landscape architecture. Grounded in the culture of the Deep South, we revel in the Southern spirit of craft, thrift, and resourcefulness. These principles emerge in two primary threads of design research: plant performance and inventive reuse. Plant performance includes studies in phenology, regenerative strategies, novel ecologies, and urban wilds. Inventive reuse employs strategies of reclamation, surgical insertion, and creative repair at a range of scales, from furniture design to urban regeneration.
HILLWORKS benefits from the rich interaction between the design exploration of practice and the scholarly research of the university. With one foot in academia and one foot in practice, founding principal David Hill serves as Program Chair and Associate Professor in the Graduate Program of Landscape Architecture at Auburn University. Kelly Homan also regularly teaches courses within Auburn’s Landscape Architecture, Environmental Design, and Sustainability Programs. HILLWORKS not only advances disciplinary research through project development, but also through the trenches of academic investigation.
HILLWORKS projects have been presented nationally and internationally at conferences, symposia, and universities and published in rags like Dwell, Landscape Architecture Magazine, ReModeling, Builder, and Society South. The work has received regional and national design awards in architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, and interiors.