Jamie Crelly Purinton RLA
Ancram, New York
tele: 518-329-2337

Jamie Purinton, RLA has practiced Landscape Architecture for more than twenty years; written two books, Voices of the Land and Landscape Narratives: Design Practices for Telling Stories; and taught landscape architecture at City College and Cornell University. Her Hudson Valley based practice focuses on sustainable design, minimizing our impact on the land and making distinct and meaningful places. 


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These design and business principles apply to every project:

  1. Start by understanding your property’s natural and ecological systems in terms of water, drainage, flora and fauna, micro-climate, soils and topography.  Learn what is unique to each landscape, whether it is an ephemeral stand of spring bloodroot, a hedgerow of summer elderberry fruit, a dramatic fall combination of salmon colored shadblow and dark green cedar, or a gentle topography revealed by snow cover.  Respect the natural systems and wildlife habitats, and employ conservation principles in both the design and long term property maintenance.
  2. Learn about the history, stories and workings of the site in order to create engaging contextual designs. Respond to your personal interests and history and the cultural context so that the design resonates with the home owner or the public.
  3. Create a lively, open and engaging exchange with the client, the public and the contractors so that your project benefits from everyone’s experience and ideas. Find ways to help you envision design ideas before they are built so you make informed choices.
  4. Pay attention to costs and schedule and keep an open communication about all of your concerns throughout the design process. Always keep in mind simple cost effective solutions that conserve time and resources.
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Landscape Architectural Services

Community Participatory Design

Design Concept Development

Brochure Writing

Site History Research including Biodiversity Habitat Evaluation

Comprehensive Planning

Site Design: Layout of Plantings, Trails, Circulation, Buildings, and all landscape elements

Design Details: Patios, Stonework, Pools, Ponds, Pergolas, Fences, Sheds, Rain Gardens and more

Planting Design: Hedgerows, Woodlands, Perennial Gardens, Meadows, Rain Gardens and Tree Selection

Bid Documents, Phasing Plans and Estimates

Construction Review and Management

Sustainable and Organic Land Management Recommendations

For these Landscapes Types

Residences, Private Estates and Farms

Housing Projects/Subdivision Planning

Public Parks and Waterfront Parks

Public Gardens and Arboretums

Institutions: Hospitals, Museums, and School Campuses

Publications & Presentations

Books by Jamie Purinton

Voices of the Land
Editor, photography by Charles Lindsay, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2004

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Landscape Narratives:

Design Practices for Telling Stories
Co-author Matthew Potteiger, John Wiley & Sons, 1998.  Recipient of ASLA 1998 Research & Communication Merit Award

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Selected Articles

  • “Lakeside in Litchfield County” by Tom Christopher, Connecticut Gardener Sept/Oct 2016. Open PDF Article
  • “Brave New Meadow” (featuring Jamie Purinton) by Tovah Martin, September/October Design New England, 2016. Link to Article
  • “Productive Paradise, A hilltop garden that birds, bees, bugs, and people can dine on in style. ” (featuring Jamie P.), Garden Design Magazine, 2016. Link to Article
  • “Street Stories,” with Matthew Potteiger, Public Art Review, 2003.
  • “Working with Working Landscapes,” with Potteiger, Traditional Building, 2001.
  • “Stone Laid in the Land,” Traditional Building, 1999.
  • “116 Street Celebrating Urban Funk in NYC,” Digging in the Common Ground, Georgia Landscape, 1998.
  • “The Use of Topiary in the Garden” Traditional Building, September/October 1997.
  • “Finding the Ideal Planter” Traditional Building, March/April 1997.
  • Landscape Projects Enrich NYC’s Open Spaces,New York Construction News, May 1995.
  • Planters: The Vessels of Life,” Traditional Building,, June 1995.
  • “Retelling Traditions,” co-authored with Potteiger, Traditional Building and Upstate Planner, March/April 1994.
  • Seven Strategies for the Shaping of Traditional Landscapes,” with Potteiger, Traditional Building, Spring  1994.

Selected Public Presentations

  • Presentations on Landscape Architecture, Narrative and Garden Design: Radcliff Design Studio, 2006.
  • “The Storycircle & the Design Process,” an exhibit board with Potteiger, The Newburyport Waterfront: Past and Futures. The Custom House Maritime Museum, Newburyport, Mass. May - December 1999.
  • “Telling Stories/Making Places: Working Methods in Landscape Design, Public Art, and Preservation,” with Potteiger, ASLA Annual Meeting, Boston, Mass. September 1999.
  • “Landscape Narratives: Working Methods for Design,” with Potteiger.  Annual speakers for the Radcliffe Seminar Fall Tea, November 3, 1998.
  • “The Newburyport Waterfront and the Idea of an Open Landscape,” with Potteiger, Unitarian Church Newburyport, Mass. October 16, 1998.
  • Keynote address for “The Garden: An Interdisciplinary Exploration,” The Center for the Advancement of Art and Art Education at the Rhode Island School of Design, July 1998.
  • “Telling Stories/ Making Places,” with Potteiger, The Urban Center, New York City, June 22, 1998.
  • “Design Practices for Telling Stories,” with Potteiger, American Society of Landscape Architecture Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia Fall 1997.
  • “Landscape Narratives: Design Practices for Telling Stories,” with Potteiger, City College Fall 1997 lecture series.
  • Keynote address on “Telling Place and Story,” with Potteiger, NYS Art Teachers on “A Sense of Place” October 1996.

Other Selected Presentations

  • WRPI Radio, 2004
  • LTA Skidmore, 2003
  • Pratt, 2002
  • Harvard University, 2002
  • WKZE Radio, 2002
  • Conway School, 2001
  • Quinebaug College, 2001 and 1999
  • Cornell University Lecture Series, 1999
  • SUNY Syracuse Albrecht Lecture, 1999
  • Rhode Island School of Design, 1999
  • Radcliffe Seminar, 1998


Selected writings on Jamie Purinton’s work

  • "About Landscape Architects," The Chatham Press, March 2013.
  • Steal from a Pro: Jamie Purinton, Ancram, New York. "The Idea of a Swimming Pond," Organic Gardening, June/July 2009.
  • Art Making and Studio Spaces, Lynne Perrella, Quarry Books, 2009.
  • “At Home: Designing a fit between house and landscape,” Gail M. Burns, The Women’s Times, April 2006.
  • “Living Tapestries: the traditional hedgerow is adapted for a diverse set of new uses and looks,” Jennifer May, Upstate House, October 2004.
  • “Morning Music,” Mary Powel Thomas, Audubon Magazine, October 2004.
  • "Landscape Narratives Design Practices for Telling Stories," Book Review Julie Johnson, Landscape Journal, Spring 1999.