A shared vision, a brighter future.

Since 1982 HKGi has provided landscape architecture, planning, and urban design services to both public and private sector clients throughout the Upper Midwest. Our community-focused approach places the client’s and the community’s needs at the heart of the process, and our professionals use their experience, technical expertise, creativity, and passion to deliver creative solutions that prepare client communities for the future.

HKGi provides a full range of services throughout the community planning and development process. We provide planning and visioning services on the front end, preliminary design and feasibility studies as part of the next steps, and implementation services such as construction documentation, ordinance writing, or grant applications on the back end of the process. With a multi-disciplinary staff of landscape architects and planners, we love to help clients take projects from the drafting table to the construction site.


Through our comprehensive, growth area, small area, downtown, neighborhood, and corridor planning services we engage with community members and help them discover a shared vision for the future of their communities. Our planning services help stakeholders understand a place’s development context: its topography, demographics, and market forces. HKGi’s planning practice also includes day-to-day planning services, zoning ordinance audits and revisions, grant writing, and planning related to housing and economic development, regulatory tools, parking strategies, and asset management.


Landscape Architecture

We plan and design parks, trails, greenways, streetscapes, plazas, nature centers, real estate developments, and all types of buildings and facilities, both public and privately owned. HKGi also conducts park, trail and recreation system planning, needs assessment studies, and bicycle-pedestrian planning. We emphasize ecological and financial sustainability, resiliency, connectivity, and natural resource conservation. We leverage the placemaking potential of the landscape’s natural and built systems to create amenities that make for vibrant places to live, work, and play.


Urban Design

Urban design is conducted at the intersection of design and planning and is therefore a consideration for nearly all of HKGi’s work. Urban design addresses topics such as connectivity, access, safety, traffic flow, development capacity, and site layout. Urban design considerations also come into play when designing stormwater treatment facilities, streetscapes, street furnishings, and wayfinding systems, or when writing design guidelines to govern development patterns, buildings, and site layouts.



HKGi believes that design, when inspired by the character of the people and the land, can create a unique and identifiable sense of community. We aspire to provide our clients with meaningful and appropriate community planning, urban design and landscape architectural services that create this sense of community. The following core principles are universal to our practice and are the framework for our firm's identity and design process:

We strive to integrate diverse perspectives into all of our work. We bring together teams of professionals that thrive on a studio approach to design and are passionate about the continuous process of teaching and learning.
In order for design to reflect the unique character of any given place, the natural, cultural, and historical values need to be heard and understood. We will continually listen to clients and stakeholders to ensure we build upon the inherent strengths of the land and consistently provide direction that respects the context of the project at hand.
By embracing the complexities of our projects we can create new solutions that bring obvious and measurable value to our clients. Our thirst to seek out new connections between people and the land is at the heart of our explorations and is integral to our design process.
Only by understanding how a planning principle evolves into a built community asset can we actually begin to see how our work affects the physical character of any given place. We will always strive to carry our conceptual planning ideas forward to built realities so that our plans can have a real and tangible contribution to our culture.


Our staff members are HKGi’s most critical resource. The firm’s success depends not only on their skills and knowledge, but also on their passion for community building and placemaking, their creativity, their ability to listen to and communicate with clients and stakeholders, and their contributions to a collaborative work environment.

HKGi provides staff members opportunities and support as they grow professionally and expand their experience, skills, and knowledge base. We offer a hybrid work environment, enabling staff to work remotely, work from our offices in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood, or do a little of both. Flexibility is important to us and we encourage staff members to strike a work-life balance. Family and personal needs are as important as work needs. Finally, we are a fun-loving group of people who enjoy the occasional office outing, informal lunch runs to neighborhood eateries, and simply working together.

Meet Our Staff

Collaborate. Listen. Explore. Create.