FL ASLA 2016 Design Awards

The Florida chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects awarded ‘The Villagers’ historic preservation organization of Miami-Dade County with an award of HONOR in the communications category this year for the fabulous coffee table book ‘The Gardens of Miami’. Deena Bell Llewellyn of Bell Landscape Architecture is honored to be part of the team who produced this book with The Villager book committee, Elaine Mills, writer; Joanna Lombard, contributing author; and Steven Brooke, photographer.  Several Bell-La projects appear in print within the publication.

2016 Professional Design Awards Winner – Gardens of Miami


Bell-la selected for the “Ocean Home 50”- Top landscape architects of 2016 nationally.


Bell-la Featured in Ocean Home Magazine

Bell-la Published in Fort Lauderdale Magazine


Deena Bell

Deena Bell Re-elected to Continue to Serve in Miami

Deena Bell Re-elected to Continue to Serve in Miami

Deena R. Bell, Membership and Leadership chair for ASLA FL was re-elected to continue serving on the City of Miami Beach Design Review Board for a term of two more years. This appointment by Mayor Philip Levine and the City Commissioners is important for the profession of landscape architecture because it puts our profession in the forefront of urban planning solutions relating to building and development City- wide. The design review board studies projects proposed for renovation or new construction for aesthetics and functionality, and currently is especially focusing on environmental issues and sea level rise initiatives to create creative ways to solve the City’s flooding problems.  The design review board is broadcast on local television during each monthly meeting. Please visit the City of Miami Beach website to view these podcasts to see landscape architects alongside architects, attorneys, real estate developers, public office holders, and environmentalists at work assisting with important planning and development decisions.

Miami Modern Renovation

It was refreshing to learn from this client, the day we were interviewed, that the client intended to retain and renovate this existing circa 1950s one-story residence on North Bay Road in Miami Beach, Florida. It was refreshing to hear because many of the smaller one story homes in the surrounding Miami Beach neighborhoods have been slated for demolition over the past years to make room for larger, flashier estates to appeal to the demand of Miami’s international real estate clientele. With the design and detailing of the custom-made driveway and walkway hardscapes, Bell-la created a fresh, dynamic, and architecturally appropriate style that has stunning curb appeal.

These photos were taken December 2014 during construction completion of the hardscapes. The estimated completion of the overall renovation is January 2015. Check back for more interior and exterior shots after project completion showcasing more of the entire project. The home has been recently placed on the market, and has caught the attention of potential buyers, already.

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Miami Beach Magic

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Bell Landscape Architecture has designed this home and garden with Jarosz Development.

Miami Beach Magic

Bell Landscape Architecture, Inc. collaborates with Architect Zeb Jarosz and Jarosz Development on the design of a new Miami Beach home. The modern aesthetic envisioned for the home and gardens is reminiscent of Miami mid-century modern architecture, yet boasts a more richly sophisticated palette of materials.  This project is currently in the design and permitting phase.

Extra reading material ~

Deena Bell Llewellyn, ASLA was invited to author an article in the upcoming March 2013 issue of ‘Florida Landscapes Magazine’. The article will feature Deena’s insight and experience about designing waterfeatures for residential projects.

Sources of Inspiration

The Banyan Inn – Key West , Florida

While traveling, even on a short day trip from home, I find inspiration in our tropical surroundings. This exquisite early 19th Century structure built in the Key West style functions as a luxury “bed and breakfast” today. The intricate wood detailing and custom craftsmanship is almost a lost art. I especially love the peaked frames over the windows and the operable plantation shutters that are painted dark bottle green, blending into the lushness of the garden seamlessly. The Inn gets it’s name from the gigantic Banyan trees hugging the fascade and creating a dense shady canopy overhead.