Design Office

Word + Carr Design Group is an award-winning landscape architecture design/build/service firm led by principals Mark Word and Sarah Carr based in Austin, Texas. Formerly known as Mark Word Design, we draw from wide-ranging ideas, experience, and training in disciplines including horticulture, architecture, landscape architecture, and studio art.  We believe beauty is a conduit linking our senses with our humanity; casual, daily encounters with beauty are essential for healthy individuals and healthy societies.

By studying meaning, distance, time, and place, our design practice focuses on the thread of landscape as it connects public and private life, the natural world and the built environment. Our ability to realize fine detail at a high level of craft is buoyed by our fascination with observing natural growth over time, and by the boldness required to seize unforeseen opportunities. 

At Word + Carr Design Group, plants and place are the means toward our true end: allowing one to witness beauty’s arc within precisely conceived spaces. We construct tableaux, choreograph movements, all to experience the unfolding presence of the seasons and our place in time.  In an increasingly flattened world, we all rely on our sensory connection to natural phenomena and deep cycles of time to give our lives meaning, context, and joy.


Mark Word
Principal, Owner

Mark Word’s interest in art, graphic design, and botany has led to a 15-year career designing commercial and residential landscapes. The work of his Austin-based company has been featured in national publications and is noted for its sensitivity to regional character. Word + Carr Design Group continues to collaborate with renowned architects to develop a unique vision of the relationship between landscape and architecture. 

Sarah Carr, ASLA
Principal, Owner

Sarah spent the first four years of her career designing thoughtful urban houses, drawing on her education as an architect and hands-on construction experience.  Given to artistic leanings and a deep love of nature it now seems inevitable that Sarah’s focus would transition to landscape. For over a decade, Sarah has led Word + Carr Design Group.  Her attentive design skills coupled with a keen understanding of construction sequencing offer an invaluable source of inventive ideas and practical strategies.


Jennifer Knott, PLA
Senior Associate, Studio Manager

After receiving her Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of California Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, Jennifer began her 14-year practice in northern California, where she worked primarily on public open space projects. She has also worked closely with universities to create design guidelines for long-term planning and implementation. She loves working closely with clients to find the perfect marriage of function and beauty for their landscape and to help them see their vision come to life. 

Leah Romero, PLA -- Landscape Architect, Communications

Alex Thompson -- Landscape Designer

Allie Davis -- Landscape Designer

Emilie Potter -- Landscape Designer

Claire Huo -- Landscape Designer

Rosemary Harris -- Garden Boss

William Niendorff -- Landscape Designer

Pedro Acosta -- Construction Supervisor

Stephen Slaughter -- Comptroller, Estimator

Nate Jenkins -- Estimator