Word + Carr Design Group is a landscape architecture design/build firm 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. 

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. 

We believe beauty is not only necessary but essential in everyday life. While we reject the notion that it is one-dimensional, we acknowledge that time transfigures its expression.

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. 


Genevieve Buentello
Associate, Project Manager

Genevieve’s interest in landscape is rooted in a strong connection to land as well as her passion for art and form.  With a background in fine arts and landscape architecture, she believes in exploring design through drawing and study with respect to the myriad layers of context present in every site. She brings 10 years of residential and commercial design experience to the table and encourages a collaborative process with clients and other design professionals.  She rejoices in tactile juxtapositions and has a penchant for exotic plants and animals. 

Jamin Pablo, PLA
Project Manager

As a licensed landscape architect in Texas with close to ten years of professional experience, Jamin has overseen the design, management and implementation of various domestic and international landscape types ranging in scale and complexity. Jamin’s background in ecology as well as landscape architecture gives him a unique set of tools needed to produce creative and environmentally sensitive design solutions. He is deeply invested in the special role that landscape, plants and details can play in creating a sense of place and memorable experiences.

Leah Romero -- Landscape Designer

Alex Thompson -- Landscape Designer

Allie Davis -- Landscape Designer

Emilie Potter -- Landscape Designer

Claire Huo -- Landscape Designer

Rosemary Harris -- Maintenance Manager

William Niendorff -- Landscape Designer

Pedro Acosta -- Construction Supervisor

Stephen Slaughter -- Comptroller, Estimator

Nate Jenkins -- Estimator