Biography.Brian F. Davis, president, Libra Design Group
Mr. Davis has spent the last twenty five years practicing the art of Landscape Architecture on many exciting and diverse projects. A graduate of Purdue University, he began his career in his hometown of Indianapolis with Interdesign but soon after moved to Dallas, where in the early 80’s he executed various projects throughout the Southwest and Florida for Texas developers such as Trammel Crow Company, Lincoln and Paragon Group. After spending a year in Dallas with Enviro Design, he and a college established a branch office for the firm in Tampa, servicing the firms’ Florida clientele. In 1987, he joined Canin Associates in Orlando as director of Landscape Architecture where he was tasked with building the Landscape Architectural practice. Mr. Davis, over the next sixteen years, built the group into a powerhouse, executing resorts and master planned communities for national and international names such as Marriott, Fairfield, Disney, Terrabrook and many others. He established his own diverse practice, Libra Design Group, in June 2004, where today he continues to execute world class landscape architectural environments throughout the Southeast and abroad.
Contact Information:Brian F. Davis, ASLA
President, Libra Design Group
1322 Eastin Ave.
Orlando, Florida, 32804
Phone: 407-649-1828
Fax: 407-428-9526
Professional License Number LA 935
bdavis@libradesigngroup.com
www.libradesigngroup.com

Philosophy:
Libra means balance and harmony. Libra Design Group was created to bring balance and harmony to all of our design efforts.
Our vision: world class place making through the art of landscape architecture.
Our mission: to create dynamic places that balance the natural, cultural, economic and architectural elements of a project through artful and creative design.
We are about creating experiences, places and memories; we create a stage for memorable experiences that will last a lifetime.
We are all about the team. The team includes the owner, designers, contractors and operators that work in a dynamic environment where the members of each group commit to a vision of the project and pledge to see that vision to reality.
We understand that the drawings we produce are only a communicative medium to guide the implementation process. We believe in extensive construction involvement combined with a long term commitment to the maturation of the project. We achieve this through our project review program. Our logo represents our philosophy and approach to our work.The triangle represents the birth of a project, with the three points representing the owner, the design team and the contractor, all working together to realize the original vision.The circle represents the creative design process that is ongoing and flexible, allowing input from the projects stakeholdersThe square represents the construction and maturation process, including the four stages of a project: 1. Vision or birth of a project. 2. Design phase representing childhood. 3. Construction phase or adulthood. 4.Maturation phase of the development.


Boca Lago at Vivante, Punta Gorda, Florida. A condominium community by the Bove Company, Jacksonville, Fl.
Responsibilities include entry, bridge, pool area, landscape design. Concepts through construction.
Located in Punta Gorda, this luxury condominium community will set a new quality standard for the area. The project is designed as a classically elegant Spanish Mediterranean village. The entry includes a three tiered entwined fish fountain in a setting of beautiful specimen date palms. A bridge spanning the existing lake is designed with twenty five foot towers on each end reminiscent of the classical architecture of Addison Mizner.
The pool/ clubhouse area is designed as a series of outdoor rooms, each with its own unique landscape, pool and fountain. Trellises and specimen trees are used as outdoors landscape walls to enclose space. The result is a beautifully elegant and classically detailed outdoor recreational space for the residents of the community.Fairfield Inn, Key west, Florida, pool and landscape renovation. White Lodging Services Corporation, Merriville, Indiana.
Responsibilities include pool area design, landscape, main entry design. Concept design through construction.
The project entailed the renovation of the existing pool area and the addition of a new pool space through the removal of portions of the existing parking. The entry sequence to the lobby building was drastically improved with the addition of a new roundabout drive, along with fountains and pavers. The entire existing landscape will be renovated, with an emphasis on the dynamic tropical landscape indigenous to the island. The overall image of the project will be dramatically through the addition of plantings at Roosevelt boulevard.Grande Lakes Resort, Orlando, Florida
The first of its kind in the world, Grande Lakes Resort includes a Ritz Carlton and a JW Marriott Hotel on the same property. The resort also includes a Greg Norman Signature Golf Club, along with a world class spa and health club; all in a spectacular semi-tropical landscape setting.
The Landscape a Architecture takes its inspiration from the indigenous Central Florida landscape of natural artesian springs. Many other design motifs throughout the resort depict native flora and fauna. The Florida panther became the signature icon of the resort represented in the project logo and the spectacular panther fountain at the entry to the Ritz Carlton hotel.Horizons Timeshare Resort, Orlando, Florida. Marriott Vacation Club International
Created while director of Landscape Architecture at Canin Associates. Responsibilities include site planning, pool and water feature, interactive water park, entrance and landscape design.“Come to Stay, Stay and Play” sums up the concept behind the Horizons timeshare reort in Orlando. The entire resort was designed to offer a multitude of recreational opportunities to the owners, including a pirate ship pool, interactive water park, putting course, basketball, fishing and open play space.
Themed after a key west village, a main street was created that leads from the entry bridge to the sales center to the recreation areas, allowing easy access from all buildings. The landscape supports the key west theme with the use of tropical palms, trees and flowering shrub beds. The result is a uniquely wonderful environment for vacationers.Hotel Landscape Renovation, Poipu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii. CTF Hotels and Resorts, Washington, DC.
Responsibilities include conceptual pool area and landscape renovation of this existing hotel in Kauai.
Located on one of the world”s most beautiful beaches, this hotel was severely damaged by hurricane Ineki and is currently under renovation. Libra Design Group was retained to completely renovate the pool area through the design of a new pool, pool bar, water features and landscape. The initial concepts include three very different approaches to the design of the key outdoor area of the resort: one design is based on a natural Hawaiian waterfall and pool: one is a modern expression within a tropical environment, and one as a complete integration of pool and architecture.
All of the pools will result in a quintessential Hawaiian environment with waterfalls, pools, decks, and planting that speak to the indigenous Hawaiian context.

Sarabande, Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida a condominium development by Crescendo Management Inc. Los Angeles
Responsibilities include site planning, concept design for the village area including streetscape, pool area and sales center.
This existing condominium development in Howey-in-the-Hills is conceived as a quaint hillside Spanish village along the banks of Lake Harris. The concept was to integrate all of the recreational and sales elements, along with new residential units into a dynamic village streetscape.Sarasota Commerce Center, Sarasota, Florida. A mixed use office/retail development for Denholtz Associates.

Created while director of landscape architecture at canin associates.
Responsibilities include site planning and conceptual landscape architectural design.
This office and retail development was designed to integrate the existing lake and office buildings with the restaurants along fruitville road. This was accomplished through the design of a retail street that physically connects the new offices with the existing office and retail. Walkways were also designed to facilitate access through the site, along with the addition of a lake that will serve as a strong visual focus of the community.Services:
Site Planning and Conceptual Design: the ideation phase of a project where all of the creative design ideas are tested and developed. Includes planning and layout of site elements, including buildings, parking along with conceptual themeing and landscape design. We feel that it is critical to the success of the project to combine these two activities early on in the design process to identify the key form-giving elements of the project.
Landscape Architecture: the steps involved in developing the ideas in the conceptual phase into the reality of a built environment. This includes schematic, design development and construction document phases of the project.
Construction Implementation: the construction phase of the project is critical to the realization of the original projects vision. We provide extensive services during this phase to help the contractor and owner in the implementation of our designs. This includes selection of final materials for hardscapes and plant materials. Hand tagging of specimen trees, layout of the key plant beds and trees, along with oversight of installation of all hardscape and softscape elements.
Post Installation: we place great emphasis on the proper maturation of our projects and play an active role to assure that the original vision of the project is realized. This is accomplished in two ways: we provide the owner and operator with the original design direction for the community including detailed instruction on the overall maintenance of the landscape. Along with this, we provide periodic review of the project after installation.


Created while Director of Landscape Architecture at Canin Associates.
Grande Vista Resort, Orlando, Florida, a Luxury Timeshare Resort for Marriott Vacation Club InternationalDesigned to resemble a Mediterranean fishing village, Grande vista Resort is an award winning resort community offering a wide variety of amenities and activities to its guests. This includes a Nick Faldo Golf Institute; a nine hole golf course and world class instruction facility, along with specialty pools, and a lakefront promenade for walkers and joggers.
The landscape complements the Mediterranean architectural style with the use of exotic palms, trees and flowering groundcover all combined to create a lush, tropical landscape environment