"I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work."
– Frank Lloyd Wright
The land is ours to benefit from, but is also ours to protect, restore, and nurture. A successful project develops from successful relationships, not just with people, but with our surroundings – both created and natural. High West is inspired daily to create and foster these relationships while acting as stewards of the land. The outcome is a resilient project that is sustainable for the future. Having concern for our environment - for our community, for nature, for wildlife, for natural systems - since we were kids, we've always had a passion for understanding the relationships among and between the things around us. Now we have the opportunity to leave every space we touch in better shape than we found it and continually have a positive effect on the people and communities that come into contact with our work. That will be our legacy.
Founded in 2014, High West Landscape Architects is the fastest-growing firm in the Reno-Tahoe area offering sustainable residential, commercial and public projects that seamlessly integrate our created and natural environments for a lasting positive impact on our families, our communities and the environment.
Our small team of passionate designers has over 40 years combined experience working on projects across Northern California, Northern Nevada and the Midwest, ranging from university master planning to commercial streetscapes, high-end residential to campground design, stream restoration, parks and recreation, and everything in-between. We work with clients all over the world, utilizing state-of-the-art technology to interface openly in real time.
At High West, we derive inspiration from our amazing natural surroundings, our community, and of course, our diverse clients. We utilize a collaborative process to involve clients in the design process and ensure that they are as inspired by it as we are, and get to fully experience all the fun and excitement to be had as they watch a project develop over time in surprising ways. We like to say we solve problems people didn’t know they had by offering solutions they didn’t know were possible. Through this approach, we form lasting and trusting relationships in a combined effort to create balance and meaning. The outcome is most often sheer delight!
Landscape architecture is about far more than "pretty-ing" up yard or neighborhood. Our thoughtful, intentional, interactive designs actually change the way you interact with other people and with the environment. We achieve that by utilizing a systems approach - taking into account every facet of a project including the space, the people, the environment. That 360 degree perspective allows us to focus on preserving resources and enhancing natural beauty, while improving human interaction, health and safety, all of which have far-reaching social, economic and environmental benefits.
John Pruyn sees endless possibilities for creativity in nature. With over 26 years of professional experience in landscape architecture, he is passionate about his work as an outlet for this creativity. He holds a Landscape Architecture Degree from Louisiana State University, and worked with Rose Associates in Walnut Creek, California, Thomas A. Stille in Reno, Nevada, and Ward Young Architects in Truckee, California, before co-founding L+P DesignWorks in Truckee, California, which was the predecessor company to High West Landscape Architects.
In addition to the benefits he provides through his work, John gives back to the local community as a member of Truckee Rotary Club, Sierra Business Council, and Contractors Association of Truckee-Tahoe (CATT). He has served as Chairman to the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District Board as well as on the Town of Truckee Storm Water Advisory Committee.
John has lived in the Truckee-Tahoe area since 1993. When he’s not working, you might find him down by the river, fly fishing, while his best friend, Maddox the border collie sits patiently on a boulder nearby. He is a loving husband, and father to two children and two cats. John is also an avid golfer, skier, and home brewer.
Patrick McEnany lives every day in absolute awe of nature, and constantly looks for new ways to respect, honor and support nature in his work and in his personal life. He studied at the School of Architecture at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and after a brief hiatus (having moved to Truckee, California to teach skiing), later earned a Landscape Architecture Degree from the University of California, Davis and studied Environmental Design at Kyoto University in Japan. He worked at U.C. Davis as a Post-Graduate Researcher for the Land Analysis and Systems Research Lab before working with Drew Goetting Consulting in Berkeley, California and Brian Clark and Associates (now Confluence) in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2004, Patrick moved back to Truckee and began working under John at L+P DesignWorks until 2011, when he founded his own firm, McEnany Planning and Landscape Architecture Inc. He then co-founded High West Landscape Architects with John in 2014. Patrick has over 15 years of professional experience.
Outside of the business, Patrick participates in local community building as an active member of the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, of CATT, and has served on the Town of Truckee Trails Selection and Advisory Committee, as well as volunteering with the Truckee River Watershed Council, and as past President to the Board of Truckee Trails Foundation.
Having spent much time in the Truckee-Tahoe area as a kid, Patrick is naturally an avid skier, golfer, and loves saltwater and freshwater fly fishing. When not working, socializing or playing, Patrick can be found wrapped up in a home project or Netflix series with his wife, with their two old dogs and four cats looking on (or getting in the way!).
At an early age Kacy Roeder found herself drawn to the smells, sounds, and landscapes of the mountains of the east. Her interests lie in using ecological systems to create balanced and resilient designs, as well as the positive impacts public spaces can have on communities. Influenced by her years growing up snowboarding the cold, icy peaks of Vermont, Kacy took to studying Environmental Science and Ecological Design at the University of Vermont. Passionate about establishing a life where she could blend work with play, Kacy soon found herself in Truckee, where she was able to foster her love of the outdoors by working at the River School Farm in Reno, Nevada. Wanting to hone her stills and further educate herself, she obtained her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Colorado Denver.
While attending UCD, Kacy interned for High West and the City of Denver in the Parks and Recreation Department. While working for Denver Parks and Rec, she engaged in the practical application of her studies by facilitating the construction of large community parks and contributing to the preservation of open green space in Denver’s growing city. Kacy is excited and grateful to be back in the Sierra, where she is successfully able to integrate her studies of landscape architecture with her passion for the big mountains.
As a dedicated member of our local community, Kacy is currently playing an integral role in the implementation of the Rocker Memorial Skatepark, a new public skatepark for the Town of Truckee. She is working closely with designers, advocates, and our community of skaters to expand on the existing popular park. When not putting her skills to work, Kacy can be found on her mountain bike, skateboard, or snowboard, enjoying the backyard mountains of the Sierra.
Christy Lyle has the unique capability to combine her love of the natural landscape with her artistic endeavors. Her personal and professional ventures have allowed her to express herself by using the earth as a medium for form, function, and inspiration. Looking to utilize her creativity within her career, Christy attended Colorado State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. She then felt the pull to experience a new landscape and gravitated towards Vermont to work on an organic vegetable farm. The small-town culture and ever-changing seasons of Vermont inspired Christy to seek out the other hidden gems across the country. She soon hit the road in her vintage camper to meet and learn from different types of farmers from coast to coast. This experience was documented through photography and writing on her blog to share the people and processes behind our food. After a year of traveling, Christy found her way back to Colorado where she put her collected knowledge towards starting a ½ acre diverse vegetable operation from the ground-up. The farm season had come to a close when she found High West Landscape Architects and an opportunity to set her roots in Truckee. Here she is excited to apply all that she has learned in her travels and education to the landscapes of North Tahoe and beyond.
If she’s not in her garage studio creating art, you can find Christy and her pup, Lupine, on a trail running, hiking, and playing in all four seasons.