Fruit Studio is a landscape practice directed by Ian Quate, who is a designer based in Asheville, North Carolina.
Before moving to North Carolina Ian worked with Nelson Byrd Woltz landscape architects in New York City, designing landscape masterplans and constructed works across the United States and New Zealand.
Transforming a small motel into a garden-centered family compound, NBWLA collaborated with ARCHITECTUREFIRM appropriating the traditional building materials of stone, terrace and cedar shake, resulting in a property unlike anything in Montauk.
Long Island, New York
NBWLA team: Thomas Woltz, Serena Nelson, Erin Percevault, Ian Quate
Working closely with North Brooklyn Farms founders Henry Sweets and Ryan Watson, NBWLA organized the arrival, gathering lawn, farm, container offices and kitchen on the site of the demolished Domino Sugar Factory. We imported topsoil for farming. sand, gravel and sod for lawns, aggregate for pathways and biking; creating an infrastructure of ground treatments corresponding to the intended use of each space. The outpouring of community help and volunteerism, who had no nearby greenspaces to gather among friends or walk among flowers, much less enjoy a fire next to a working farm, made North Brooklyn Farms a storied destination.
New York City
NBWLA team: Thomas Woltz, Paul Appleton, Ian Quate
Integrating historical documents from Roxi Thoren at the University of Oregon, a 15-scientist biological survey with the SUNY-ESF, and agricultural recommendations from Zach Wolf farming consultant, NBWLA created a comprehensive Master Plan, stitching together these specialists work into an intuitive and beautiful landscape. Following the Master Plans completion we supervised the phased implementation process as roads were re-routed and graded, lawns turned into crop furrows and meadows, and barns and greenhouses raised; transforming a country estate into a thriving biological and educational hub, now home to the Fuller Center for Productive Landscapes.
NBWLA team: Thomas Woltz, Jeffrey Longhenry, Jeremy Jordan, John Ridenour, Maggie Hanson, Ian Quate
With Other-Fields, a collaboration between Ian Quate and Colleen Tuite, Ian has published in architectural journals with Princeton University, UVA, UC Berkeley, and City College in New York, and created installations in New York City and San Francisco, CA.
Princeton University School of Architecture
Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning
University of California Berkeley
Ground Up Journal
Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture
The City College of New York PLOT
A Journal of the Americas
School of Architecture at the University of Virginia