Apiary Studio

Our Approach

Apiary Studio is a landscape architecture firm devoted to the creation of sustainable, spirited landscapes. We strive to develop beautiful spaces through meticulous craftsmanship, conscientious use of diverse and exciting plant species, and innovative construction materials. Apiary Studio believes in the power of collaboration with our clients and project partners to achieve optimal design solutions that improve people’s lives and enrich their daily experiences. We pride ourselves on being nimble and adaptable, and take equal enjoyment in design development for large scale projects as we do with field work for smaller design-build applications.


Our Team

Led by Hans Hesselein, Apiary Studio is a landscape architecture firm based in Philadelphia, PA, established in 2015. We provide the full suite of landscape architectural services from site inventory & analysis, schematic design, visualization and rendering, construction documentation and administration as well as masterplanning and horticultural consulting.. We believe in the principles of value-based design that improves the physical environment and contributes to the greater culture around us. We also have an ongoing research project in the form of a small urban nursery in Philadelphia that grows underutilized native and urban-adaptive plant material. We are specialists in successive planting design and thoughtful small-scale design-build landscape projects.


Hans Hesselein received a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State University in 2004. He has spent time working internationally in Germany as well as at several domestic landscape architecture firms. Possessing hands-on knowledge of construction, landscape installation and nursery production, Hans’s design sensibilities are rooted in the physical experience of working directly with plants and materials. He served most recently as Executive Director of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, where he was responsible for developing and managing green infrastructure projects, watershed planning initiatives and volunteer stewardship programs. Hans is an adjunct professor at Jefferson University, where he teaches two courses on the history of Landscape Architecture.

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Client List

  • Gowanus Canal Conservancy

  • Pleasant Run Nursery

  • Lutheran Settlement House

  • New Kensington Community Development Corporation

  • South Kensington Community Partners

  • Vare-Washington School

  • Horatio B Hackett School

  • W.B. Saul High School

  • Fox Chase Farm

  • Impact Services Corporation

  • The Nature Conservancy

  • Clinton Housing Development Company