Elise Shelley is the principal landscape architect of Elise Shelley Landscape Architect / Shelley Roche Studio. Shelley’s background and training in architecture influences her design. SRS designs are spatial and functional with attention to craft and technical details. Aesthetics are defined by the inherent nature of the materials -- the veining of a piece of stone, the grain or texture of wood, the colour of foliage or the exfoliation of bark.  Spaces are defined by strategic placement of materials, both hard and soft, to create transitions and thresholds between architecture and landscape, as well as to create exterior rooms that are seasonal and flexible. Horizontal and vertical forms provide simple, contemporary frames for dynamic elements, such as wind, light, water, and vegetation that visibly mark the changing of the seasons. 

An ongoing mandate of SRS is to promote research through practice. Current work focuses on material innovation, community-engaged landscapes and universal design. Projects throughout the city and region have introduced new materials, methods and cost-effective innovations in garden technology, stormwater management, tree planting methods, and cladding materials.