About Us

Study of the Landscape

The diverse landscapes of Chile have been the setting for the majority of the projects of Teresa Moller Studio since its founding in 1990. Distinct palettes of plants and materials are utilized as project locations range from the Atacama Desert in the north to the Lakes Region of the south as well as from the Pacific Coast in the east to the Andes mountain range in the west. This diversity has developed a way of working in the studio that approaches each project by examining the valuable elements existing in the site along with the surrounding natural systems, local ecology, and architecture. Thus, every project is a direct and unique result of its environment. The work has an architectural base, a geometry that structures the landscape over which the vegetation interacts more freely. Her work is characterized by its simplicity and Teresa strongly believes that in that simplicity lies its force. This force unites nature with architecture and provides a point of interaction between humans and their surroundings. Evident eastern influences arise from the similarities existing between the various ecologies of the Pacific coastal landscape.

The studio works in the realms of residential, public urban space, commercial, institutional and agricultural settings with many built projects to date. The goal of the office is always to collaborate with the architects and clients, using each participant’s strengths and knowledge to arrive at an integrated design solution that is both efficient and elegant.

Teresa Moller

Landscape architect / Owner

Tere has been working in the field of Landscape Architecture for the past 30 years. She strongly believes in the power of simplicity. For her, a careful observation and awareness of the landscape is the key for developing social-culture projects and bringing nature accessible to people. The most important aspect of her work is to find what is on site and what is needed to bring people to experience nature.

Teresa has always marveled at the luck she has being able to work in the wide range of landscapes that exist in Chile. In her words the variable landscapes in Chile have taught her everything as she has to often meet the extreme differences in environments from working in the desert of Northern Chile to the rain forests in Southern Chile.

In her book ‘Unveiling the Landscape’ Teresa Moller shares her works to the world. The projects displayed are unique, strong, equally beautiful and demonstrate are strong understanding of the sites pre-conditions. Private gardens and other works, Teresa brings out the best from each sites; what is often considered neglected or without much landscape values is for her the core of the project.

"When we are quiet, we begin to hear what the land tells us. Of course, the most important part is to try and develop a project which can, then, help other people listen and be aware of what the landscape tells them, so that they can find who they are and what is there for them."

Teresa Moller – Lecture. About Nature , Athens Concert Hall, 3 October 2014

Macarena Urzúa

Associate / Architect

Maca is an Inspiring and energetic architect that works very closely to Teresa in helping make fundamental decision with the designs and helps overseeing the rest of the team.  She also works as a part time architecture teacher at the University of architecture in Santiago. Her patience and skill to teach is of great benefit to us all and we enjoy to learn from her experience and creativity.

The studio is a place of creativity and originality that aspires for designing beautiful and sensitive landscapes. The office brings together a range of professions that share the same passion for design and nature. A perfect balance that enables every aspect of a project from the primarily design stage to the construction stage to be handled fully, ensuring long lasting designs.

Design and Approach

The key to our design approach is to find the perfect equilibrium in meeting the clients brief and carefully observing the existing landscape in order to understand how to develop the design.

For Tere carefully observing the existing landscape of the site is key to all of her designs and her work process. In her own words ´Exploring the landscape in order to fully appreciate what is existing in the site, is always my first step´. This involves physically spending time in the site to fully understand its moods, changes throughout the day and if possible the seasons. By dedicating this time on site before the drawing board means that Tere achieves an amazing comprehension of the site, its surroundings, its history and its landscape potentials.

After the design is approved it is of great importance for us to attend the construction and the maintenance stage of our design.

Construction

The construction stage is a crucial aspect of the project. Designs on paper remain conceptual, thus being outside on site, allows us to see how projects come across in reality. Following the processes of construction enables to assess what needs to be changed or improved from the initial drawn proposal.

Therefore designing is a back and forth process of being outside on site and back in the office to update the plan. The construction stage is significant to us as it helps us to improve our designs to the best. Consequently a project is never static.

Teresa works very closely with the construction team, re-accessing design decisions whilst on site. For the projects in Chile we have a construction team that builds the designs. We work closely with the architects involved throughout the whole construction stage. Our team deals with architectural landscape construction, irrigation, soil preparation and planting.

For international projects we provide specific details in order for a local contractor to carry out the work.

Maintenance

A crucial aspect to any design is the maintenance. Therefore, it is part of our office philosophy to follow the processes of a project after its construction stage. A landscape project is understood as a process that we strongly believe should be looked after closely in order to assure its long lasting design.

From the studio we provide a service where, if the client wishes, trained horticulturists visit the garden or project on a regular basis to provide advice. This way we can ensure that the design achieves the foreseen result.