Monday Meeting with Rob Dinsmore, the newest principal at Urban Design Studio in West Palm Beach.
By Susan Salisbury
For The Palm Beach Post
Rob Dinsmore discovered his love for creating landscape plans when he took a semester off during college and worked at a landscape company in Stuart.
Dinsmore, who went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture, is the newest principal in West Palm Beach-based Urban Design Studio, an urban design, planning and landscape architecture firm. He joined the firm in 2016 and is now one of six principals.
The firm was previously known as Urban Design Kilday Studios. Following a May merger with Miller Land Planning of Boynton Beach, it is now called Urban Design Studio.
Dinsmore finds that he sometimes must explain that being a landscape architect goes way beyond selecting plants. Professional licensed landscape architects create master plans and design such outdoor spaces as parks, gardens, college campuses, golf courses and shopping centers and other public spaces and plan the locations of buildings, roads, walkways, parking, shrubs and trees within those environments.
“It is about creating public spaces, site design and merging the engineering and artistic angles of it together. I design the public realm you utilize every day,” Dinsmore said.
A project completed in 2019 involved improvements at Florida Power & Light Company’s Manatee Lagoon, an eco-discovery center and manatee viewing site overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway in West Palm Beach. The facility completed in 2016 needed additional parking and as that expansion was underway, its director