DG2 Design was founded in 2011.
DG2 Design’s mission is to nourish, restore, and connect people and our planet. The goal with every project is to efficiently use the space to help nature and architecture exist as counterparts to a whole, functioning space that provides peace, play, and perspective.
By nourishing the land, restoring the habitat, and connecting people to nature, we are, in turn, nourishing people. It’s a cycle.”
—Kristy DeGuire, PLA, CPSI
President of DG2 Design
The team at DG2 Design is committed to honoring the symbiotic relationship that exists between nature and people. To accomplish that, the team designs outdoor spaces to invite people in. To welcome and encourage a relationship between people and nature that is positive and mutually beneficial.
DG2 Design is known for landscape architecture that thoughtfully utilizes space to grant access and enjoyment for all.
Quick Facts about DG2 Design
- DG2 is a WBE/DBE certified business.
- It is headquartered in Eureka, Missouri with an additional location in Ozark, Missouri.
- The company of fewer than 10 employees is led by award-winning planning and landscape architect Kristy DeGuire.
- They are a small team that makes a big impact with a values-first approach to each project.
- They are committed to connecting people and nature in a way that restores and preserves our planet.
Kristy DeGuire, PLA, CPSI, and President of DG2 Design
Kristy DeGuire is a graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in landscape architecture and is a registered landscape architect in Missouri and Illinois. She has completed the course as a certified playground safety inspector which aids her in designing safe playgrounds. Prior to founding DG2 Design, she worked for almost a decade with a multidisciplinary design firm where she led the planning and landscape architecture team. While there, Kristy received multiple awards and honorable mentions for her work.
Her educational background, professional experience, and history of creating award-winning outdoor spaces are the tip of the iceberg that comprises Kristy DeGuire’s qualifications as a planning and landscape architect. Kristy’s view of any outdoor space is through the lens of her personal experience.
Kristy’s personal experiences have shaped her perspective on landscape architecture.
Kristy married her husband Jeremiah in 2005 just after he was medically discharged from the United States Marine Corps.
Shortly after their first wedding anniversary, a building collapsed during a storm in St. Louis. Jeremiah suffered injuries in the collapse when a wall fell onto him. He was left paralyzed.
Kristy and Jeremiah are parents to three exceptional children. Their path to parenthood was not smooth. Their twin children born in 2013 were born prematurely at 24 weeks. Their babies spent five months in the neonatal intensive care unit, which meant Kristy, Jeremiah, and their older son all spent a great deal of time on campus at the hospital as well.
One of the twins, their son Jude, had a brain bleed at two days old. He has cerebral palsy as a result and walks with a cane. Like any other child, he often enjoys a mixture of quiet and adventure play.
There is no doubt Kristy and her family have faced many difficult circumstances. Those circumstances have made Kristy a better landscape architect.
Accessibility and purpose are never an afterthought.
We draw from our life experiences to help us understand our clients’ needs in a greater way. There are some things you can’t comprehend fully through learning in a school setting. You have to learn through life experiences.”
—Kristy DeGuire, President
At DG2 Design, accessibility is never an afterthought that is clumsily added to a design. It is an integrative principle that guides and informs landscape architecture. The impact of an outdoor space that brings peace and healing for those who are facing a life-changing event is something that Kristy deeply understands.
Kristy and her family believe in the healing principles of connecting and restoring people and the land so much that they began Wheels 2 Fields Flower Farm. Wheels 2 Fields Farm is the modern homestead of Kristy and Jeremiah DeGuire and a pesticide free cut flower farm. The working farm has slowly become a hands-on site for the DG2 Design practice. Plant walks, soil experiments, and studio retreats are being integrated into the culture of DG2 Design. A Master Plan for Wheels 2 Fields Farm has been in process since 2018. You can learn more about the flower farm by following their journey.
The DG2 Team
PLA Landscape Architect
Jeff is a landscape architect and projector manager at DG2 Design. He is passionate about design and nature. In his spare time, you can find him hiking, canoeing, kayaking, or learning more about plants, animals, geology, and natural ecosystems. He graduated in 1976 from Purdue University. He is CLARB certified, a member of ASLA, and holds professional landscape architect registration in Missouri, Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio.
Marketing Coordinator & Designer
Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University. Stephanie loves to educate others about landscape architecture and designing everything from landscape to quilts and more. At DG2 Design, Stephanie specializes in RFP coordination, public outreach and interaction, and landscape design for smaller projects.
Sara coordinates the details on a variety of projects, specifically from the landscape architects and civil engineers. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in Civil Engineering and provides quality assurance and quality control reviews of construction documentation and specifications prior to issuing the final product to project clients. When she’s not working, you’ll most likely find her on a tennis court and will occasionally see her taking a walk in Kirkwood, biking the Gravois Greenway, or golfing. On a summer weekend you might find her at the lake soaking in the sun and reading a good book.
ASLA Landscape Architect 1 (in training)
Mimi chose DG2 Design because she appreciates the effort the team puts into local communities through ecological and educational landscape design. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is accredited with the American Society of Landscape Architects. Her favorite part of every project is seeing the team’s ideas become real-life renderings or construction drawings and seeing the project at completion. When not working, Mimi enjoys baking with her two cats Mao and Chopchop, hiking, and crocheting.
ASLA Landscape Designer
Brad believes that the human experience in a landscape is deeply affected by the intangible qualities of a space and that any design must therefore consider the sensory equal to the concrete. Striving to create spaces that have meaning and value for both man and nature, he approaches the design process with a multi-disciplinary philosophy. Brad uses his knowledge of ecology as well as architecture and construction to develop landscapes that sit lightly on the land, yet provide real aesthetic and functional benefits to their users as well as their local ecologies. Brad graduated from the University of Georgia in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture. He appreciates the opportunity to explore his creativity on a daily basis through his work in landscape architecture and custom home building.
ASLA Landscape Designer
Derek has a passion rooted in his deep appreciation for thorough analysis, resulting in creating spaces that enrich peoples’ lives. His project experience includes streetscapes, parks, healthcare, and education campuses, along with dynamic urban spaces. I love thinking about the ‘big picture,’ even on projects that are only several thousand square feet. Regardless of scale, every thought and articulated detail has an impact on a larger system. Derek’s experience includes collaborating with multidisciplinary design teams and providing project management. He has been instrumental in his various projects, recognized with several design awards throughout his career.
Derek has a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Purdue University and is active within the St. Louis chapter of ASLA, having served as Chapter President 2017-2020. When out of the office, Derek enjoys spending time with his wife and family (including his dog Bella), relaxing outdoors, and coaching his son’s various sports teams.
DG2 Design is An Award-Winning Landscape Architecture Firm
River des Peres Greenway (Gravois Road to Lansdowne Avenue)
Role: Master Planning and Landscape Architect Project Manager. The project was completed while at another firm.
- American Society of Landscape Architects, St. Louis, MO — Merit Award 2015
Role: Owners Representative. This project was completed while at another firm.
- American Society of Landscape Architects — Honor Award 2011
Old Post Office Plaza
Role: Landscape Architect. The project was completed while at another firm.
- American Society of Landscape Architects, Missouri State — Honor Award 2011
- Best Landscape Architecture — AZ Award 2011, Finalist
- Metal Architecture Design Awards — Honorable Mention 2011
- Canadian Architect — Award of Merit 2009
Washington University Bicycle Master Plan
Role: Landscape Architect. This project was completed at another firm.
- American Society of Landscape Architects, St. Louis, MO — Honor Award 2008
Dardenne Greenway at BaratHaven Park
Role: Landscape Architect. This project was completed while at another firm.
- Partnership Award from the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) Great Lakes Region — 2008
- Leadership in Planning and Design Innovation Award from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments — 2008