Studio Profile

Core Studio Design is a landscape architecture and planning firm with offices in Baltimore, Maryland.

Our work includes a wide range of urban design, academic, public parks, and institutional, commercial and residential projects.

The firm was founded in 2008 to provide high level landscape architecture, planning and urban design services with individual attention paid to each project.

Core Studio Design creates memorable environments focusing on a spatial and temporal approach to architectural, urban and landscape settings, while incorporating each site’s identity of culture, nature, history and function.

This perspective is integrated with a clear understanding of costs, scheduling and current construction techniques and values.





Maryland MDOT MBE

North Carolina Hub

Virginia Swam

Pennsylvania WBE

New Jersey WBE

Delaware OMWBE


City of Baltimore WBE

Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission MFD

Our People

Core Studio Design is organized around its principals. We operate as equal partners and are all practicing designers.

We work independently or collaboratively according to the project, with a single partner always in overall control.

Clients work directly with designers to provide a clear connection between design ideas and the clients’ needs and goals.

Betsy Boykin Resume / Email

Betsy Boykin was born in Baltimore and studied art and art history at Williams College in Massachusetts. She began her design career in video, before returning to study landscape architecture at Harvard University.

Betsy is the founder of Core Studio Design. She has worked with several offices including Hargreaves Associates and Child Associates and in Boston, and formed the landscape studio at Ayers/Saint/Gross in Baltimore. She was on the executive committee of the GSD Alumni Council and the Baltimore County Design Review Panel.

Exploring the relationship between content and built form, Betsy expands both in a process that incorporates concepts of systemic landscape architecture with a designed approach to each site. Her work includes institutional and commercial projects, metropolitan parks, master plans and residential projects.

Betsy involves landscape students in her practice, and encourages them to think beyond the confines and locales of traditional landscape practice. She is a frequent design critic at numerous schools.

Steve Young Resume / Email

Stephen Young is an award-winning designer, artist, and project manager with years of technical expertise and administration. He graduated with a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Urban Studies from the College of Wooster.

Steven has worked in various regions of the country, working with Richard Burck Associates in Somerville, and Peter Lindsay Schaudt Landscape Architecture in Chicago. He is currently working on projects at Washington and Lee University, Montgomery College and Town Center.