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

City of Baltimore Pre-Qualified Consultant

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 is the founder of Core Studio Design, a landscape architecture firm specializing in institutional and commercial projects. She graduated with a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) and with a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Art History from Williams College.

Betsy has worked with several offices, including Child Associates and Hargreaves Associates in Boston, and founded the landscape studio at Ayers Saint Gross in Baltimore. She has worked extensively across the country and in Baltimore on the planning and design of projects including the Maryland Public Health Laboratory, the University of Baltimore Library Renovation, and Virginia Tech’s Holden Hall. She is currently working on the William & Mary Integrated Science Center 4, Old Dominion University’s New Health Sciences, Virginia Tech’s Holden Hall and Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus.

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.

Steve 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 the Maryland Center for the Arts, 400 Park Avenue and Old Dominion University’s New Health Sciences building.