It’s hard to find a better landscape architect than Harold Leidner. I’d hazard to say that few, if any, can match his eye for how landscapes interact with their surroundings, and how to make modern design look and feel organic.
He’s best known for his amazing work on the 21st floor penthouse at the Ritz Carlton Residences that was recently purchased by Charles and Moll Anderson. Featuring bold shapes and textures, this project is a feast for the eyes.
CandysDirt.com: Where are you from?
Harold Leidner: Born and raised in Dallas. Great place to live and work.
CD: How did you get into landscape architecture?
Leidner: Started in high school when I was mowing lawns and taking care of landscapes. It piqued my interest in the design of landscapes and the value of beautiful properties and gardens.
CD: Innovative outdoor design is a hallmark of your brand. What inspires you most?
Leidner: Sophisticated and modern design that is well detailed. I also enjoy seeing and incorporating unique items in the garden that are not typically found there. The recent Chihuly exhibit at the Arboretum was a great example. Having the artistry, color, and delicacy of the glass blended into the gardens was beautiful.
CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?
Leidner: I live in the Prestonwood neighborhood off Preston and Arapaho. We are fortunate to have a great lots that back up to a natural creek.
CD: And you drive ….let me guess, Mercedes Benz?
Leidner: BMW X5 M. Fun to drive and I love the gadgets.
CD: What is your favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?
Leidner: Tough to call. Many great areas in Dallas like Preston Hollow, Kessler Park and Lakewood. I would probably say Uptown, mostly because I’m a Mavs fan.
CD: What project are you most proud of?
Leidner: Now that is even more difficult. I have had the pleasure of working for many wonderful clients and on many gorgeous projects. One of my recent favorites was a residence we completed in Highland Park for Betty Lou Phillips. Combination of a beautiful site, superb architecture along with a client with an exquisite design sense.
CD: Likewise, what was your most challenging or memorable project?
Leidner: My most memorable project was probably the penthouse terraces we completed a couple years ago at the Ritz Carlton Residences in Dallas. A once in a lifetime project overlooking the skyline of downtown Dallas. Spectacular views, especially at night. The construction was an immense challenge however, in getting all the workers, tools and materials from the ground to the 21st floor. Not as easy as you might think.
CD: Has your work taught you any life lessons?
Leidner: Everything changes except the completion date.
CD: What does the future of design look like?
Leidner: Our designs and clients are all pushing towards a clean and modern design style that fits their lifestyle. Fortunately we are seeing more residential architecture lean a bit more towards modern, which allows us to respond with luxurious landscapes and gardens that simplify the outdoor living experience and enjoyment of nature.
CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…
Leidner: Become a doctor like my daughter.
CD: Do you have a second home?
Leidner: Besides my office and car, no.