Company Profile

Executive Summary
C Brenton Bio
Executive Summary
Founded in 1996 by Charles Brenton, our design and planning practice engages with landscape as a canvas for the regeneration of nature and community. We work primarily in the landscapes of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Our intimate studio structure makes us a top choice for clients seeking design professionals, recognized for their responsiveness and ability to create a sustainable landscape legacy.

Clients we have worked for include, among others, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society,   Johns Hopkins University Real Estate, the Junior League of Philadelphia, Morningside Senior Living, Waverly Main Street, leading architects and engineers, as well as prominent private families and individuals.

Our holistic design technology is backed by highly refined horticultural, engineering, and computer resources. Our work seamlessly integrates broad scale planning, site engineering and detailed design. Effective communications constitute the critical foundation of our work. These practices begin with initial client interviews and formulation of the design program. These same practices apply in our interactions with public agencies during the review process; and finally, in our interactions with contractors during the construction phase.

We provide specialized expertise in environmental site design, forest conservation plans, bayscapes and Chesapeake Bay Critical Areas entitlements. Working with a palette of native plant materials, we design beautiful and environmentally responsible waterfront sites.

Brenton Landscape Architecture enjoys strong collaborative relationships with many of the leading design and engineering firms in the Mid-Atlantic region. These relationships empower us to craft project teams that are a perfect match to our clients’ requirements.

C Brenton Bio

Charles Brenton is Brenton Landscape Architecture’s founder and design director. Growing up in the Baltimore region, he has a special affinity for the landscapes of the Piedmont and Coastal Plain region. The planning and design of green infrastructure and the restoration of wildlife habitat are areas of special interest to him. After working in the planning and design departments of leading engineering firms, Charles founded “Brenton Associates”. Working from a studio near Baltimore, Charles has designed landmark community open spaces, streetscape, and conservation projects. In 2001, Charles extended his practice to serve clients in Pennsylvania.

Charles’ design sensibility integrates a respect for Modernism’s clarity and grace with an appreciation of landscape as cultural memory, and as regenerative, life sustaining system.

In addition to his professional practice, Charles has served as an adjunct professor at Temple and Philadelphia Universities. His work has been recognized with design awards from the Montgomery County (PA) Lands Trust and the Neighborhood Design Center. When he isn’t designing landscapes, you are likely to find Charles running in a nearby park.


Licensed for the practice of Landscape Architecture by the States of Maryland and Pennsylvania


Natural resource inventories including forest stand and wetland delineations

Consensus building and programming

Design in support of grant applications

Site analysis


Historic Landscape Preservation

Land Planning

Site Planning

Detailed Landscape Design

Grading and Stormwater management design

Project Entitlements

Construction Documentation

Construction Phase Services