Our Firm

Our Firm was originally founded on June 29, 1998, and was located in a modest office space located on the second floor of the Teachout Building in Downtown Des Moines, Iowa. A diverse project portfolio developed early, as we built strong relationships with architecture firms, local developers, and with the State’s universities. Initial success was based on creativity, unique solutions, service, and an incredible work ethic.

The Firm has experienced tremendous growth, growing from 10 employees in 2003 to 30 employees in 2008 while expanding geographically to include offices in Kansas City (2003), Sioux Falls (2005) and Iowa City (2008).

In 2008, the Firm changed its name to Confluence to better represent how we approach our work……bringing people and ideas together, naturally. Since that time, our professional service offerings and our network of offices has expanded further to include Minneapolis (2013) and moving our Iowa City office to Cedar Rapids (2014).

Since our founding, Confluence has become one the largest landscape architecture and planning firms in the Midwest, and one of the most decorated – garnering over 100 design awards for our Clients from state, regional and national organizations. Today, Chris Della Vedova (a founding partner) and eight additional Principals lead Confluence, all inspired by the same qualities that started the firm……providing creative solutions uniquely suited to challenging projects and exceeding client expectations.