Bell Design, Inc. is a landscape architecture firm based in Washington, DC and Palm Beach County, FL. Our projects range from small city gardens to estate master plans and community design. We’ve been featured on HGTV, in the Washington Post and in Home & Design, District Home, and Washingtonian magazines. Notable projects include:

  • George Washington University, Washington, DC

  • The Ringgold-Carroll House, Washington, DC

  • The Frederick Douglass House, Washington, DC

  • Embassy of Germany, Washington, DC

  • Founding Farmers restaurants, DC, MD, VA, PA

  • The City Vista Condominium, Washington, DC

  • Saxon Court Condominium, Washington, DC

  • The Montrose Condominium, Georgetown, DC

  • Residence, Southampton, NY

  • Residence, Sag Harbor, NY

  • Residences, Los Angeles, CA

  • Residences, North Palm Beach, FL

  • Residences, Georgetown, DC

  • Residences, Kalorama, DC

  • Residences, Easton, MD

  • Residences, St. Michaels, MD


Robert Bell grew up gardening and designing in Easton, Maryland.  As a child, Bob enjoyed the natural world and had varied interests from creating organic dyes and metal-work to textile design and herbal remedies.   Seeing gardens in England, France, and Barbados on trips inspired him to create lush, eclectic gardens at his family home to (mostly) the delight of his parents. An avid sailor, traveler, and plantsman, he began creating and maintaining gardens for local historic properties in high school, with a focus on tidewater Maryland’s native and adapted species.  After graduating from Cornell University with a B.S. in landscape architecture, he moved to Washington, D.C. to work with landscape architecture firm Oehme, van Sweden and Associates, known for their introduction of dramatic ornamental grasses and grand sweeps of perennials to American gardens.  Bob managed a wide variety of construction projects at Oehme, van Sweden including:  

  • The Americana Manhasset shopping center, Manhasset, NY

  • New US. Embassy compound, Kathmandu, Nepal

  • New US Embassy compound, Bridgetown, Barbados

  • New US Embassy compound, Kabul, Afghanistan

  • Ridge Hill Lifestyle Center, Yonkers, NY

  • South Franklin Circle retirement community, Chagrin Falls, OH

In 2007, Bob left Oehme, van Sweden to expand his own design firm.  A registered landscape architect in the states of Maryland and Florida, Bob currently lives in Washington, DC.