Cahaba Design Studio

Cahaba Design Studio is rethinking land. As a landscape architecture studio in the heart of central Alabama, we are dedicated to designing places that resonate with people and the environment where they live.

As a division of Richter Landscape Company, Cahaba Design Studio is breaking the mold of traditional design-build companies and landscape architecture firms. By having a registered landscape architect and separate design division, we are able to place a heavier emphasis on design than most of the design-build firms—which tend to be more concerned with making the contracting sale. On the flip side, while still operating under the umbrella of a landscape contractor, we have the ability to understand budgets, construction methods, future maintenance, and the final product that comes from conceptual designs. The merging of these disciplines enables us to provide high levels of design and contracting, with cost-saving benefits to the client. Whether it be new development, renovations, or preservation, our knowledge and experience can add incredible value to any project.

We want to help you rethink land.


Andrew Martin, Principal

After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in landscape architecture, Andrew worked as an associate with Macknally Land Design in Birmingham, Alabama. For six years, he collaborated on a broad spectrum of urban projects ranging from civic spaces and parks, to residential and commercial development.  During these years, Andrew also had the opportunity to participate in planning projects with Engineering Ministries International (eMi). Along with other professional volunteers, he served as landscape architect on a number of hospital and campus projects in Mexico, Honduras and other parts of Latin America.

In 2014, Andrew joined Richter Landscape Company in an effort to further develop their design-build service. Soon afterwards, plans to open a new design division of the company were made, and in 2016 Cahaba Design Studio was birthed.  

As a native of Savannah, Georgia, Andrew moved to Birmingham in 2008 and has grown to love the Alabama land and its community.  His passion for native landscapes and wildlife continually drives his designs in an effort to better integrate people and their natural environment. When not working in the studio, Andrew enjoys “farming” on his half acre lot, traditional archery, and complaining to his wife about the rampant use of foreign plants in America.

Registered Landscape Architect, State of Alabama #740
LEED Accredited Professional
ISA Certified Arborist
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)