Pine And Swallow
Robert N. Pine, FASLA, PE

Director of Environmental Planning and Engineering

Principal and founder of the firm Pine & Swallow Environmental
Professional practice since 1972 in the areas of environmental and soil engineering, land reclamation, drainage and horticulture
M.L.A., Harvard Graduate School of Design
M.Sc., Geotechnical Engineering, Cornell University
B.Sc., Civil Engineering, Cornell University

Professional Experience in Landscape Science and Engineering

Mr. Pine has utilized his combined background in geotechnical engineering, civil engineering and landscape architecture for landscape development, land reclamation, and site engineering projects throughout the northeast and worldwide. His work ranges from initial site investigations to detailed design of hydro-geologic systems, including design and restoration of wetlands and water features, soil design, construction specifications and construction observation.

Mr. Pine developed new standards for horticultural soils for uses ranging from typical lawns and planting beds to biotreatment, high use turf, over-structure plantings, wetlands and stream systems. He developed precise specifications that allow horticulturally appropriate, structurally stable soils to be placed under and support pavements, economically and reliably. Mr. Pine also developed strategies to modify in-place soils with inappropriate characteristics or that are excessively compact to improve planting environments. His knowledge of hydrogeology allowed him to develop improved analysis and reduced-cost strategies for subsurface drainage: for high use areas such as sportsfields; for general planting conditions; and for isolated plantings. He also developed quality control procedures to ensure compliance in blending, installing and maintaining landscape soils, drainage and plantings.

Mr. Pine’s understanding of both the physical behavior and the horticultural properties of soils has allowed him to advance the landscape architecture profession’s knowledge of soil science, with particular emphasis on manufactured soils and structural soil. He was a presenter in “The Great Soil Debate” at the 2009 and 2010 ASLA Annual Meetings and was a presenter in “Perspectives on Soil Design” at the 2011 ASLA Annual Meeting. He also recently made presentations to the New Jersey ASLA and the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. Mr. Pine has been a guest lecturer on soils and ecological topics at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and University of Pennsylvania.

Professional Registrations and Affiliations
Professional Engineer, Massachusetts and New Hampshire
Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects