• “Groundswell is at home in almost any setting. Our work ranges in scale from large, public spaces to the most intimate private ones. We move from interior to landscape with ease, often creating seamless connections between the two. And in every project our practice is consistent: we’re engaged in lifestyle design. We look to evoke the emotions inherent in every place we work, curating the entire experience for our clients.”

    —David Fierabend, Principal

  • David has been a devoted student of landscape architecture and garden design for over two decades. His love of nature and the arts finds expression in all of his work. He enjoys collaborating with local artisans on projects because he believes that a range of experience should be brought to each design. David’s award-winning work ranges in scale from residential to commercial and has been featured in Philadelphia Magazine, Style Magazine, and Arts and Antiques Magazine. As an Executive Council Member of the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society, he is committed to the greening of Philadelphia. Notable recent projects include the rooftop Sea Garden at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Morgan’s Pier restaurant on the Delaware Riverfront, and, in coordination with OLIN, Sol Lewitt: Lines in Four Directions in Flowers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


    Master of Landscape Architecture
    Bachelor of Science, Marketing
    Certification in Coastal Installation and Maintenance


    Member of American Society of Landscape Architects
    Board Member of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
    Executive Board Member of Meadowbrook Farm
    Member of the Design and Horticulture Advisory Committee (PHS)
    Member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers