We Create the Unexpected.

40NORTH is a full service landscape design and planning practice that specializes in designing one-of-a-kind outdoor environments for a variety of clients around the world. Our project types are diverse: Resort and hospitality projects, luxury residential properties, urban design, corporate headquarters, farms, bars, restaurants, and private islands. Our clients are equally diverse: private individuals, private companies, developers, publicly held corporations, architects and designers, foreign wealth funds, and governments. Our goal is to produce creative, exciting, engaging end results for every client, every time. The services that we provide at 40NORTH range from conceptual planning and visioning, to design development and construction documents, as well as site administration and project coordination for the outdoor environments we design.

40NORTH turned 10 years old last summer.

We’ve worked hard and had our fair share of good luck. We’ve really put our hearts into the projects we’re lucky enough to work on. Our best projects ever are on the boards and in hard drives around the world. 

We don’t sell widgets, we sell ideas. We design landscapes and make a point to enjoy the process, drawing and communicating with others, often about improving the outdoor spaces we live in. We continually refine our craft by observing and experiencing the world around us. We take pictures. We research stuff. We pull all nighters sometimes. We are not robots.

Above everything, we strive to reconnect people to nature.



The Client   The projects we’ve worked on   The photos we’ve taken   The local materials available   The political environment   Geographic location   The places we’ve been   Regional architecture   The places we want to go   The project schedule   People we collaborate with   The men we’ve known   Ownership   The guest experience   The stories we’ve heard   The design team   The designers we admire   Where we grew up   Site analysis   The music we’re listening to   The people we’ve met along the way   The project budget   Our family   The materials available   The travel required   The people we used to work for   The cost of infrastructure   The small towns we grew up in   The surrounding environment and habitat   Who we support   The historical context   The hotel operator   What we think about before we sleep   The Owner   Local customs and beliefs   The people we surround ourselves with   The Pakistani cricket team  The regional construction methods   The changing weather   Social Media   The Pink Floyd   The food we eat   The cold beer we drink   The price of Brent crude  The construction schedule   The books we’re reading   What the locals eat  The potential impacts of development   The mentors we’ve had   The magazines we flip through   Historical context   The creative spark   The power required   The feasibility study   The job sites we’ve worked on   The social cost of development   How we communicate   The design program of the project   The food that we grow   Color   Who or what inspires us   People who we used to work at 40NORTH   Pattern and texture   The scale of the project   Value Engineering   The experts   Some of the people that we work for now   The books we’re trying to read   The view from the office window   The War on Terror   The rainfall we got last year   The Bottomless Briefcase   Our favorite football club

Our Design Process

Man has been drawing with his hands for over 50,000 years – we are continuing that tradition.

We still draw when we can. Though we use the latest software and technology to communicate with Clients and others during the design process, we still use drawing as a problem solving tool every single day. In an increasingly digital business environment, we find it important and critical to combine traditional methods of thinking and problem solving with current communication and documentation tools available to designers. We are making a commitment to REVIT, as well as other SketchUp, AutoCad, and Adobe Suite programs in the documentation process which include design sketches, plans, sections, and illustrations. BIM modeling is changing business models, and result is a thorough vetting of design ideas, and an incorporation of abstracted local and traditional construction materials, textures, patterns, color, or subtle cultural milieu into each project. We don’t pull our ideas or details out of a box, and each one of our projects in unique and bespoke to that site, client, and region.We don’t ship our presentation illustration work to China, sometimes we use this guy in Denver. Our version of Voodoo Economics.




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We get our hands dirty.

Our Headquarters is located on a 35 acre working farm in the Midwest of the United States of America. We communicate daily with clients and design consultants around the globe on world-class hospitality projects.

Our US headquarters is located north of the metro Kansas City Area, and 10 minutes from a major international airport. When designing and building this 3 story structure we tried to be as responsible as possible in the selection of the construction materials and design of the office building, not for the certificate but because it was the right thing to do. It faces east to the morning sun over fields of brome hay and angus cattle. Experimental architecture abounds, with chicken coops, goat houses, and US Forestry spec cabins clustered around the office.

In 2016, with the right combination of hard work, resources, and luck you can be anywhere in 24 hours. We work remotely and travel when project milestones require it. Our hotel rooms become satellite offices, and as the project is under construction we often find ourselves on the job sites easing the transition between architecture and landscape, between the documents and the reality on the ground. When we’re finished we return to basecamp and focus on the work and family, rather than the hour commute to the office and the ice cream birthday parties for the Accounting department.





Our headquarters is located on a 35 acre working farm north of Kansas City, Missouri in the central United States of America. Local farmers call it the Garage Mahal.

We call it #Basecamp.


Where We Work


These projects are complicated – often in remote sites requiring extensive travel, working with design consultants and clients in different countries, time zones, and business cultures.

We love to collaborate with talented and passionate people.

The collaboration with the entire design team is one of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of each project. This creative process is a combination of different experiences, attitudes, and talents, and in the end the project is always better for the differing points of view. In addition, we often are working on projects in developing countries or economies, and our experience allows us to consider these cultural and logistic challenges on every project.

Information and ideas are being exchanged worldwide at an exponential rate, seemingly in lockstep with Moore’s Law (1965). People are working from remote locations on projects around the world in real time on the internet. The time spent together in person, collaborating and working together to solve design problems is critical and necessary.

Working with talented people fosters a dynamic design process that brings out the best in projects and the people involved. We love working with architects, developers, interior design professionals, landscape architects, lighting designers, structural engineers, illustrators, contractors, artists, project managers, old-world craftsmen, farmers, welders, you name it. We’re not picky about who we work with or who we can learn from.

40NORTH has extensive experience in both large and small hospitality environments, from large conceptual master planning and site engineering exercises to the design of the most intricately detailed aspect of each of these outdoor spaces. We have experience working in over 20 countries on 5 continents, and most of our projects are with repeat clients who engage us as they are planning their next big thing.

Right now we are working on projects in the US, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Oman, and the Bahamas. It’s been a very busy start to the year and we’re excited about the projects coming out of the ground currently and in the pre-construction stages. We have a lot of enthusiasm and momentum built up for the next 10 years.





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                                         In October 2014, the One&Only The Palm was voted by Conde Nast’s readers as the #1 luxury hotel in Africa and the Middle East, and #11 luxury hotel in the world. It is the gold standard for resort hotels in Dubai, and is the flagship of the One&Only brand. We’ve never worked harder or had more fun on any of our projects.

Who We Support

Traditionally most of our work has been on projects in foreign countries rather than the US, and that requires travel by air for almost every project we work on. As far as our carbon footprint is concerned, this is a challenge.

40NORTH has tried to become a carbon neutral company from year one – we are not. In the past we have purchased carbon credits to offset our carbon footprints, but ultimately we just do the best we can with what we have. We have planted hardwood saplings by the hundreds on the farm, we recycle everything we can, we collect rainwater, and we don’t drive to work choosing rather to walk through the garden. We travel when the project requires it and we try to be as efficient with our schedules as much as possible when scheduling international travel.

We have donated our time and money towards local NGO entities in the regions we work, and have also donated to charities such as reStart, Hillcrest, the Upper Egypt Fund, Native Energy, and OxFam. We clean up miles and miles of rural Missouri highway each year. The contributions change every year and are dependent upon many factors including time, money, and overall impact of the gift. These modest time and financial contributions are the very least that we can do as a professional practice, and we make them an integral part of our overall business plan.


We’re Pioneers, not settlers.

At 40NORTH we place an emphasis on creating environments that evolve and improve with time.We refuse to be boxed-in and to classify ourselves as a company that does this-or-that. We accept change as it comes: one day on a job site in Cairo and 2 days later repairing fence on the farm. We prefer it this way. We work hard to define our role and our scope of work in each project, and this determination is a quality that sets us apart from our competitors and peers. When this work ethic is combined with creativity, experience, and a collaborative design process, the results are typically exceptional. 


John Galloway
Owner & Creative Director
[email protected]

18475 Lober Road
Weston, MO 64098
Livestock Exchange Building
1600 Genessee, Suite 716
Kansas City, Missouri 64102


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