Confluence, a landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm based in Des Moines, Iowa, announced that Chicago-based Wolff Landscape Architecture will become its newest office.

With a growing network of offices throughout the Midwest (Minneapolis, Des Moines, Kansas City, Sioux Falls, Omaha, Cedar Rapids, and Fargo), Confluence is considered a design-forward firm that creatively engages and collaborates with clients and a wide array of stakeholders in the design and planning process.

“We reviewed the Chicago market for several years looking for the right strategic opportunity – one that was consistent with who we are at Confluence and the way we work,” says Wm. Christopher Cline, a senior vice president with Confluence leading the firm’s marketing efforts, in a statement. “As we reviewed Wolff Landscape Architecture’s portfolio of work and client relationships, it became clear our priorities of quality design, creative collaboration and client-focus were in total alignment. We regularly work with a variety of allied professionals in the architecture and engineering fields, and we welcome the opportunity to provide even more design and planning services in the future throughout the Chicago market and beyond.”

Craig Soncrant and Matt Strange will lead the Confluence Chicago office as principals. Founder Ted Wolff will provide continuity and remain involved in existing and future projects. The entire Wolff Landscape Architecture (WLA) staff will continue with Confluence, ensuring a smooth and seamless transition.

The Chicago expansion is one part of two simultaneous acquisitions by Confluence. The firm is also adding Land Elements, an award-winning landscape architecture firm in Fargo, North Dakota.