It’s all in the Name

We are often asked where the name Orterra came from. It’s definitely not a real word. This blog post delves a little deeper into the story is of where our practice name comes from.

Ever since I was young, I have always liked the sciences. Biology was my thing growing up and I loved animals. It was only later in life when I started at university that I fell in love with ecology, earth systems, and plants.

When I discovered landscape architecture, I realised I get to immerse myself in ecology, earth systems, plants, and animals every day. So, when it came to thinking about a company name, I wanted something that represented what we do. Being a bit of a science nerd I have always loved the use of Latin to name plants and animals. To understand the meanings behind the names and how they describe them.

That’s what I wanted to do with my business, use Latin to describe what we do. The Latin term for landscape is Orbis Terrarum. It can also mean “the whole earth”, geographic or globe. As wonderful as a word it is, it’s also a mouthful. So, with a little bit of help, the abbreviated version appeared – Orterra.

If you want to find out a bit more about what we do and who we work with pop over to our about us page to find out.