A Note from the Director

I grew up in Barbados in the sixties and seventies when there were unprecedented changes happening to the environment. This affected me profoundly and I always wondered why development had to be in conflict with nature. These observations, combined with a profound interest in art, led me to the field of landscape architecture.

I have been practicing landscape architecture since 1988 apprenticing in California, Hawaii, Italy and Barbados before establishing Talma Mill Studios in 1990. My passions include art, the environment, water sports, percussion music, travel and family, all of which inform my practice of landscape architecture.

– Kevin T. Talma B.A., M.L.A. ASLA International, LEED Green Associate


  • Bachelor of Arts B.A. Double majoring in Science Technology & Society and International Development – Clark University – Worcester, Massachusetts, USA – 1985
  • Master of Landscape Architecture M.L.A. – California State Polytechnic University – Pomona, California, USA – 1988

Company Overview

The goal of the Studio is to make a positive impact on the built and natural environment and contribute to our client’s success and happiness. We provide a design and planning product that harmoniously brings together natural and constructed elements on the land while responding to past, present and emerging social, economic, political and environmental conditions. This process is executed with special attention to natural, cultural and artistic sensitivities of time and place.

Talma Mill Studios operates in an open studio environment located in Barbados. The small scale of the Studios and the complex nature of today’s environmental design challenges have led the firm to develop both regional and international personal and working relationships. Collaborations have led to the development of a network of services that compliment the Studio in the following disciplines:

  • Architecture
  • Town and Country Planning
  • Engineering
  • Land Surveying
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Visual Arts
  • Graphic Design
  • Community Based Resource Management
  • Wild Life Fisheries Management
  • Agricultural Development
  • Contracting

Talma Mill Studios works on a range of projects including:

  • Residential and estate garden design
  • Resort and small hotel development
  • Urban design
  • Commercial office / Retail buildings
  • Planning for green and sustainable developments
  • National and community parks
  • Protected areas
  • Golf courses
  • Restoration of disturbed landscapes e.g. Landfills, quarries and roads
  • Coastal development schemes
  • Ecotourism
  • Heritage tourism
  • Garden exhibits and environmental education programs

Talma Mill Studios holds the following ,memberships:

  • Barbados Institute of Architects (Associate Members)
  • American Association of Landscape Architects (International Members)
  • United States Green Building Council
  • Barbados National Trust
  • Barbados Museum & Historical Society