We love what we do.
We are serious in our pursuit of designs that can improve lives.
Our motivations are intellectual and emotional—we believe landscapes are fantastic when they are layered experiences, open to the discovery and desires of the visitor at different times of day, in different seasons, and throughout the passage of time.
Design at our office is a dance between the open-minded consideration of possibility and the rigorous study and construction of physical solutions.
Our expertise in landscape construction at all scales allows our team to develop conceptual proposals grounded in the real opportunities and constraints presented by the client’s program, the site’s ecology, and the project budget.
Collaboration is our habit, and as we learn from others we create interdisciplinary connections that result in innovation.
The backbone of our process is clarity in communication. The ability to create things that don’t yet exist often relies on inventing a shared language. We are expert at listening and synthesizing information. We draw, we write, we model, and we seek inspiration from ecology, culture, and what people do in existing landscapes.
We are constantly evolving based on new technologies, post- occupancy studies, and the talents brought by our amazing staff.
All of our work is informed by an awareness of local ecologies, climate change, and biodiversity. We have LEED BD+C certification as well as Bay Friendly Landscape certification. We have project experience with California state standards for Water Efficient Landscaping (WELO) as well as storm water treatment regional compliance (C3 and the California Coastal Commission). We have experience working with the Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the SF Bay Conservation and Development Commission.