Lisa’s unique place in landscape architecture resides at the intersection of art and nature. This, she believes, is where the creation of beautiful, enriching, and resonant environments comes to fruition. It’s where she has spent nearly 30 years of her professional life as a designer and educator, and over 20 as the principal of the firm that carries her name.
Lisa grew up surrounded by the natural beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area. She spent her summers at Lawrence Halprin’s Sea Ranch, and lived among the redwoods while pursuing a degree in art history at the Thomas Church designed U. C. Santa Cruz campus. These iconic landscapes impressed her deeply, ultimately influencing her decision to pursue a Master’s degree in landscape architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Under the tutelage of some of the world’s great architects and landscape architects, Lisa learned to integrate and articulate her passion for art and nature. She graduated with the department’s highest honor, the Charles Eliot Traveling Fellowship. The time she spent in Europe broadened her knowledge of art, architecture, and the environment, and deepened her understanding and appreciation of landscape design as an important part of our cultural history.
Lisa opened her own office in 1992 after working as designer and project manager for the international landscape architecture firm, SWA. The move allowed her to bring her artistic sensibilities to the shaping and direction of landscape designs for campuses, schools, hotels, mixed-use commercial developments, and many private residences. Each project reflects her extensive knowledge of design, technology, history, and plant materials. She is particularly known for developing appropriate, yet sustainable and sophisticated plant palettes for culturally and historically significant properties.
Lisa lectures nationally and recently served as a panelist for The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s international conference “Second Wave of Modernism II: Landscape Complexity and Transformation” at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. She has taught landscape design courses at the University of Southern California and University of California, Los Angeles.
She is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a LEED Accredited Professional, a founding member of the Stewardship Council of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, and a lifetime member of the Society of Architectural Historians Southern California Chapter. Her work has been recognized with awards of excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects. LGLA projects have been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Luxe, and Metropolitan Home among others.