2016 Award Categories
Design: Residential, Single Family Home
Living Living Room
Project Landscape Architect: Bill Hynes
Principal In-Charge: Lawrence Reed
A modern residence in Sonoma functions as a living, living room, creating a retreat for a family and their growing children amongst a coastal oak grove. The owners selected the site for the trees and pond, desiring a rural retreat with a unique sense incorporating oak grassland, chaparral, riparian planting and agricultural references with the olive rows, over a minimal and clean hardscape design. A ground plane of native meadow grasses connects the buildings with a central rectangle that can be mown periodically for circulation transitions into a meadow and the pond. The design features two rows of field grown Swan Hill Olive trees oriented toward the main house and flanking the garage and auto court, with another along the pool/guest house for privacy. The design includes an edible garden with chicken coop, a pool with diving rock and a fire pit with stonework directed by the landscape architect.
Telegraph Hill Residence
San Francisco, CA
Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architect/ Principal in Charge: Andrea Cochran
The landscape at the Cliff House alters perception for the user and initiates a deeper respect for the breathtaking context of a steep hillside overlooking the San Francisco Bay. From the beginning, the design strove to dissolve the barrier between the user and the expansive landscape beyond. Upon arrival, a carefully choreographed entry sequence along an entry stair welcomes the visitor, while expanded overlooks create moments for pause, respite and drama. Along the sequence, clean walls of corten contrast with raw cliff face and plantings, while planes of glass at the end of the overlooks bring the user within a visceral proximity to the drop underneath. At the rear of the house, a sheltered shade garden, comprised of soft plantings, blossoming trees, and permeable materials provides a quiet refuge. The design elicits visceral responses to the landscape as a source of both introspection and the connection to the larger environment.
Silverado Trail Residence
Huettl Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architect/Lead Designer: Joseph Huettl
Assistant Designers: Sue Chan and Iain Pryor
Client: 7830 Silverado Trail LLC
The landscape for this new modern home high on a hill overlooking the Napa Valley, was designed to re-establish a denuded site and implement a clean yet intriguing sense of place. Minimalism mixed with regionalism tie the modern home to the site. The entry courtyard, with its walk-across water feature and large staggered concrete pads, provides a welcoming sequence for residents and guests alike. A steel fountain with frosted glass-panel backdrop beckons and directs people to the front door. In the backyard the infinity edge pool and terrace with fire pit take advantage of world class views over the Napa Valley.
San Anselmo Residence
San Anselmo, CA
Lutsko Associates Landscape
Landscape Architect: Ron Lutsko Jr.
A couple seeking their dream place to build their retirement home discovered this 1/3 acre hilltop site in San Anselmo, California with dramatic views of Mount Tamalpais to the south and tree-covered hills to the north and east. The design team sought to maximize the mountain and hilltop views while minimizing neighbor sight lines, creating a secluded retreat within a populated suburban context. The architecture carefully frames views and expands into exterior terraces for indoor/outdoor living and entertaining. Sculptural landscape
elements of stair and plants play off the boldness of the architecture. Honoring mature existing oak trees that frame wooded views, and embracing a water wise philosophy with cactus and other drought tolerant plants, the planting design is a playful contrast to a lush northern California hillside and its arid counterpart.
Retrofitting Suburbia: Injecting Urbanism into Mountain View’s Mayfield Mall
Mountain View, CA
Principal in Charge: Rene Bihan
Landscape Architect: Richard Crockett
Project Designer: Daniel Cunningham
Client: Korth Sunseri Hagey Architects
San Antonio Station is a landscape and architecture retrofit project that transforms an introverted site into an open, connected, and flexible campus landscape. Originally known as Mayfield Mall, this property boasts 500,000SF of ready built office space in the heart of Silicon Valley, but currently lacks the type of site and landscape improvements needed in the tech office space environment. The master plan has an emphasis on landscape amenities, thoughtful circulation, and melds an efficient site plan with the existing character of the place. Much of the landscape design takes inspiration from the graphics and geometries popular during the 1960s iteration of the site as Mayfield Mall as well as the existing structures and materials currently on site. The final product is an eclectic campus landscape that borrows from the character of the old to create a new and modern campus environment that is a great place to work.
Lands End Lookout
San Francisco, CA
Principal: James A Lord
Project Manager: Alain Peauroi
Designer: Nick Gotthardt
Client: Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
The Lands End Lookout is the newest visitor center in the GGNRA. The new building and landscape design for the site protects the beautiful and rugged coastline of San Francisco, while making it more visible and accessible to visitors. Home to a unique combination of outdoor exhibits, view terraces and gathering spaces, the Lands End Lookout will recount the many stories of Lands End and the Sutro Baths and provide an improved visitor experience.
The Lookout is designed to frame the spectacular view of the ocean and ruins of the baths below. The building and its related outdoor spaces yield to the natural landscape allowing it to be the main focus while remaining firmly rooted to the rugged edge of the Pacific. The Lookout building stretches out to embrace the dunescape, evoking and expressing the evolution of the site and its vital and dynamic natural environment.
The Barnacles at Pier 9
San Francisco, CA
Principal: Roderick Wyllie
Project Manager: Michal Kapitulnik
Perched between the Bay and the Ocean, San Francisco is surrounded by—and in many ways defined by—its waterfront context. This waterfront has been transformed over time—from tidally-influenced mudflats formed and reformed by wind, erosion and water—to a constructed, armored-edge. This hard edge comprised of piers, docks and wharfs was also formed over time—through a deployment of a complex framework for siltation, accretion and reclamation. Once central to the vibrant shipping industry in San Francisco, the Eastern waterfront is now a collage of retail, restaurants, wholesale fish markets, tourist destinations, private docks, public piers, parking lots and open space. Inspired by the natural history of the San Francisco Bay, The Barnacles at Pier 9 looked at transforming one of these spaces—the marginal wharf between Pier 9 and 11—into a public open space that celebrates the ecology of flux at the edge of the Bay.
Mission YMCA Edible Garden
San Francisco, CA
April Phillips Designer Works
Landscape Architect: April Philips
The Mission YMCA Edible Garden, located in San Francisco, is the product of six months of collaborative efforts for a corporate sponsor’s team, the Mission YMCA community, and the landscape architect to transform an unused, overgrown, inaccessible hillside into a productive and sustainable edible garden. The garden provides a place for the Mission YMCA community and staff to come together to experience growing food and engaging with nature. The garden design provides areas for children to play and learn, a chicken coop, an orchard, planting beds for teens to plant and grow vegetables for cooking classes, vertical gardening to maximize space and spaces for the elderly to relax and enjoy the garden. Outdoor learning is essential to the design, creating a series of “outdoor classrooms,” such as the reclaimed pallet amphitheater and cut log seating circle, where children can engage with the outdoors and get their hands dirty.
Arboretum Gateway Garden
UC Davis Arboretum, Davis, CA
Lutsko Associates Landscape
Landscape Architect: Ron Lutsko Jr.
The Arboretum GATEway Garden at UC Davis is a living museum that provides an immersive experience of the lost landscapes of the California Central Valley. The garden exposes visitors to the rare beauty of native Central Valley grasslands as well as the engineered mechanizations of their displacement that have created the nation’s most intensely productive agricultural region. Exemplifying a new approach to a botanical collection, the garden offers a model for sustainable practices within today’s engineered landscape. Mass plantings make legible nuanced differences in color and texture from species to species as functions of subtle topographical shifts. Demonstration plantings offer lessons in the historic flora, fauna and hydrology of the local lower Putah Creek watershed, the human history on the site, UC Davis research, and contemporary philosophies on land management and community-based stewardship. The grassland garden evokes a pre-industrial local ecology while exemplifying a 21st century green infrastructure ethos.
Port of Los Angeles Downtown Harbor
San Pedro, CA
Principal: Blake Sanborn
Landscape Designer: Hogan Edelberg
Client: the Port of Los Angeles
Public outreach played a critical role in determining the project vision. The top priority was to remove fill from the harbor to daylight more of the historic shoreline thereby extending the waterfront promenade. This feat of engineering had ecological, social, and economic value as it created a new focus for the San Pedro waterfront. Another top priority was to honor veterans and increase visitation to the Maritime museum. This was accomplished by creating a new plaza around the museum where nautical artifacts are publicly displayed and interaction with the exhibits is encouraged. Lastly, there was a strong desire to have space that could be actively programmed for various events and activities. From this criteria, the harbor amphitheater was born. By realigning the Red Car Trolley tracks, enough room was created to build an arcing amphitheater that embraces the water.
Design: Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space
Waterway Park, Raycom City
Landscape Architect: Marco Esposito
Local Landscape Architect: Mr. HU Qimin, Principal
Client: Raycom Real Estate Development
Waterway Park, a 2/3-mile-long public park flanked by stores, cafes and restaurants, is the heart of a new walkable mixed-use neighborhood with 30,000 residents. Waterway Park also serves as the filter for a 20-acre watershed, with rain falling storefront to storefront and on adjacent building roofs conveyed to a 1/2-mile-long waterway. The landscape architects subtly graded the neighborhood, two-lane green street and park so that the park’s waterway falls across four pools to a receiving basin which meters out into city storm pipes.
The park’s extensive walkway and bridge network, variety of people spaces and waterway-irrigated canopy trees provide a leafy human-scaled heart for the people living and working in the neighborhood’s buildings and towers. In conjunction with the surrounding neighborhood’s rich mix of amenities and services, Waterway Park strives to create a Sculpture for Living where people enjoy living locally for a significant percentage of their lives.
Santa Fe Union Park
Vallier Design Associates
Project Landscape Architect: JC Miller
Client: Santa Fe Neighborhood Council
Long closed tennis courts in south Richmond were a neighborhood problem. Neglect and illicit activity made the site a place to be avoided. Joining the neighborhood, local business, and trade unions in a campaign to revitalize the space, the landscape architect worked pro-bono to develop a renovation design and graphics for fund raising. The vision for the park that emerged was an active space that included a futsal court, a basketball court; children’s play area and a gathering space for neighborhood events.
This project was funded entirely by donations. Limited resources required construction plans that maximized the benefit of donated materials and labor. Collaboration with the unions who built the park generated details that used the skills of pipe fitters and welders effectively. Work continues with a second fund raising campaign underway to complete the shade structures and signage. The renovated park is now vibrant, drawing families and futsal fans.
Award of Excellence
Wusong Riverfront Pilot Project
Lead Landscape Architect: Hui-Li Lee
Team Members: Roy Imamura, Bob Jacob, Chih-Wei Chang, Zachary Davis, Mandana Parvinian, Minhui Li, Yoonju Chang
Client: Huaqiao Economical Development Zone Programme Building Bureau
As part of a riverside mixed-use development, this project takes advantage of the degraded topography of a former brick yard’s deep clay pits and transforms the site into a natural water treatment system improving water quality for future downstream eco-sensitive development.
Through a sequence of several deep water pools (formally clay pits) and treatment channels, pollutants are removed through natural processes. Both river water and re-routed storm water pass through the same system. The design reconnects the population with the cleaner water through educational programs and a series of gardens, plazas, activity areas, fountains, all interconnected by bicycle and pedestrian paths. In this way the design is an educational experience, where the community witnesses the process of water cleansing.
The project serves as a model for responsible riverside development and built wetland technology, expanding current perceptions of designed landscapes from passive ornament to active, complex systems capable of providing ecosystem services and enacting change.
Guadalupe River Park & Gardens
San Jose, CA
Landscape Designer: Karen Krolewski
Assistant Designer: Diana Pink
Client: Rotary Club of San Jose
The Rotary Club of San Jose gifted the city an all-inclusive space where children with the widest range of physical and psychological challenges can play together. The Rotary PlayGarden goes beyond ADA requirements; its design while encourages children to be physically active, but also supports the feeling of safety that induces them to engage. It supports various modes of recreation: repose as well as activity, and play that can range from tentative to robust. Situated alongside a tributary of San Francisco Bay—and directly in the flight path of an airport—the PlayGarden has an estuarine slough shaped motif, with imagery of waving grasses, flowing water, and animals moving with ease through water and air. The sinuous, unbounded nature of an aquatic environment mirrors what the design seeks to evoke: both physical motion, and the sense of possibility inherent in long vistas, water, and flight.
Research, Planning, Analysis and Communication
Hope SF: Rebuild Potrero
San Francisco, CA
GLS Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architect: Gary L. Strang
Project Manager: Wendy Mok
Job Captain: Elizabeth Bouchard
Client: Bridge Housing/Build
Rebuild Potrero is a 38-acre redevelopment site on the steep south facing slope of Potrero Hill. 606 units of aging federally owned public housing will be replaced with new public housing, subsidized by a denser and more diverse mix of market rate and affordable housing with streets, parks, community services, recreation and retail. A new street grid supporting higher densities and dramatic views will replace the low density suburban site plan, which has left the neighborhood socially and physically isolated from the adjacent historic working class neighborhood, transit and services. By carefully phasing construction, current residents will not be required to relocate offsite at anytime during the process. The design is for a complete neighborhood, serving not only the redeveloped site but also the surrounding area.
Peak Experience: Deploying San Francisco’s Iconic Terrain as an Agent for Discovery, Play and Community Engagement
San Francisco, CA
Designers: Kimberly Garza and Andrew tenBrink
Client: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the San Francisco Planning Department
“San Francisco is defined by its hills. […] They are the mirror image of the neighborhoods [that] divide the City. They shape the fog, guiding it away from sunny districts and into others. What better way to know San Francisco than to know its hills?” –Dave Schweisguth
Drawing from the nearly 53 hills that frame San Francisco’s diverse neighborhoods, Peak Experience re-conceives San Francisco’s hills into a series of undulating mounds that promote the integration of play in the urban fabric. In response to often static streetscape design models, Peak Experience re-imagines three iconic hills of San Francisco (Nob Hill, Russian Hill and Telegraph Hill) into a flexible play surface, providing an opportunity for safe play along Market Street while educating the community about San Francisco’s unique landscape.
Quadriga Landscape Architecture and Planning
Designer: Kimberly Garza
PORTAL is a temporary installation designed to bring life to dormant spaces within Sacramento’s urban fabric and engage the local community through programming that celebrates the region. Open to the community for a one-month period, PORTAL anchored over twenty events, supported by over twenty-five local businesses and organizations. Events included community focused lectures, author talks, performance showcases, pop-up shops, yoga classes, a drought tolerant planting exhibit, a movie night, and a silent disco. The installation concluded at TBD Fest, Sacramento’s 3-day music and arts festival. In addition to community activation through programing, PORTAL also promotes social media engagement through the use of the custom hashtag, #portalsac. PORTAL photos, stories, and ideas were posted by the community via Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, with each post triggering the installation to change the color of its LED lighting.
Design: Historic Preservation
Doyle Drive Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS)
San Francisco, CA
Project Manager: Chris Pattillo
Client: ICF International
Creating the measured drawings for the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) was one component of the comprehensive documentation of the cultural resources associated with the Presidio in San Francisco. This work included a written history and archival photography of the cultural landscape, done by other members of the team. The buildings and structures were recorded in a similar manner by others.
Because HALS was a new program when we started this work in 2008, this was a precedent-setting project. The methodology for recording the existing conditions and the graphic techniques used to record the information needed to be developed and refined as we did the work. The objective was to present the information in a manner that would be easily understood and legible. The measured drawing set included plans, sections, view diagrams, a figure-ground plan, hand-drawn details, a period plan and typology sheets that depict features within the historic landscape.
Design: Student Undergraduate Awards
Central Waterfront Transformation
3rd Street and Cargo Way
San Francisco, CA
Student: Vanya Suttiruttana
School: Landscape Architecture, U.C. Berkeley Extension
The Central Waterfront Project is located at the eastern portion of the City of San Francisco. The brownfield parcel is being transformed into a multi-use master planned project. High demand single and multi-family residential along with millions of square feet of research and development space are integrated in a sustainable way with brown roofs, solar energy and lower environmental impact. Planned circulation using a ring road and roundabouts make for safe high volume vehicle and pedestrian traffic patterns while being environmentally friendly. The character of the development is provided by repurposing the Silos and extending the existing railroad. This also reflects the historical industrial use of the site. Wetlands and green buffers deliver environmentally sound storm water management and offer natural habitat and recreational opportunities. With places to live, places to work and places to play, this sustainable community development has housing, economic opportunities and recreation all within walking distance.