Lisa Gimmy Landscape Architecture
At Lisa Gimmy Landscape Architecture, we approach landscape architecture as an opportunity to explore a series of relationships: between the site and the region; architecture and landscape; and most importantly, between the landscape and the people who will inhabit it.
Since its founding in 1992, LGLA has been responsible for the planning and design of a wide range of public and private projects including commercial buildings, boutique hotels, public parks, private residences, campuses, and schools. The firm’s campus work includes master plans, prepared in collaboration with Berliner Architects, for Pierce College and Valley College. These master plans resulted in several built projects including the Valley College Main Quadrangle, Valley College Arts Courtyard, Valley College Transit Connector, and the Pierce College Mall and Transit Connector. LGLA collaborated with Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture on the renovation of the Pitzer College President’s House in Claremont, which is the city’s first LEED certified historic home, as well as the design for the Alumnae Garden at Westridge School for Girls, a project that will link two landmark Greene and Greene Craftsman homes.
Founding principal Lisa Gimmy has long promoted sustainable and regionally-appropriate solutions to projects regardless of complexity or scale. Designs evolve from a respect for the cultural and historical contexts and the qualities of the site. LGLA was recognized with an award of excellence by the Los Angeles Conservancy as part of the KSMA-led team for the historic rehabilitation of Neutra’s Hafley House in Long Beach. Additionally, this project was recognized by California Preservation Foundation, Docomomo, and American Society of Landscape Architects – Southern California Chapter. LGLA’s recent landscape restoration for Pasadena’s landmark Hindry House has been honored by California Preservation Foundation, American Society of Landscape Architects – Southern California Chapter, and City of Pasadena Historic Preservation Commission.
From the beginning of program development through the detailing of materials, we engage with our clients to understand the possibilities appropriate to their project and help them to evaluate these options against budget and schedule parameters. At the heart of any design process is the reconciliation of competing goals and objectives. In achieving the balance, we craft creative and innovative solutions that enable us to realize our core mission: to create landscapes imbued with beauty, utility and a strong sense of place.