Award-winning San Diego team will join LPA’s established landscape practice and expand design efforts in mixed use, education, commercial and healthcare projects.
As part of its long-term strategy to grow by investing in talent, LPA has acquired LdG Landscape Architects, a San Diego studio focused on a research-based approach to developing active and meaningful outdoor spaces for people.
LdG founder and design director Rocio Gertler will join LPA as a Principal and Design Director and her team members, Tommy King and Julia Roberts, will merge with LPA’s existing landscape practice. Under the leadership of directors Richard Bienvenu and Kari Kikuta, LPA’s landscape team has grown to more than 30 designers in California and Texas, working within LPA’s integrated practice to push the boundaries of innovation, creativity and sustainability.
With LPA, the LdG design team will influence a wide variety of projects across LPA’s six studios in California and Texas, including mixed-use, K-12, higher education, commercial, healthcare, and civic environments.
“The LdG team will be a tremendous addition to LPA,” says LPA chief executive officer Wendy Rogers. “The more we got to know each other, the more I came to appreciate our shared passion for a more collaborative design process.”
LdG Landscape Architects is a seven-year-old boutique firm with an established track record of designing impactful, functional, and responsible spaces. Recent projects include the IDEA 1 in San Diego’s East Village, a mix of residential, retail and co-working spaces designed around a central courtyard, and the renovation of The Summit at Rancho Bernardo, which included the creation of amenity-rich spaces connecting a cluster of large one-story buildings.
In July, LdG completed the first phase of the renovation of a San Diego medical office building for Kaiser Permanente, featuring a public square designed to engage the community in different ways.
“LdG’s work is exciting, illustrating the different ways landscape architects can impact a project,” says LPA Director of Landscape Architecture Kari Kikuta. “Their emphasis on the human experience is a perfect fit for LPA.”