Category Archives: Inspiration

“An Afternoon” with Piet Oudolf

July 13, 2018

Our APDW studio doesn’t always go to the movies together, but when we do we see fantastic films about gorgeous gardens, amazing artists and thoughtful documentaries. Last week we were lucky to attend a screening of Five Seasons: The Garden of Piet Oudolf, directed by Thomas Piper. The film captures the intentional seasonal beauty of Piet…

Our Life at APDW

June 29, 2018

Our APDW team values spending time together. And together, we communicate our perspectives, ideas, and knowledge in various ways to embrace the diverse backgrounds and experiences. Every Friday morning, we celebrate the end of the week with freshly made Johnny Doughnuts. #JohnnyDoughnuts. Sharing the good stuff.Our Chalkboard is our active Q&A board where we share opinions on…

Happy Summer Solstice

June 21, 2018

  The further you are towards the north pole, the longer daytime you have today, so be aware and experience the year’s longest day, shortest noontime shadow, and latest sunset. Typically, in UK, people gather around Stonehenge to watch the sun rise above the heel stone. The purpose of Stonehenge still remains unresolved but one…

Site Visit to Point Bonita YMCA

June 13, 2018

We recently had the pleasure of visiting the Point Bonita YMCA site to take some as-built measurements as they implement our vision plan.  With staggering views of the Pacific and Rodeo Beach below, the approach is to transform the site into one that continues to inspire through nature and facilitates outdoor learning for local youth and families.Concept…

A Walk in the Woods

April 5, 2016

Yesterday our office went for a field trip to Muir Woods together. What better way to kick off World Landscape Architecture Month (#WLAM2016) than a morning at one of the Bay Area’s most beloved natural monuments. Here are some images from the walk! A big thank you to Brian Aviles, NPS Chief of Planning and Mia Monroe, NPS for leading…

NEW SANTANA ROW “HAVEN” COURTYARD

March 12, 2014

Our office recently took a visit to San Jose to check out our newest completed project, Santana Row ‘s Courtyard – a secret oasis from the hustle and bustle of the street and shops. The courtyard has become a tropical haven for the passerby’s heading home to the adjacent Misora Luxury Rentals or upstairs to the Santana Heights – Serrano Apartments. A…

Eat Your Sidewalk?

January 2, 2013

Recently I was invited to an Eat Your Sidewalk Showdown event in San Francisco. Eating your sidewalk – that either sounds like a lot of fun or a very scary proposition depending on how familiar you might be with the term urban foraging.  This event co-sponsored by Spurse, a research and design collaborative, and AECOM,…

’tis the season

December 13, 2012

As the year winds down we reflect on the events, the friends, and the projects, and to this, we must thank you all for the good times of 2012. May 2013 be another joyous year for us all (barring the Mayan calendar prophecy).   And a big thanks to the management of Santana Row, Bay…