Profile

Since 2000, we’ve pursued our craft and our ideas in numerous and diverse places. From Cleveland to Seattle, to our home in the Bay Area, we've engaged with communities to develop sustainable, inclusive designs that connect people with each other and their environment. We turned a derelict alley into Mint Plaza, a pedestrian oasis at the heart of downtown San Francisco. We wrote master plans for transforming Treasure Island, historically a military base, into a new civilian neighborhood with an ambitious social and ecological infrastructure. We have planned urban waterway infrastructure along Waller Creek in Austin, Texas, and industrial waterfront piers in New York City. We engaged in creek restorations with school children in Corte Madera.

CMG partners to improve our cities and the broader environment — with community groups, local governments, park conservancies, institutions, developers, and designers. We address the effects of climate change with sea level rise strategies on waterfront parks and drought-tolerant landscapes throughout California. Treasure Island was one of 16 pilot projects selected by the Clinton Climate Initiative for demonstrating how large-scale urban undertakings can grow in ways that are climate-positive. We lead community-based design processes for street life planning for entire districts, and major city boulevards up and down the West Coast. The Yerba Buena Street Life Plan won a national award in 2014 for being a premier example of this.

We seek to make a positive impact on the landscape, and on the profession. Our district-wide stormwater management system for Bay Meadows is one of the largest examples of built green infrastructure. We creatively approach urban ecology. For the SFMOMA rooftop sculpture garden, we engaged a lichenologist to help us develop an unprecedented garden that will slowly transform the building into a living organism.

CMG’s team consists of three dozen architects and designers, led by four principals with distinct aesthetics and interests. Our values are urban, social, and ecological. And we are located in the heart of downtown San Francisco — the city that is, in many ways, the overarching master project of our first decade and a half.