We are proud to announce the promotion of Pamela Conrad, Rayna deNiord and Carrie Rybczynski to Senior Associate, and Justin Aff, Corbett Belcher, Michael Hee, Jason Rowe, Lauren Stahl, Sam Woodham-Roberts, and Nicolaus Wright to Associate. From a rooftop workplace landscape for Facebook to a park below an existing highway ramp, to designing Treasure Island’s public realm to creating urban design guidelines for University of Washington’s West Campus, these individuals are committed to producing memorable landscapes. We are excited to recognize their achievements.
(Left to Right: Pamela Conrad, Rayna DeNiord, Carrie Rybczynski)
Pamela Conrad, PLA, LEED AP
Pamela has over a decade of experience designing and managing domestic and international projects, and has led many of the firm’s largest, most complex projects. She brings an ecologically sensitive approach to her work, and has focused on transforming marginalized urban spaces into public parks and the integration and restoration of ecological systems into the urban interface. For CMG, Pamela is currently managing the San Francisco Seawall Resiliency Project and Treasure Island Redevelopment. Additional projects include Bay Meadows Open Space, O Street Office Building, and One Vassar.
There is a curiosity that lives inside Rayna. Interested in where ideas come from and how best to catch them, she throws a wide net when casting. As an experienced project manager and technical and conceptual designer, whatever the scale or scope of a project she explores the fuzzy edge between thinking and doing by inviting play, cultivating curiosity, and allowing whatever sort of meaning to emerge. Rayna has been leading the design of Facebook’s Menlo Park campus for the last 7 years. Other projects include SFMOMA Rooftop Sculpture Garden, Pacific Overlook, and Ohlone Newark Center Community College.
Carrie Rybczynski, PLA, LEED AP
Carrie’s passion is effectively and efficiently shepherding projects from design through construction and maintaining the design vision set in the initial stages. Her portfolio spans projects of all scales and types, from small pocket parks to large-scale community planning projects. In addition to her project work, Carrie is an office leader in the staffing and management of project teams. Recent and ongoing projects include Transbay Under Ramp Park, Folsom St. Streetscape, Noe Valley Town Square, The Tribal School, and UC Berkeley Lower Sproul Plaza.
(Left to Right: Jason Rowe, Justin Aff, Corbett Belcher, Lauren Stahl, Nico Wright, Michael Hee, Sam Woodhams-Roberts)
In all of his projects, Justin seeks opportunities to make the most of our shared public spaces. He approaches places with an urban sensibility and designs by celebrating the natural and innate features of places and the ways they accrue and evolve. His focus is on public places, ranging from small parks and plazas to large campus master plans. Recent projects include East Wharf Park, Mission Bay Park P3, Point Richmond Terminal One and Waterfront Park, Treasure Island Streetscape, and UCSF 4th Street Plaza.
Corbett’s experience managing projects from inception to completion has been developed on projects ranging from a 1,300-acre urban park to historic and adaptive re-use to rooftop gardens. These projects have honed his attention to detail and coordination and his ability to find solutions to a variety of issues while maintaining project integrity. He believes the challenge of good public space is to reach a diversity of users, designing flexibility into the framework of the space to allow diverse users to make it their own. His projects include Facebook and managing six different projects at Bay Meadows.
Michael Hee, PLA
Michael believes in work that makes communities better through versatile and resilient public spaces, and is focused on getting projects built. He translates between contractors, clients, and design teams, and enjoys the unforeseen field situations that require a collaborative on-the-spot sketch to realize or exceed the original design intent. His project work includes Daggett Park, Mission Bay Park P3, Crissy Field Overlook, 41 Tehama Street, and Marin Academy Science Building.
Jason Rowe, PLA
Jason has held a primary role on a variety of institutional, campus, multi-family housing, and public projects and has a strong background in site design, construction detailing, planting design, and integration of site-specific ecology and natural systems. His creative inspiration comes from the visual arts, nature, music, gardening, architecture, and site materiality. Recent projects include Facebook, Bay Meadows Open Space, Daggett Park, California Academy of Sciences Entry Landscape, and The Pacific.
Since she was young, Lauren has been interested in cities and the quality of public spaces. Growing up in the middle of suburban sprawl, she felt dissatisfied with the fragmentation and lack of community center, so her career path has been focused on creating the type of public spaces she missed growing up. Lauren’s recent projects include Treasure Island Redevelopment, Nueva School, Yerba Buena Street Life Plan, and One Vassar.
Growing up in the Bay Area informs Sam’s appreciation of the relationship between communities and their shared spaces. Prior to his career as a landscape architect, Sam studied forestry, taught environmental education, and worked in ecological research. From this trajectory he has come to value design as a means of giving form and voice to his environmental ethics. Recent work includes UC Berkeley Lower Sproul Plaza, Transbay Under Ramp Park, Noe Valley Town Square, and Folsom St. Streetscape.
Trained as an architect with a background in public art and archaeology, Nico brings a unique perspective to each of his projects. As a cross-disciplinary designer, he creates strong collaborations by translating between project constituencies, and strives to maintain a connection between the broad ideas of site, history and geography and the human-scale details with which people interact. His projects include Facebook, Moscone Center Expansion Open Space, 801 Brannan, and Alcatraz Embarkation Site.