Seawall Program Community Meeting #4


The fourth Seawall/Waterfront Resilience Program Stakeholder Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Port of San Francisco, Pier 1 the Embarcadero! As part of the CH2M/Arcadis team, CMG and the Port of SF will discuss the vision, and principles for the program and apply draft evaluation criteria in an engagement activity.

We value all the great participation in our past three community meetings – from the first meeting, where we introduced the Embarcadero Seawall Program to our most recent third meeting, where we dove deeper in the Program’s Phases – Strengthen, Adapt, and Envision – to understanding the tradeoffs ahead. Together we will strengthen the Seawall, adapt our waterfront, and envision a more resilient and sustainable San Francisco.

For more info and to RSVP, please click here!

The Crissy Field Next Open House was a Success!


Photography by Frank Morse & Francis Ng


Hosted by the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the Crissy Field Next Open House was an exciting and successful public engagement event, as well as a model of a new way of including each member of our community to be an active participant in the reimagining of an important park site. CMG has been leading a design visioning process which engages Crissy Field’s diverse stakeholders and interest groups since 2013. This past Saturday was a continuation of that effort, where guests were able to review preliminary design concepts based on public input, share feedback and learn more about the revitalization efforts taking place for the future of Crissy Field.

The event was well received by the community members and guests. From the moment people arrived, they were greeted by friendly and engaging staff members. Attendees included San Francisco urbanites from all walks of life, providing a wide variety of diverse backgrounds, rich feedback and insights. The CMG team was on site to field questions about the quality of design options moving forward for the park.

We are encouraged Crissy Field Next will be leading a new pathway for public engagement, creating revitalized parklands that are the true democratic places.

To learn more about Crissy Field Next, click here!


Crissy Field Open House on June 1st

Crissy Field Next Invites You to a June 1 Open House at East Beach

Review preliminary design concepts based on public input, share feedback, and learn more

WHAT: The National Park Service, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the Presidio Trust are embarking upon the next chapter of Crissy Field’s revitalization, and request public input and participation.

In fall 2018, we kicked off the Crissy Field Next project with over 600 attendees excited to contribute to the future of Crissy Field. Throughout the fall, we also held several Roving Ranger Pop-Ups to continue to solicit ideas and feedback from people actively enjoying Crissy Field. We learned that while people love Crissy Field, there is untapped potential for visitors to enjoy the park in new ways in the future. Here is a capture of what we heard.

The project team invites the public to join us for the Crissy Field Next Open House. Attendees will be able to look over initial design concepts for each area of Crissy Field and chat with park experts and the project team to share their feedback and ideas.

This free, family-friendly celebration includes snacks and several activity stations:

  • Art Lab: Discover untold stories of Crissy Field and create mini-comic books.
  • Eco Lab: Learn more about wetlands through hands-on activities.
  • Media Lab: Experience the future Tunnel Tops project through a 3D model video.
  • Backyard: Make your own trail mix and meet the Ohlone sisters.

Or, relax on the lawns with snacks and games.

WHEN: Saturday, June 1 from 10 am to 2 pm.

WHERE: Crissy Field Center. 1199 East Beach, The Presidio. San Francisco, CA 94129.

For those who can’t make it to the June 1 Open House, the Roving Ranger will continue to welcome walk-up feedback at Crissy Field throughout the summer. We want to make sure everyone who wants to give us feedback, gets a chance.

HOW: Event details here. And information on the Crissy Field Next project.

WHY: Nearly 20 years after its restoration, Crissy Field is situated in a growing urban population, with unique natural and cultural features, and a changing climate. The Crissy Field Next project is important to in order to enhance the area’s many current uses, while improving ways for people to gather, create, and play.

Pamela Conrad Presenting at 2019 LAF Innovation + Leadership Symposium

Join the 2018-2019 LAF Fellows in Washington DC in what promises to be a powerful event, showcasing leading-edge thinking and achievements in landscape architecture and sustainability. Pamela Conrad, along with six other recipients of the LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership will present their projects to close out the fellowship year.

Pamela’s presentation “Climate Positive Design: Going Beyond Neutral” rethinks climate impacts through the lens of landscape architects. She is working to build alliances within the profession to encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing in tackling climate change. With a challenge and a tool, she will illuminate a way forward for the profession of landscape architecture to have the greatest impact together in a changing world.

For more information and registration, please click here.

Women and Leadership in Design

Join us for CMG’S third salon, an evening of honest conversation focusing on Women and Leadership in Design!

This event will bring together landscape architects, architects and urban designers to discuss how we can create more equitable design practices, and the bold professional model firms are developing to support the growth of women leaders.

RSVP here!




Karen Alschuler  |  Consulting Principal, Perkins + Will

Karen Alschuler is always busy: Serving as a global principal of Perkins+Will available across the firm to Perkins+Will’s 125 urban designers in 10 offices, chairing the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) Design Review Board and expanding her regional and national commitment to social justice.

As a leader of SMWM’s woman-owned collaborative architecture and urban design practice, and as a planner and urban designer at two great global architecture firms SOM and Perkins+Will, she brings a celebrated portfolio along with deep experience in team-building.  Signature award-winning projects include Boston’s Central Artery Corridor, Mission Rock, Treasure Island, Mission Bay, Panama Pacifico, and The Yards in Washington DC.

Leadership on numerous civic panels and boards includes: Urban Land Institute, AICP Fellow, and CREW in NY, Boston and SF along with BCDC.


Laura Crescimano  |  Co-founder / Principal, SITELAB Urban Studio

Laura Crescimano is a co-founder and leader of SITELAB urban studio. Laura’s work investigates the social and political power of space. Designing both processes and places, Laura’s projects range from Pier 70, where she led a multidisciplinary team through the design and community process for a 35-acre mixed-use waterfront development in a historic industrial district in San Francisco, to leading the design for Google’s first proposed mixed-use neighborhood located at their headquarters in Mountain View, to designing Pop-up Care Villages for the homeless services non-profit Lava Mae to help them provide mobile showers as well as “radical hospitality.”

Laura serves on San Francisco Waterfront Design Advisory Committee and from 2010-2012, on the Board of Directors for AIA San Francisco.


Cinda Gilliland  |  Principal and President, Reed Gilliland

For more than 20 years Cinda Gilliland has brought strong conceptual ideas, and a highly attuned eye for design and art to projects ranging from academic and mixed-use projects to community parks in the United States, China, and India. Her life-long interests in art, agriculture and the environment brought her to landscape architecture after years as an artist and small business entrepreneur.  As her career has progressed an underlying theme of using design and the infectious energy of human creativity to catalyze social change and community cohesiveness has emerged.  Of late she has returned to the entrepreneurial world, in 2016 forming Reed Gilliland, in part as a vehicle for exploring the meanings and applications of being a feminist and a designer.


Akiko Ono  |  Associate, Shades of Green Landscape Architecture

Akiko Ono leads design projects at Shades of Green Landscape Architecture in CA. Originally hailing from Japan with degrees in Comparative Cultures and Architectural History, Akiko decided to pursue landscape architecture as a medium for working “in-between” – between theory and practice, nature and culture, Japanese and other cultures. Akiko has 17 years of experience working on international and local projects at scales both detailed and geographic, and is a lecturer at UC Berkeley.





Allison Arieff  |  Editorial Director, SPUR AND contributing columnist to the New York Times

Allison Arieff is Editorial Director of SPUR. She recently published “Where Are All the Female Architects?” in the New York Times, where she has been a contributing columnist since 2006

Willett Moss Speaking at 2019 California Preservation Foundation Conference

The California Preservation Conference brings dedicated participants from across the state to learn, network, and share successes. The 4-day event from May 8-11 includes over 40 sessions, special events, networking activities, and site tours in and around Palm Springs, CA. With this year’s theme, “Preservation Springs Eternal”, attendees will explore the innovative methods and strategies that architects, designers, planners, local advocates, and others use in the ongoing fight to preserve cultural landscape and architectural resources.

Willett is participating and speaking in two events during the course of the conference; a mobile workshop on Thursday, May 9th alongside Janice Lyle, Michaeleen Gallagher and Kelly Reynolds titled, “Preservation, Sustainability, and Reuse of the Sunnylands Cultural Landscape”, as well as session on Friday, May 10th with Dr. Linda L. Day and Roshni Thomas titled, “The Modernist Architecture and Planning Legacy in the Public Sphere: What To Preserve and What to Replace”. Following this conference all will be challenged to apply the information gathered in their communities to continue the work of protecting California’s heritage for future generations.

For full program and conference information, please click here.

CMG Speaks at APA NPC 2019


CMG is excited to announce that Willett Moss (Partner), Lauren Hackney (Senior Associate), and Kevin Conger (Partner) will be presenting at the upcoming APA National Planning Conference 2019! The conference is from April 13 – 16 at Moscone West in San Francisco. At APA NPC planners, planning commissioners, appointed and elected officials, and students will discuss new ideas and innovative planning. Come see CMG’s Willett Moss, Lauren Hackney, and Kevin Conger on April 13-16 at Moscone West in SF! Willett and Lauren, with City and community partners, will conduct the Heart of the City: Civic Center Mobile Workshop, which will depart at 2:30pm. Kevin, with fellow session speakers Leo Chow and Christopher Meany, will be presenting the topic Treasure Island: A Forward Looking Community on April 16 from 10:15am-11:30am. For further information about the sessions, look below:


Topic: Treasure Redevelopment Island: A Forward-looking Community – NPC198197, CM | 1.25

Speakers: Leo Show, Christopher Meany, Kevin Conger

Date/Time: April 16, 10:15-11:30am

The redevelopment of Treasure Island is an opportunity to create a 21st century neighborhood based on principles of sustainability, community diversity, and social vibrancy. Learn about its innovations in urban design, landscape-based water management, and native and wildlife habitat creation. This course is approved to offer 1.25 LUs (AIA).


Topic: Mobile Workshop to Civic Center – NPC190022, CM | 5

Cost: $25.00

Activity TypeOffsite Tours and Programming

Speakers: Lauren Hackney and Willett Moss

Location: Depart from Moscone West – Mobile Workshop Departure Area


To learn more about APA NPC19, click here!

Pamela Conrad Speaks at Rescape California 2019 – Water in the World of Climate Change

Pamela Conrad, Principal, of CMG is speaking at the Rescape California 2019 Seasonal Speaker Series: Spring Talk – Water in the World of Climate Change on Thursday, April 11 from 6-8:30pm at EBMUD, Oakland ($25 members/$35 non-members). This is the second in a series of conversations about regenerative landscape practices that addresses the climate issues of our time. This conversation will address the importance of how landscape architects design and manage landscapes to respond to climate change through watershed health and water issues.

To purchase tickets, click here!


Collective Climate Action

World Landscape Architect highlights the climate change primer presented by CMG’s Principal, Pamela Conrad, ASLA, and Martha Schwartz, FASLA, in a panel titled “Climate Action, Now!” The conversation revolved around the impacts of climate change and how landscape architects have a responsibility to incorporate climate-friendly elements into their designs and practice.

While this may seem like a daunting task, the article goes on to advocate overcoming fear through open communication across the profession and interdisciplinary collaboration in order to initiate insightful action. In her own practice, Pamela has created a “Landscape Carbon Calculator” for use on site projects, and is launching a Climate Positive Design website as a tool to provide resources and guidance to improve individual projects and our profession’s climate impact through science-based design.

To read the entire article, click here!

Envisioning A New Civic Center

CMG Landscape Architecture has led a design team to develop plans for Civic Center public spaces through a community-based process that encourages participation and conversations. At an open house event celebrating the community’s role in the process, the vision plan for these Civic Center public spaces was revealed.

Three major public spaces have been reconsidered and reconceived: Civic Center Plaza, United Nations Plaza, and the block of Fulton Street that connects them. In addition to CMG, the design team includes Gehl Studio, HR&A, InterEthnica, Kennerly Architecture + Planning, Lotus Water, Structus M. Lee, JS Nolan, architecture + history, and HRA Engineering.

The design puts emphasis on reaching traditionally underserved communities, particularly bilingual and monolingual constituents. While engaging with the locals through community meetings and focus groups, more than 60 community organizations and over 3,000 people participated in the development of the plan since the project began in April 2017.

“Civic Center’s public realm should be the pride and joy of all San Franciscans, valued as useful and beautiful space that is a unique expression of our city and its democratic life,” said Willet Moss, founding partner of CMG. “With our community and City partners, we are excited to propose this vision for twenty-first-century commons that all San Franciscans are proud of – a civic gathering place that welcomes daily life and everyday use.”

Click here to learn more about the project!

Check out the official Civic Center website!

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