Lauren is a Designer at CMG Landscape Architecture with five years of experience. Her background in the history of urban social movements, watershed ecology and rehabilitation, and bicycle advocacy brought her to landscape architecture. In her design work and research, she engages with themes such as geologic process, ecological succession, and community resilience.
Lauren’s persistent work on Treasure Island Parks + Open Space, including the Yerba Buena Island Dog Park, Cityside Park, and the Eastside Commons, has brought this multi decade project closer to final design realization.
Lauren has received many American Society of Landscape Architects awards through University of California Berkeley as well as the ASLA Northern California Chapter. In 2017, she was recognized as a University Olmsted Scholar by the Landscape Architecture Foundation. Outside of her work at CMG, Lauren teaches bike repair at a community workshop in South Berkeley and plans her next thru-hiking adventure. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Reed College.
2017 Landscape Architecture Foundation, University Olmsted Foundation Scholar
2017 ASLA Graduate Merit Award - Northern California Chapter
2016-2017 ASLA Student Chapter President, University of California Berkeley
2015-2016 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, University of California Berkeley
Estuary Commons Design Challenge
Estuary Commons creates a network of public spaces, adapts ecological systems, and strengthens social and economic relationships for a future of community-driven resilience. The need to address the urgency of social, racial, and economic inequality alongside long-term environmental risks is acute in the San Leandro Bay. The Estuary Commons is a strategic vision for community resilience that begins by addressing structural and systemic injustices that result in daily challenges for residents and communities – jobs, housing, transportation, and health.
Estuary Commons Co-Creation
To protect local neighborhoods and restore native habitats, All Bay Collective (ABC) rethinks the shoreline around San Leandro Bay. Through Estuary Commons, the communities of Deep East Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro will be able to adapt to sea-level rise, groundwater flooding and have a network of flourishing greenways to enjoy for generations to come. ABC has worked closely with eight community organizations from East Oakland to move the communities from the margins to the center of the design and planning process.
Treasure Island Parks + Open Space
A contemporary landscape that is socially active, environmentally progressive, well-crafted, and rooted in its place as an island in the middle of the Bay. CMG has approached the large and complex redevelopment of Treasure Island as an opportunity to pioneer innovation in sustainable infrastructure and socially oriented landscapes.