Pamela is a Principal at CMG Landscape Architecture with 19 years of experience. She brings a strong ecological background to her projects and works on resiliency and climate change solutions. Her drive to protect the environment stems from her childhood on a farm, education in plant science and regenerative landscape architecture, and experience restoring waterways at the US Army Corps of Engineers.
She focuses on transforming challenged urban areas into socially valued and ecologically performing public open spaces – with experience on two of the largest environmentally innovative projects in the Bay Area responding to Climate Change — Treasure Island Parks and Open Space and the San Francisco Waterfront Resilience Program.
She is a recipient of the 2018 Landscape Architecture Foundation Fellowship for the development of the award-winning Pathfinder landscape carbon calculator application and the Climate Positive Design Challenge – products of an extensive research initiative, which she is sharing around the globe. Pamela serves as a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects Climate Action Committee and was recognized by the SF Business Times in 2019 as a NCRE Woman of Influence.
Pamela is currently participating in the 2022-2023 Loeb Fellowship at Harvard Graduate School of Design.
2021 IFLA Climate Change Working Group Vice-Chair
2021 AILA President’s Award Recipient
2021 Metropolis Magazine Planet Positive Award
2021 ENR Top 25 Newsmakers
2020 R+D Award, Architect Magazine
2020 Professional Award, Research, ASLA National
2019 NCRE Women of Influence Award
2018-2019 Landscape Architecture Foundation Fellow for Innovation and Leadership
CMG has been working from entitlement to construction to create 15 acres of new parks at the transit-served Bay Meadows. The large-scale, mixed-use planning and design project creates an impact at a neighbourhood scale, including; a wetland to filter stormwater and create habitat, social streets with small parks and a beer garden, world class public art, playgrounds, community gardens and a 12-acre city sports park, operated by the City of San Mateo.
Climate Positive Design
The Climate Positive Design Challenge provides guidance for improving the impact of site design projects on the environment. The goal is for all site design projects going forward to collectively sequester more CO2 than they emit by 2030, with a target of removing one gigaton of CO2 from the atmosphere by 2050. To meet the goals of the challenge, an online app called the Pathfinder guides designers towards a path of being Climate Positive – sequestering more carbon than their projects emit, ultimately making a positive contribution to reversing global warming.
San Francisco Waterfront Resilience Program
CMG is part of the team developing plans to reimagine and protect the waterfront from to two very different threats, the danger of earthquakes and the likelihood of sea level rise. Foundational to over three miles of urban waterfront stretching from Fisherman’s Wharf to Mission Creek is an aging seawall. The Seawall project supports historic piers, wharves and buildings as well as stabilizes filled lands containing critical city infrastructure and protects Bayfront neighborhoods from coastal flooding.
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.