Renee is an Associate at CMG Landscape Architecture with nine years of experience. Renee’s background in fine art, painting, environmental design, and landscape architecture lends her the creative tools and practical abilities necessary to adapt to various projects from the regional scale projects to even small garden scale projects.
Through her work at CMG, she has gained expertise in many aspects of project development, within city involved and community engagement, ecological approaches as well as ranging from graphic communication. Renee has worked on CMG’s most sustainable and ecological habitat focused projects – lending her diverse expertise towards Crissy Field, Treasure Island, Bay Meadows and St. James Park. Also, she has contributed her expertise in an efficient and elegant design for some of the campus projects such as Nueva Middle School, Marin Country Day School, Sunnylands Admin Campus and University of California San Francisco Triton Pavilion projects.
Her vision is to bring people closer to their surroundings, creating an environment harmonizing the two and stimulating dialogue between these forces. It is needed to motivate the public to participate in stewardship. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Certificate of Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania where she won the Chair’s Merit Scholarship, as well as, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting & Print Making – in addition to a degree in Environmental Design from Ewha Womans University.
Better Market Street
The redesign of over two miles of Market Street is an opportunity to create a more socially vibrant, pedestrian and bike-friendly environment, improving safety and economic vitality. Amongst a large and complex client team, and an extensive public process, CMG explored conceptual, physical, and programmatic alternatives for how Market Street could be reconfigured with a particular focus at the pedestrian scale.
Crissy Field Next
As one of the most loved parks in the Bay Area, the 20-year-old design by Hargreaves Jones requires a vision for the next 20 years – developing a holistic, respectful, and comprehensive understanding of Crissy Field today and a guide into its next generation of service. Building on today’s challenges and opportunities, CMG led a planning process engaging Crissy Field’s diverse stakeholders and interest groups.
Through freelance research CMG identified a gap in the traditional model of collaborative community engagement. Inspired by the need to bring people together under a common consensus, the firm developed the first communication tool that raises awareness regarding sea level rise adaptation. Through a community-based process, Rise Up can be applied to specific regions to identify assets and vulnerabilities and foster conversation around sea level rise adaptation scenarios.
The Sunnylands estate is reimagined with new program in a new era of sustainability and resource management. CMG set out to reconcile the design integrity, historic uses, and future goals and mission of this historic property. To manage the future of the Annenberg family’s 200-acre retreat estate in the Coachella Valley desert, it was essential to identify the key contributing landscape elements, the origin of their conception, and their integrity after nearly half a century of use, growth, and change.