Sam is a Senior Associate at CMG Landscape Architecture with 11 years of experience. He has worked on a wide range of projects throughout the Bay Area. His work nurtures a commitment to the community he grew up in, with an appreciation for the relationship between communities and their shared environment that goes far beyond the Bay Area.
More recently, Sam has been on the forefront of CMG’s Crissy Field Next – a 20-year vision plan that accounts for climate resilience and future demands of the cherished waterfront park with over 1 million visitors per year. The scope includes a large planning processes and community engagement with diverse stakeholders and interest groups to inform the strategic project framework.
While studying at the University of California, Berkeley, Sam was a Teaching Assistant for ecology courses and conducted research for the Fire Ecology Laboratory. For years, he worked with diverse youth groups in environmental education and practiced as an Urban Forestry Technician. Sam also draws from experiences working and studying abroad to inform his understanding of how diverse cultures reflect upon their built environment. Sam holds a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry with honors from University of California, Berkeley.
Thomas Church Memorial Design Competition, Winning Team, University of California Berkeley
H.L. Vaughan Award for Academic Excellence
Samuel H. Heller Memorial Fellowship
Dadun Village Design Workshop, China
Civic Center Public Space Design
Civic Center is at the heart of San Francisco’s democracy – a vital open space for the city’s highest-density neighborhoods and a national historic landmark. After decades of neglect and failed revitalization attempts, a new vision is developed through a community-based process bringing together 75 institutions and community groups, thousands of city residents and workers, and governmental stakeholders to reimagine what contemporary democratic public space could be.
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.
As an iconic civic building in the Yerba Buena neighborhood, the Moscone Center brings together flexible convention spaces and a vibrant public realm for residents, conventioneers, and visitors. The expansion creates connections and relationships to the neighborhood through activation of the pedestrian experience and generous social places.
University of California Berkeley Lower Sproul Plaza
The 2.6-acre site sits at the urban interface of the University of California campus and the City of Berkeley. This project redefines a signature campus community space to reflect new values around open space, sustainability, and inclusivity by privileging people, plants, and water resources. Centered on the rehabilitated historic plaza at the heart of the student community, the design repositions the campus open space as the place to be, activated with social life and cultural events.