In 2000, three friends got together and launched CMG Landscape Architecture, an urban design and landscape architecture practice motivated by imagination, innovation, and craft. As a mission-based studio, CMG works to increase social and ecological wellbeing through artful design—to positively impact communities and the planet. 

At the heart of the practice is attention to public space, how the built environment shapes human interaction, and the way innovation can foster a thriving natural world. Everything we do is predicated on connecting people to each other and to nature. CMG has earned national recognition and numerous awards for merits in design, social impact, and environmental stewardship.

Bringing proven value to clients and projects, our long-standing relationships with institutions, community groups, local governments, park conservancies, developers and designers is a testament to our dedication.

Throughout the west coast and across the nation, CMG has made a positive impact within landscapes, cities, and the profession. Across a wide range of initiatives, project scales and types, all our work accrues as a single overarching project to improve the public realm of our shared cities – human spaces that engender beauty, emotion, and wonder.

CMG leads community-based design processes for street life and public space planning by actively engaging the public and encouraging discourse and the sharing of ideas. Sustainability through climate change mitigation, urban resiliency, and ecology, strategies for sea level rise at waterfront parks, drought-tolerant landscapes, habitat value creation, and carbon sequestration initiatives are continuing to increase in importance and shape the ideas of the firm. Each project is distinct, designed environments that invite, include, support, and sustain a specific place.

CMG’s team is led by a diverse leadership collective powered by unique perspectives, shared goals, empathy, inclusivity, and co-creation. We are in the heart of downtown San Francisco—the city that is, in many ways, the overarching master project of our first two decades.