Amy McCosh Leonard


Amy is a designer at CMG Landscape Architecture with eight years of experience. With a focus on the intersection of ecology, history, visual communication and storytelling, Amy’s research and design work engages with themes such as collective memory, identity, ecological systems, and the experiential qualities of place. Amy previously served as a project manager at Bay Area native plant nurseries that focus on mitigation and restoration projects.

A recent graduate from UC Berkeley, Amy’s thesis research culminated in a comparative cultural history of the cemetery systems of Prato, Italy and Colma, California, which she is now editing for publication. Prior to CMG, Amy interned for the Trust for Public Land where she was a part of the the Parks for People team, supporting projects like Living Schoolyards for Oakland and the Richmond Wellness Trail. Amy is a recipient of the inaugural Extraordinary Teaching in Extraordinary Times award, and outside her work at CMG, teaches foundational coursework in drawing and representation to graduate students at UC Berkeley’s LAEP Department, emphasizing critical image making practices in cartography and design communication. Amy holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts - Film with minor coursework in Psychology and Sculpture from the University of California, San Diego.

Master of Landscape Architecture, University of California, Berkeley

Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts – Film with minor coursework in Psychology and Sculpture, University of California, San Diego