Crocker Art Museum


July 12, 2018

"Crocker Art Museum director Lial Jones says while every firm that applied was well qualified, Olson Kundig and Surfacedesign shone with their enthusiasm for the project and how they addressed the design challenges. She also says they were simply the right fit for the project and for Sacramento."


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Plan for green space takes shape at former South Hayward quarry

March, 2018

"Plans for La Vista Park drafted by Surfacedesign, of San Francisco, for the former La Vista Quarry site include a yoga area, basketball court, picnic facilities, amphitheater, sports field, water play features, play areas dedicated to science and adventure themes, open spaces for stargazing, a celestial garden, an area for food trucks or a farmers market, and a garden with native plants and flowers."


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Construction Progress at hooper street - Permeable paving installation

March 7, 2018

When completed, the Hooper Street corridor will provide a 40 foot wide thoroughfare that connects the development with adjacent neighborhoods and the California College of the Arts. The through-way provides natural ventilation and sunlight access to all interior units. In addition to providing exterior amenities for tenants and outdoor eating and gathering spaces, the landscape design supports standalone retail uses at the ground floor and provides a variety of landscape program for tenants of the building. The design emphasizes visual and physical connections to a possible publicly accessible “event” open space to the southwest of the site.


Photos courtesy of the Harvard Graduate School of Design

Surfacedesign Hosts Showcase and discussion for Harvard GSD Studio "Phantom Coast"

February 13, 2018

Surfacedesign hosts event for Harvard alumni and friends to exhibit and discuss current GSD students' work for the Fall 2017 Option Studio "Phantom Coast". James A. Lord and Roderick Wyllie of Surfacedesign taught the design studio at the Harvard Graduate School of Design that explored the imaginative potential of the San Francisco Seawall as both innovative infrastructure and dynamic and engaging public open space.


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Anaha Tower Blessed By Local Hawaiian Decedents

October 18, 2017

Surfacedesign's landscape at the Anaha Tower in Honolulu was blessed by the local Hawaiian descendants on the first day of its grand opening. The project began in 2013 and was blessed in October of 2017. The project includes a ground floor entry landscape and a 37,500 square foot amenity deck equipped with swimming pool, spa, volleyball courts, bar, and tropical gardens.


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james a. lord elevated to asla council of fellows

September, 2017

"The designation of Fellow is conferred on individuals in recognition of exceptional accomplishments over a sustained period of time. Individuals considered for this distinction must be members of ASLA in good standing for at least 10 years and must be recommended to the Council of Fellows by the Executive Committee of their local chapter, the Executive Committee of ASLA, or the Executive Committee of the Council of Fellows."


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Surfacedesign Awarded Cooper Hewitt National Design Award

May 10, 2017

"The National Design Awards were conceived by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to honor lasting achievement in American design. The Awards are bestowed in recognition of excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life. First launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council, the annual Awards program celebrates design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of the impact of design through education initiatives.

The National Design Awards program celebrates design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of design by educating the public and promoting excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement."


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surfacedesign VOTED 2016 Architectural digest innovator

September 6, 2016

"Every year Architectural Digest searches the globe for trailblazing talents across architecture, art, landscape design, product design, and technology. These creatives are redefining their industries with new discoveries, ever expanding the boundaries of their fields. Over the past five years, [Architectural Digest] has celebrated such visionaries as architects Jeanne Gang, Bjarke Ingels, Sou Fujimoto, and Ole Scheeren; artists JR and Janet Echelman; glassblower Thaddeus Wolfe; start-ups Airbnb, WeWork, and Houzz; landscape designer Mikyoung Kim; environmentalist Boyan Slat; art organizations the Art Production Fund and Random International; designer studio Roman and Williams; and even Copenhagen mayor Frank Jensen."


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