PLAT Studio Inc. is a research-driven and design-oriented landscape architecture and urbanism practice based in Berkeley, CA.

Our practice works to bring sustainable and timeless places to life by integrating landscape architecture, urbanism, and research in our process and by thinking about our designs as a part of a larger environmental and societal framework. We strive to instill the site’s historical and cultural assets into our designs to create meaningful places for clients, visitors, and community. By seeking innovative approaches to site limitations we are able to create progressive, innovative places for all.

PLAT Studio is comprised of over 15 talented professionals, many of whom have a wide range of international, high-profile, and multi-faceted project experiences.  We work collaboratively with our clients, architects, planners, and engineers to deliver high quality projects under both schedule and budget constraints. In our international and complex teams, we recognize and celebrate diversity in our collaborative efforts to pursue holistic and comprehensive solutions.

Our practice has delivered designs for a diverse range of project types, from entire sectors of cities to intimate garden spaces; our past projects include large-scale, urban open space frameworks, regional and urban parks, master plans and designs for large office campuses, and private, mixed-use, and residential developments.

No matter how different the project, PLAT Studio responded to the unique spirit of each place to produce built works of lasting distinction that exceeded the goals, aspirations, and needs of the clients.
Our Vision

Progressive Innovation Based on Research and the Design Process:

Our high-performance landscapes  that redefine site limitations are a result of a rigourous research and design process that involve multiple levels of research into the site’s existing system and prototyping of landscape and built elements.

With our proven experience of bringing projects into reality, we ensure that not only are our designs innovative, they are firmly grounded in the realm of possibility and aligned with the client’s objectives.

Synthesis of Systems (System-thinking): Rather than thinking about the landscape as its own, self-sustaining system, we recognize that it is an active component in the environmental, urban, economic, and social fabric. We consider and negotiate with all components to give readability to the urban fabric and to  build a sustainable infrastructure. We accomplish this by working closely with our clients and collaborators to identify the site’s limitations, to establish  potential solutions, and to bring those solutions into reality across all scales.

By thinking about our built landscape as a synthesis of systems, we desire to position the landscape as a framework for positive growth. We understand the economy, architecture, infrastructure, government, social fabric, structure, and environment of the site through research and put our designs through a rigourous design process to ensure that the landscapes we design are progressively innovative and  support flexibility in future growth.

As landscape architects, urban designers, and architects, we believe that a powerfully constructed landscape has the potential to knit together otherwise incongruent land uses, socially disparate communities, and underutilized ecological systems. It is a powerful tool vital to the health of our economic, social, and environmental future.

Timeless and Sustainable Place-making:

PLAT Studio strives to create livable, attractive, and sustainable places that serve the needs of the present and the future and that exceed the limitations of time to become an integral part of the urban and social fabric.

We accomplish this by looking closely at the site’s unique site features: topography, ecology, history, and culture and by working with those existing conditions to create designs that respect the spirit of the place while making progressive strides towards a framework that supports future growth. This respect allows us to create places that can adapt and harmonize with the surrounding landscape and its existing rhythms.
Our Process

PLAT Studio prides itself on its close relationship with clients through all phases of a project. We work together in order to align our project vision  and design with the needs of clients and customers and with the constraints of reality.

Ingrained in the company culture is also a desire to foster synergistic energy between our office and our many collaborators. Intensive, thoughtful design sessions are not restricted to internal meetings but often involve working intimately with collaborators from schematic to detail design. PLAT Studio’s diverse expertise and experience in creating a variety of spaces around the world has allowed us to create with our clients and collaborators spaces of timeless beauty.
© PLAT Studio Inc., 2018 
Berkeley, California