At LGLA we approach landscape architecture as an opportunity to explore a series of relationships: between the site and the region; architecture and landscape; and most importantly, between the landscape and the people who will inhabit it. Since our founding in 1992, LGLA has been responsible for the planning and design of a wide range of public and private projects including campuses, boutique hotels, commercial buildings, public parks, and private residences.
Lisa Gimmy, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP
Founding principal Lisa Gimmy has long promoted sustainable and regionally-appropriate solutions to projects regardless of complexity or scale. Designs evolve from a respect for the cultural and historical contexts and reflection of the qualities of the site. From the beginning of program development through the detailing of materials, we engage clients who want to participate in the process to understand the possibilities appropriate to their project, and to evaluate these efforts against budget and schedule parameters. At the heart of any design process is the reconciliation of competing goals and objectives; in the balance, we craft creative and innovative solutions that enable us to realize our core mission: to create landscapes imbued with beauty, utility and a strong sense of place.
ASLA, LEED AP Garden on the Arroyo: Pasadena Beautiful 2010 Golden Arrow Award. Valley College Campus Wide Improvements: SCC/ASLA award in 2005. Pierce College Aesthetic
Jeff Graham, ASLA
The woods behind Jeff’s childhood home instilled his passion for the outdoors. His commitment to landscape architecture is driven by the desire to create outdoor spaces that successfully integrate the natural and built environments and connect people with the larger landscape. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Theatre from UC Santa Barbara and received his post-graduate certification in landscape architecture from UCLA Extension. His experience in these fields provides a unique perspective that fuels his enthusiasm for a compelling narrative.
As LGLA’s project manager, Jeff has managed numerous complex projects, including the award-winning Hindry House, Bungalow Court, Norwood Learning Village, Cedar Tree Ranch, Sierra Bonita and Desert Retreat. He is responsible for coordination, budget and project development tracking, assisting with the preparation of construction documents, site visits, reviewing bids and submittals, facilitating client presentations, project proposals, social media, and interfacing with current and prospective clients.
A more oft-than-not weekend traveler, Jeff frequents the desert Southwest and the high altitudes of the Eastern Sierras for reinvigoration. While he derives inspiration from works by Steve Martino and Lawrence Halprin, experiencing Monet’s Magpie at the d’Orsay has been a lifetime highlight on par with his single day ascent and descent of Mt. Whitney.
Jamie Litton Lanfranco, PLA
A landscape architect described her profession to Jamie as “creating a painting, then getting the honor to walk through it.” After learning about what the profession encompasses, her interest only grew. Jamie received her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and began her career in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Since joining LGLA she has worked on a variety of projects, including a feasibility study for a Skilled Nursing Facility at the Barlow Respiratory Hospital, the landscape renovation for the historic Helms Hall of Fame, the Historic American Landscape Survey report for the Virginia Robinson Gardens, and gardens for many private residences. Aiming to bring designs to life before the project breaks ground, Jamie specializes in visual presentation, from 3D modeling to construction documentation and research.
Jamie has traveled abroad in Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean, but usually enjoys spending time exploring nearby national parks, especially during wildflower season. She is continually inspired by the bold modernist work of Roberto Burle Marx, the strength of wilderness captured through the lens of Ansel Adams, and the colorful organic details of Antoni GaudÍ.