Surfacedesign, Inc. is a landscape architecture and urban design firm based in San Francisco, California. This award-winning practice focuses on creating dynamic parks, plazas, waterfronts, civic landscapes, and private gardens. James A. Lord, Roderick Wyllie, and Geoff di Girolamo, in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of landscape architects, urban designers, and architects, provide innovative design solutions for a wide range of projects.
Interactive and meaningful collaboration between project stakeholders, ranging from clients, designers, community groups, and city agencies are essential components to the shifting tactics required to program dynamic public sites. Surfacedesign’s outreach and visioning work focus on building partnerships and innovative strategies for placemaking.
Integral to the ideology of the practice, Surfacedesign focuses on cultivating a sense of connection to the built and natural world, pushing people to engage with the landscape in new ways. Our approach emphasizes and celebrates the unique context and imaginative potential of each project. The studio’s design process is rooted in asking novel questions and listening to a site and its users - a process that has led to engaging and inspiring landscapes that are rugged, contemporary, and crafted.