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Design Workshop
Los Angeles, California

Design Workshop's recently established a Los Angeles office to apply the firm's wide-ranging expertise with desert communities and urban environments. The Los Angeles office is led by Lance Lowrey. The firm has been providing landscape architecture, land planning and urban design and planning services for nearly five decades. The firm's experience ranges from master plans, planned communities, campuses, urban centers and resorts to detailed design for public parks, plazas, residences and streetscapes.

The firm's DW Legacy Design(R) is a comprehensive approach to planning and design delivering measurable project outcomes through four elements: environment, community, economics and art. These elements are symbolized by four overlapping circles, one for each element. The center of these rings--where the four are in balance-- results in the ideal profile for a project. If a project begins with a heavy emphasis on one element, the process seeks to move it as close to the center as possible to broaden its impact. Legacy metrics are a discovery-oriented tool to shape a collective point of view about a project's aspirations. They help the firm develop more thorough design solutions by setting goals, integrating strategies from all four circles and measuring outcomes.

Design Workshop has 10 offices nationally and internationally that include 18 principals, 23 associates and 69 staff.



Gardens on El Paseo, Palm Desert, California


The Gardens on El Paseo is an upscale retail complex in the premier shopping district known as El Paseo in Palm Desert, California. A series of gardens provide spirited water features and landscape spaces for visitors to enjoy. These gardens furnish areas of sun, shade, color, and bold patterns reflecting the character of the arid climate. Environmental art and graphics represent and explain the desert region and its rich history. A garden floor in the center of the site is formed by natural stone materials through which palms, flowering trees, and succulents grow. In the spring, flowering annuals emerge from the desert arroyo, signaling the vitality of the desert and the Gardens on El Paseo.

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Catalina Foothills Residence, Tucson, Arizona


Catalina Foothills, a modern home located in north Tucson, Arizona, illustrates excellence for its use of color, careful attention to the native vegetation palette, and water conservation. Designers implemented the region's first graywater reuse system for a residential application, intended to reduce water consumption by approximately forty percent. Innovation, combined with a striking planting palette respective of its region, creates a notable environment for its owners and their guests. Design Workshop chose a palette of native plants whose color, texture and bloom sequence complement the modern lines and subtle tones of the architecture, and coincide with the time in which the owners are in residence. Sonoran natives such as palo verde trees, brittlebush and creosote facilitate the natural sequence from built environment to native desert at the exterior of the property. Closer in, the master and guest wings are screened with ocotillo, blue agave and acacia trees, allowing for a glimpse of the variety of plant materials that exist in desert landscapes. In total, the landscape architect carefully crafted a planting design that includes nearly 30 varieties of cacti, agave and aloe, 20 varieties of drought-tolerant shrubs, and 40 species of ground cover.

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World Trade Center Plaza, Denver, Colorado


Design Workshop orchestrated a multidisciplinary team of architects and engineers during the re-envisioning of the outdated World Trade Center Plaza site in Denver, Colorado. The critical success factors were to improve the project's life cycle, create a new and distinctive project identity, and enhance the social qualities of the plaza. As a result, the design of a beautiful stone floor, a raised garden area, a shade canopy, and facade and signage improvements elevated this plaza to one of Denver's best. Construction was completed in 2005.

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Old Town Plaza Redevelopment, Lewisville, Colorado


As part of the revitalization effort for Old Town, Design Workshop was retained by the city of Lewisville, Colorado, to plan and design a new urban park that will become the icon of the historic district downtown. The process for creating the programming and design was established through a highly successful community-based charrette. The new plaza and park include water features, a great lawn, a venue for concerts and performances, an arts garden, outdoor dining, historic interpretation, demonstration gardens, and pedestrian amenities.

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Scottsdale Quarter, Scottsdale, Arizona


Scottsdale Quarter is a 28-acre mixed-use development that incorporates the best elements of Arizona's arid climate and the city of Scottsdale's prestigious location to create a premier experience of luxury shopping, employment and living. Design Workshop was retained by the client to do the landscape and urban design to create an establishment that stood out from the saturation of other ambience-oriented projects in the region. The culmination of the design lies in the Palm Court, which offers patrons shade, food and sculptural water features that create civic scale and outdoor activities.

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The Village at Montclair


In 2006, the city of Montclair concluded a revisioning effort that yielded a new downtown specific plan--road map for growth and redevelopment. Its aim: to incorporate New Urbanism best practices that reverse sprawl, promote transit-oriented development, and create sustainable, human-scale districts and hubs within the city. The Village at Montclair, a 6.7-acre site at the heart of the city, was identified as the new town center for the community. Design Workshop worked to integrate the site into these larger plans for the city to become a vibrant and connected center.

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As seen in LASN magazine, October 2017, Firms.






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