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Pamela Burton & Company
Santa Monica, Calif.

Pamela Burton & Company is an internationally recognized and respected landscape architecture firm that specializes in integrating the disciplines of art, architecture and landscape. Founder/Principal Pamela Burton, FASLA, has a Master of Architecture from the School of Architecture and Planning, UCLA, and a BA from the School of Environmental Design, UCLA. She is a Calif. RLA (#1829) and a LEED Green Associate.

The firm employs 12 professional landscape architects and designers and offers comprehensive landscape design for civic, institutional, commercial and residential clients. The firm's international portfolio includes work in Brazil, China, Japan, Taiwan, Bahamas, Korea, Mexico and Ukraine. The firm's built work in the U.S. includes California, Idaho, New York and Pennsylvania projects.

The firm combines Burton's passion for plants and the history of landscape architecture to create designs that evolve from a site's cultural and physical environment. Each design is informed by the site's geography, ecology and history. The focus is on how people move through a space and how spaces are connected. Objects and materials frame and form the proportions of a project. Aesthetic sensitivity is balanced by an interest in the symbolic nature of the built environment and a commitment to sustainable landscape design, including storm water management, heat island reduction and water efficient landscaping. An example is the Santa Monica Public Library with Moore Ruble Yudell (architects), which received LEED Gold. The sustainability features included rainwater harvesting for irrigation, a drought-tolerant planting palette, recycled materials in the hardscape, bioswales and water efficient irrigation.

The firm's work has been featured in numerous publications. In 2010, Princeton Architectural Press published a monograph of the firm's work, Pamela Burton Landscapes. In 2003, Burton co-authored Private Landscapes: Modernist Gardens in Southern California with Marie Botnick. The book profiles residential gardens designed by mid-century modernists Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler and a number of their colleagues.



Outpatient Surgery and Oncology Center, Santa Monica, Calif.


The goals for the Santa Monica UCLA Outpatient Surgery and Oncology Center were to design soothing and therapeutic landscapes for the patient recovery areas, and to create a sustainable, low cost and low maintenance garden. Durable, low-water plants are coupled with low-water use irrigation, locally quarried stone and magnolia trees in the parkway along Sixteenth Street. The landscape design offers intimate seating areas, bike parking and clear views into the site through veils of trees and plantings.

A garden roof terrace seen from the employee areas within the building has ornamental grasses that move gently with the ocean breezes. The building is designed with a focus on sustainable, green-building strategies, and is in the application process to become the first outpatient surgery and oncology center in the nation to gain LEED Gold certification.

Award: Los Angeles Business Council, Award of Excellence 2013

Photos: Undine Prohl

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Brentwood Residence


In this residential project, created in collaboration with Belzberg Architects, our goal was to create a boundless sense of space for a large family complex. The long driveway experience is punctuated with tall redwood trees and the remainder of the property has large sycamore trees that extend down and through the canyon. The property has a large tennis court, great lawn, and linear swimming pool with an infinity edge. A second floor terrace provides ample views of the landscape below.

Photos: Undine Prohl

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Hilton Hotel Headquarters, Beverly Hills, Calif.


Pamela Burton & Co worked with Tishman Speyer and Joey Shimoda Architects to renovate and reposition the former Hilton Hotel headquarters as a creative office campus for multiple tenants. The firm developed a new landscape design for a 2.5-acre site that includes two, four-story class-A office buildings, a vibrant urban space adjacent to the Beverly Hills downtown district, tranquil private gardens and 18 garden terraces that serve individual offices.

Two central plazas, situated over a subterranean parking structure, feature a series of sinuous site walls that create benches, gathering spaces and raised planters. Undulating topography in the planters allows enough soil depth to plant a bosque of palo verde trees that shade the upper plaza.

Award: Los Angeles Business Journal, Best Office Project, Gold, 2013

Photos: Undine Prohl

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Beckman Coulter Corporate Campus, Brea, Calif.


Pamela Burton & Company regenerated and revitalized the office and research campus of Beckman Coulter, an international biomedical research and clinical diagnostics company. The scope of work included a new master plan focused on sustainability for the 34-acre campus, as well as design and implementation. The project team worked closely with the architects and clients to develop a comprehensive, secure system of pedestrian circulation to unite five campus buildings. Within the 5-acre center of the campus the landscape architects created a central park for the employees with a meandering walk that links new recreational spaces that include a shuffleboard court, bocce court, ping pong tables, putting green and a giant chess board. An outdoor amphitheater with seating for over a hundred people was built for large corporate events. This project achieved a LEED Gold rating and reduced irrigation demands by 60 percent.

Award: ASLA SCC, Merit Award 2010

Photos: Photo: Jack Coyier

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L.A. Dept. of Water & Power


Pamela Burton and Company worked closely with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the L.A. Aqueduct. The design features an 8-foot riveted steel section of the original aqueduct pipe and medallion set in concrete with William Mulholland's words, "There it is. Take it!"

A demonstration garden suggests drought tolerant shrubs to the surrounding neighborhood. A decomposed granite path follows the route of the aqueduct-a concrete curb finished with blue glass signifies the water. Steel mile markers pace off the distance from Mono Lake to Los Angeles and city markers identify the towns that occur along the route.

Award: ASLA SCC, Merit Award 2016

Photos: Photo: Jack Coyier

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As seen in LASN magazine, October 2017, Firms.








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