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AHBE Landscape Architects
Los Angeles

AHBE believes in creating a healthy beautiful environment. The pursuit of the greater good is what drives our firm. We begin each project as an exploration about how the site is ecologically connected to the larger network of natural lands, open spaces and other landscapes.

Seeing landscapes through the lens of infrastructure, we take a holistic approach to solving design problems. Our commitment to sustainable design guides us to ask questions, explore new ideas and think innovatively. Out of this process, beauty and performance emerge from the landscape.

AHBE is an award-winning Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning firm. Collectively, we have extensive experience in the technical development of design aesthetics and constructability that are hallmarks of our work.

AHBE is led by principals Calvin Abe, Linda Daley and Evan Mather. The current staff size is 25 employees. The firm's focus is designing projects that can bring together human and natural systems. AHBE Landscape Architects was founded in 1987 and incorporated in 1989.



Burbank Water and Power Eco Campus, Burbank, Calif.
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In collaboration with Burbank Water and Power, AHBE transformed this facility into a model of sustainability and community, with an unprecedented number of integrated sustainable landscape technologies. These technologies include green spaces, water reclamation and filtration systems, a green street, vegetated green roofs, reclaimed substation and solar power. The most striking feature of the campus is the Centennial Courtyard, located within the footprint of a decommissioned electrical substation that has been repurposed into an outdoor meeting room and giant vine trellis. On adjacent Lake Street, AHBE designed a green street with a new pocket park for public use. In March 2013, this project achieved certification under the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™)--at the time, one of only 15 accredited projects and the only industrial site. The program was created to fill a critical need for measuring the sustainability of built landscapes, based on their planning, design, construction, and maintenance. AHBE is proud to be among the project teams to earn this worldwide recognition.



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Cedars-Sinai Healing Gardens, Los Angeles, Calif.
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AHBE brought its expertise in designing thoughtful, evocative landscapes that allow for contemplation and reflection to this commission by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for a series of new gardens located within the hospital's plaza level courtyard. AHBE redefined the existing space, considered the existing drainage system, structural loads, emergency access, lighting and wayfinding systems to make the restorative landscape environment operate seamlessly. The metaphor for the gardens' design was the layered structure of the human skin - the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis that protect the body from their environment and are the first layer of defense against disease. To minimize structural upgrades and impact upon the existing drainage system, as well as construction interference, AHBE created a vegetated green roof system that was placed on top of the existing structural deck. To further redefine the space architecturally, AHBE created four distinctly unique gardens, the "Garden of Whimsy," "Blue Garden," "Plaza Garden" and "Education Garden." Inside the "Garden of Whimsy," AHBE collaborated with Ball-Nogues Studio to design a sculptural pavilion that responds to surrounding landscape elements by providing seating and shade and encourages a moment of pause or repose.



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Johnny Carson Park, Burbank, Calif.
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AHBE led a team of consultants on a $3.7 million infrastructure upgrade and sustainability-focused improvement project for this 17-acre park that reopened in July 2016. The work focused on the restoration of the Little Tujunga Wash Creek, which flows into the Los Angeles River and traverses the park. AHBE conducted community workshops to solicit residents' feedback on the design. The creek is now a destination with enhanced habitat, recreational access, and water quality system, as well as new walking paths with parcourse equipment and improved accessibility, bridges across the creek, picnic areas, new LED lighting, an expanded children's play area, new outdoor stage, California native plant palette, and reclaimed water irrigation. AHBE served as the landscape architect and, as the prime consultant, led a multi-disciplinary design team to the project's successful completion.



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UCLA Luskin Conference and Guest Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
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AHBE provided full landscape architecture service for this project with design architects Hornberger + Worstell. The project is composed of two major campus programs, the Luskin Conference Center and the Gateway Transit Plaza. The Conference Center's main entry features two courtyards that are shade by twelve specimen olive trees. In addition, a series of landscape courtyards connect the interior spaces for dining, pre-functions, and meeting rooms. The Gateway Transit Plaza replaces the existing bus waiting zone and is a major entry plaza for pedestrians into the campus. The new plaza features brick entry walls and pilasters, decorative brick promenade with seating, a grove of Virginia oak trees, and new bus shelters. The project site connects to the surrounding campus landscape while complimenting the architecture. The landscape adopts California native and Mediterranean plant palette to minimize water usage. This project achieved LEED Platinum certification and was recently recognized by the Los Angeles Business Council with the 2017 Award for Sustainability.



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Stoneview Nature Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
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AHBE collaborated with EYRC Architects to transform a brownfield site into a public garden and community center for healthy living. Stoneview Nature Center is an environmental center and urban sanctuary where people can connect with nature, learn about healthy eating, engage in exercise, and participate in site-specific events. The park is located between the Baldwin Hills Overlook and Kenneth Hahn State Park, and a key node in the "Park to Playa Trail", a planned corridor that will eventually connect state, county, and city parks into a continuous trail from Playa Del Rey to Baldwin Hills. AHBE's landscape design has two main elements: a Mediterranean demonstration garden designed around the building and a native grass meadow surrounded by a loop trail called Pollination Walk. The landscape also serves as public art. In collaboration with the artist group, Fallen Fruit, the landscape includes 7 edible gardens. which focus on the area's agriculture history (e.g., citrus, avocado, figs, berries).



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City of Hope, Duarte, California
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AHBE prepared a landscape master plan for City of Hope that organizes the campus landscape (from its pedestrian paths to the outdoor gathering spaces and parking lots) and creates a pedestrian-oriented campus that supports City of Hope's broader philosophy about healing, research and education. In addition to the master plan, AHBE provided full implementation services for numerous projects on campus including the Kaplan Family Pavilion and Museum, the Argyros Garden and the Amini Donor Garden.



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As seen in LASN magazine, October 2017, Firms.






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