Recent News

1020 Figueroa, Rendering
September 2017

Media Spotlight: Hazens Group City Center Project Is Approved

AHBE is collaborating with Gensler and Steinberg Architects on a $700 million Downtown L.A. hotel and residential development by the Shenzhen Hazens Real Estate Group. The project was approved by the L.A. Planning Commission. 


Los Angeles approves massive two-tower City Center development

By: Antonio Pacheco for The Architects Newspaper, September 19, 2017


1020 Figueroa Approved by Planning Commission

By: Steven Sharp for Urbanize.LA, September 15, 2017


Image (left) as shown in articles; courtesy of Shenzhen Hazens Real Estate Group

Alpine Park Rendering
September 2017

Media Spotlight: Alpine Park Moves Toward Construction

AHBE designers developed Alpine Park, a new hillside park at Yale and Ord Streets in Downtown Los Angeles' Chinatown community. The City of Los Angeles revealed that the park property is expected to close escrow by the end of September 2017 and the project will move forward.  


L.A. Chnatown park transforms barren hillside into terraced gardens

By Antonio Pacheco for The Architects Newspaper, September 21, 2017


Renderings Revealed for Chinatown Pocket Park

By Steven Sharp for Urbanize.LA, September 11, 2017


Photos: A Park With An Amphitheater And Gorgeous Views Is Coming To Chinatown 

By Tim Loc in Arts & Entertainment of LAist, September 7, 2017 


Taking a look at Chinatown's future Yale and Ord Street park 

By Bianca Barragan for Curbed Los Angeles, September 6, 2017 


Chinatown Park Project Finally Moving Forward 

By Steven Sharp for Urbanize.LA, September 1, 2017 


Image credit: Rendering (at left) by AHBE Landscape Architects


Landscape Architect and Specifier News
Streetscape Issue
August 2017

Media Spotlight: AHBE Streetscape Design Featured in LASN

AHBE Landscape Architects Revitalizes Southern California Streetscapes

Case Studies: South Park Streetscape in Downtown Los Angeles and Monrovia Station Square Transit Village 

Written by: Landscape Architect & Specifier News (LASN) for its 2017 Streetscape Issue (see pages 52-59)


South Park Streetscape is located in Downtown Los Angeles, along S. Grand Avenue and S. Hope Street, between 11th and 12th Streets.


Monrovia Station Square Transit Village is located at the Metro Gold Line station in the city of Monrovia, California. The project site boundaries are S. Myrtle Avenue, W. Pomona Avenue, and S. Magnolia Avenue.


Photo: Cover of LASN 2017 Streetscape Issue

July 2017
We Are Hiring!

Job Opening: Landscape Architect (#W17-6)

We have immediate openings for mid- to senior-level landscape architects with a portfolio of built work. If you have led multi-disciplinary teams on projects of diverse size and complexity within the urban context, we would like to hear from you. We seek candidates with:

  • Thorough knowledge of landscape architecture, from initial concepts through implementation

  • In-depth knowledge of technical aspects of landscape architecture

  • Strong design skills with ability to inspire creativity in others

  • Construction documentation and specification writing experience

  • Strong organization skills to manage internal project workflows, consultant teams, project budgets/schedules, and contract administration

  • Results-oriented approach to project profitability and client satisfaction

  • Ability to listen and collaborate effectively

  • Effective public speaking, writing, and communication skills

  • Record of success at mentoring other staff in their professional development

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have 8+ years in professional practice; Bachelor's or Master's degree in landscape architecture; California landscape architecture license or progress toward licensure; proficiency in the use of AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, and Adobe CS. Experience in the design of urban environments is preferred. Expertise in specialized areas (e.g., green infrastructure, performative and productive landscapes) and experience with Rhino, Lumion, V-Ray, and ArcGIS are pluses. 


APPLICATION: Submit a cover letter with your resume and sample portfolio of your work. Reference the job posting # in your application. Apply via mail or email to: Donna Thompson, HR Manager, AHBE Landscape Architects, 617 W. 7th Street, Suite 304, Los Angeles, CA 90017, Email: dthompson@ahbe.com. 


June 2017
LABC Excellence in Sustainability And More

UCLA Luskin Center Receives Two Accolades For Sustainability

The UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center has been recognized for its commitment to sustainability. 


At the  47th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards, the UCLA Luskin Center and its design team were honored with the Award of Excellence in Sustainability. The award was presented by the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) at its ceremony, held on June 22, 2017. 


The conference center also achieved LEED Platinum certification - the second LEED Platinum building of its kind in California, to date.


The architectural firm of Hornberger + Worstell led a design team which included AHBE as the project landscape architect.

June 2017 Media

Media Spotlight: Stoneview Nature Center

Enjoy Figs, Grapes, And Lemonade Berries At This 5-Acre Park In Culver City 

By Oren Peleg for LAist June 14, 2017 


Stoneview Nature Center is located at 5050 Stoneview Drive in Culver City, California. 


For press inquiries, please contact Design Agency Co


May 2017
Evan Mather, RLA

Evan Mather To Be Elevated to ASLA Council of Fellows

We are pleased to announce that Principal and Owner, Evan Mather, will be elevated to the Council of Fellows at the ASLA 2017 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles this October. Considered one of the highest honors that the American Society of Landscape Architects bestows on its members, Evan will be recognized for his contributions to the profession. Read more about Evan and the other members of the 2017 Class of the Council of Fellows here

May 20, 2017
Ribbon cutting with Mayor Robert Garcia.

El Dorado Nature Center Gets New Entrance

The new entrance to El Dorado Nature Center and Regional Park is revealed at a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony. A collaboration with the City of Long Beach and the Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, AHBE led a design team on delivering enhancements to the park's arrival experience, improvements to accessibility, and increase in program  functionality. The regional park is rated among the best parks in the Greater Los Angeles area for urban wilderness.

May 2017
ULI Report Includes BWP EcoCampus

Burbank Water & Power EcoCampus, A Case Study In New ULI Report

New Urban Land Institute (ULI) Report, Harvesting the Value of Water, Explores Creative Use of Green Infrastructure In Real Estate Developments to Manage Stormwater, Enhance Property Values

News Provided By: Urban Land Institute (ULI), May 2, 2017


The ULI report looks at how stormwater management practices using green infrastructure systems can increase the value of real estate projects as well as provide water conservation and environmental benefits. The Burbank Water and Power EcoCampus, designed by AHBE for the City of Burbank, is one of the green infrastructure case studies presented in Chapter 5 (pages 24-25) of the publication Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate



April 8, 2017
Mark Ridley-Thomas cuts ribbon at opening.

Stoneview Nature Center Grand Opening

A new Los Angeles County park and nature center opens in Culver City, California. Stoneview Nature Center is our collaboration with Ehrlich Yanai Chaney Architects, Ledcor Group, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas (in photo), the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, Baldwin Hills Conservancy, Fallen Fruit and many more. The Design-Build Team created a center for community health on a site that was once a brownfield. Stoneview Nature Center will serve as a major element along 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.

Grand Opening
October 7, 2016

La Kretz Innovation Campus Opens in DTLA Arts District

The La Kretz Innovation Campus, Los Angeles' new cleantech hub, celebrates its official opening on October 7, 2016, complete with campus tours, live music, and food trucks. Mayor Eric Garcetti and representatives from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will officiate the ribbon cutting ceremony. 


The La Kretz Innovation Campus is an interdisciplinary hub where entrepreneurs, scientists, policymakers and more collaborate to support and develop clean technologies and LA's green economy. The 3.2-acre campus is located in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. JFAK Architects led the design team which transformed a 61,000 sq. ft. former warehouse into new office/meeting spaces. AHBE designed the landscape around the building and site perimeters, which features a bioswale design and drought-tolerant planting. 

October 2016
ASLA/SC Design Awards

AHBE Receives 2016 ASLA/SC Quality of Life Awards

AHBE is among the winners of the 2016 Quality of Life Design Awards. The American Society of Landscape Architects, Southern California Chapter recognized our work on the Johnny Carson Park Revitalization project for the City of Burbank. In addition to providing more and better recreational amenities to the existing 10-acre park, the project is significant for its restoration of the Little Tujunga Wash, a tributary to the Los Angeles River.


July 7, 2016

Burbank's Johnny Carson Park Reopens

Our redesign of Johnny Carson Park is complete. Construction fences are down and the park is now open to the public. The Tujunga Wash Creek, which flows into the LA River, has been restored and many other amenities provided. Good news for our river and community!


Photo credit: Heliphoto 

June 2016

Gary Lai to speak at the 2016 Dwell on Design Conference

Join AHBE’s own Gary Lai at the 2016 Dwell on Design Conference on Saturday, June 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Gary is leading the lecture: USGBC6 - Landscape Water-Wise Design and a Sustainable Water Future in California. 


Gary will lead a discussion about our water issues and the steps we can all take to ensure a sustainable water future. For more information, including tickets and applied credits, visit la.dwellondesign.com

March 5, 2016

Arcadia and Monrovia Gold Line Stations Open

Metro’s Gold Line Foothill Extension opened on March 5, 2016 with six new stations serving five cities and dozens of destinations in the San Gabriel Valley. The $1 billion, 11.5-mile rail line extension now connects passengers to East Pasadena and Azusa and points in between. AHBE provided the landscape design for the stations at Monrovia  and Arcadia. Our design for the City of Monrovia included a neighborhood park, green street on the public right- of-way, an amphitheater with open lawn area, and a pedestrian promenade with a water feature. For the city of Arcadia, we designed a multi-functional public plaza which can accommodate community events, an informal garden area with seating, and a Native California garden.

March 2016

Los Angeles County Approves Magic Johnson Park Master Plan

The six-phased master plan for an existing Willowbrook community park was approved in March 2016 by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. The master plan expands the 104-acre park to 126-acres, providing new amenities such as an amphitheater, event center, reflecting pool, and state-of-the-art sports complex. With a design focused around a re-creation of the historic willow brook that gave the area its name, visitors will experience the transformative power of water and its ability to create community.

Playa Jefferson Campus
December 2015

Media Spotlight: Playa Jefferson Expansion

Playa Jefferson Office Complex Adding New Buildings

By Steven Sharp for Urbanize.LA, Neighborhoods, December 11, 2015


Playa Jefferson is located at 12777 W. Jefferson Boulevard, Los Angeles, California. 


Photo credit: Heliphoto


March 2015

MEET OUR NEW SENIOR ASSOCIATES

We are pleased to announce the promotions of landscape architects, Jim Hellinger and Jennifer Salazar, to Senior Associate. Their contributions and leadership will advance our efforts to improve the balance of city and nature in urban life. 

We also welcome landscape architect Gary Lai to the AHBE family. Gary’s extensive experience and commitment to water-related sustainable design and his strong connections to the local professional sustainability community brings added value to our work for a healthier planet. 


Shown left to right: Jim Hellinger, Jennifer Salazar, Gary Lai.

  

October 23, 2014

AHBE Wins 2014 ASLA/SC Quality of Life Design Award

The American Society of Landscape Architects, Southern California Chapter recognized AHBE's work on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center Master Plan and presented the firm with an Honor Award at the 2014 Quality of Life Design Awards ceremony. The jury panel described the project as "a sophisticated system of integrating wellness and health throughout a medical community development." 

Wendy Chan, Associate
August 2014

AHBE Promotes Wendy Chan

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Wendy Chan to Associate. We proudly recognize her for her many contributions to the firm with regard to design quality and production efficiency. Congratulations, Wendy! 

Opening Reception: June 19, 2014

Small, Medium, Large, Extra-Large Los Angeles

Join A+D Architecture and Design Museum and Evan Mather for this exhibit from June 20 to August 31, 2014. Small, Medium, Large, Extra-Large Los Angeles takes Rem Koolhaas and Bruce Mau's seminal text as a departure point and an organizing principle to examine the production and discourse of architecture and design within today's Los Angeles. The show highlights young practitioners from across disciplines and how they are currently thinking and impacting the city and its future. For tickets, click here

Oct 4, 2013 | 6-11pm

LA Luz Art Show

Organized by Gensler Los Angeles, LA Luz is an art show that explores progressive and conceptual art that inspires the space it inhabits. AHBE’s Evan Mather and Aaron Dang are among the show's featured artists. Join us on October 4, 2013 from 6 pm to 11 pm. at The Well in Downtown Los Angeles. RSVP Here! For more information, visit www.laluzartshow.com. Parking is available at a flat rate lot across the street from the main entrance of The Well. 

In front of Bottega Louie

Park[ing] Day 2013

Location: 700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles CA 90017

Date and Time: 8am-5pm  Friday, September 20, 2013


“GrandVision” is a glimpse into the possibilities of Grand Avenue. By converting selected parking spaces into micro parks, Grand Avenue will be transformed into a pedestrian haven that maximizes human experience while minimizing vehicular traffic. This prototype is meant to be a single segment amongst a series of Grand Avenue Parklets that will each serve as an opportunity to infuse art and culture into Downtown Los Angeles. While some Parklets may emphasize exercise and relaxation, others within this vision will have the capacity to serve as temporary art installations, passive open space, educational demonstration gardens or other possible program. The overall goal is to utilize reclaimed spaces as a means to reinvigorate a community that has been overrun by automobiles. 


“GrandVision” celebrates the role of art and performance this Friday, September 20, 2013. The space will serve as a temporary gallery to display the work of local artists of all ages, while simultaneously acting as a miniature amphitheater where we will be featuring a number of talented musicians. 


Special thanks to Monrovia, Los Angeles School of Global Studies (LASGS), Vitra, Peter Pepper Products, George Gutierrez, and all the musicians, artists and vendors for their contributions and donations. Park[ing] Day 2013 brought to you this year by Perkins + Will, Altoon Partners, Glumac, John A Martin & Associates and AHBE Landscape Architects. 


Original concept by Rebar. www.rebargroup.org

July 26, 2013

Owings Merit Award Winner

The Burbank Water and Power EcoCampus has been recognized by the California Architectural Foundation and the jurors for the 2013 Owings Award for Environmental Excellence. As one of three meritorious projects that celebrate environmental stewardship, the jury noted that the EcoCampus was “a replicable project with strong educational value”, “a poignant juxtaposition between industry and nature”, and “a very real and useable, moderate scale project that contributes to the community and serves as a demonstration project for others”.  The Owings Award for Environmental Excellence honors  Nathaniel Owings, a founding partner of the firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill. Owings believed architecture should contribute to the broader community and the creation of public space in American cities.  AHBE is honored to have worked with Burbank Water and Power and the associated design team, on this exciting, transformative project.

June 26, 2013 at Pitzer College in Claremont, California

Evan Mather Adresses Low Impact Design at Sustainable Landscape Seminar

Evan Mather, a landscape architect and Principal with AHBE Landscape Architects will present the Burbank Water and Power EcoCampus as a case study for sustainable design.  Evan joins other landscape practitioners in a two-part seminar, hosted by the Council for Watershed Health, showcasing green infrastructure projects in the Los Angeles region. The Burbank Water and Power EcoCampus is currently the only industrial facility to be accredited by the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES™) in its worldwide pilot program. Evan will provide an overview of the project's Low Impact Design features and his insights into the accreditation process. 



SITES Certifies Burbank Water and Power's EcoCampus

The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) has announced Burbank Water and Power's EcoCampus project has achieved one-star certification - one of only 15 currently accredited and the only industrial site among over 150 in the worldwide pilot program. SITES™ is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanical Garden (USBG). It was created to fill a critical need for measuring the sustainability of built landscape, based on their planning, design, construction, and maintenance.

Thurs, Feb 14. 4pm between 6th and 7th Streets on Spring Street

Downtown L.A. Parklets!

In collaboration with the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC), AHBE is proud to announce the completion of two new parklets in Downtown Los Angeles. Designed by DLANC Complete Streets Working Group, this project was the work of a collective group of talented designers, volunteers and community members who are advocates of public open space in Downtown Los Angeles. Join DLANC and the community for the public opening of these parklets on Thursday, February 14th, between 4-5pm. Reception at The Falls, 626 S. Spring Street at 5-7pm. 

Sweet Success

While it may seem an unlikely spot for a strawberry garden, Calvin Abe transformed his front yard into a strawberry patch and harvested 4 gallons of berries in the first season. This garden, inspired by a childhood on a farm, is featured in the January 2013 issue of Sunset Magazine, which compels readers to rethink the traditional front lawn.

From left to right, Linda, Kiku, Matilde, Calvin

2012 Southern California ASLA Awards

On Thursday, October 25, 2012, AHBE was recognized at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach.  More than a celebration of good work, this event celebrated art, creativity, and the community of designers and professionals with Landscape Architecture.  Thank you to the AHBE team and the 2012 Quality of Life Awards Committee for Robert F. Kennedy Inspiration Park - Park and Recreation Design, Burbank Water and Power EcoCampus - Commercial Design, Taiwan Urban Park Competition - Concepts, Ideas, and Theories

Westside Urban Forum 2012 Awards

On June 8, 2012, AHBE, Gonzalez Goodale, and IBI Group were in attendance to receive the Public/Open Space Honor Award for Robert F. Kennedy Inspiration Park.  It was an honor to be recognized for this project.  The idea of this public space incorporates Senator Kennedy's legacy. 

 

Additionally, we'd like to congratulate Gensler and the design team for Shore Hotel.  Located on Ocean Avenue in the heart of downtown Santa Monica,  this new hotel also received the Honor Award. 

Rafael Vinoly Architects

Claremont McKenna Kravis Center ENR "Best in California"

Engineering News Record (ENR) named the new Claremont McKenna Kravis Center the 2011 Region’s Best Overall Project and Best Higher Education/Research Project. Led by Rafael Vinoly Architects (RVA), this LEED Silver building creates a prominent western gateway to the expanded campus mall at Claremont McKenna College. Kravis Center’s terraced design considers the low-rise character of the campus and community, unifies circulation through three campus buildings and across multiple levels of interior and exterior spaces, and encloses a courtyard. AHBE is pleased to have been a member of RVA’s team.

Reflections Mini Park Opens!

This new neighborhood park in the City of Carson, California had its grand opening on Saturday Jan 21, 2012. Although the site had fallen victim to illegal dumping, resulting in elevated concentrations of hydrocarbons within the soil, remediation efforts transformed the property into a usable, passive green space for the area’s residents. Referencing Carson's history, topography, and native ecology, the park’s most prominent feature is a rising knoll with a colorful children’s playground at its highest point. Planted with only Southern California native plant species, visitors will experience a Californian landscape not often found in our public parks.

Saturday, January 28, 2012, 10am - 1pm
164 W. Magnolia Blvd. Burbank, CA 91502

Burbank Water and Power's EcoCampus

A Community Fair and Dedication Ceremony to Celebrate California’s First Sustainable Utility Campus 


Special Guests Senator Carol Liu, Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes and representatives of the US Department of Energy. The day’s program will be hosted by Discovery Planet Green’s Planet 100 Host, and green media maven, Sarah Backhouse.


Join us for exhibits, tours, music, food trucks, children’s activities and much more! Burbank residents attending the event will receive a highest-efficiency LED bulb, so bring your Drivers License showing your Burbank address.


Free Parking at Metro Parking Lot on Olive Street. Shuttles will be provided. For more info, please call BWP at 818-238-3730.


Evan Mather, Principal
January 2012

Evan Mather Promoted to Principal

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Evan Mather as Principal of AHBE Landscape Architects. With over twenty years of experience in landscape architecture, Evan has led and managed hundreds of successful projects for AHBE and other firms, particularly in the areas of urban design, utilities, public works, and education.   

 

Evan joins our practice leaders in guiding AHBE, which celebrates its 25th anniversary, into the forefront of landscape architecture. In his new role, Evan will build upon our experience in landscape infrastructure and sustainable community spaces, and advance our involvement in projects that address water quality and conservation, infrastructure and environmental performance.  

 

Evan is a registered landscape architect in California and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He is also an independent filmmaker, known for his short films about design and architectural issues, which include “So What?” an ASLA award-winning documentary about sustainability. Evan holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University.  

 

Evan Mather, RLA, ASLA

emather@AHBE.com

310-838-0448 x21

Ojama Installation
January 2012

Media Spotlight: Ojama Art Installation

Ojama I Los Angeles USA I AHBE Landscape Architects

By: Calvin Abe, public artist and landscape architect

Published in World Landscape Architecture (WLA), January 4, 2012


The Ojama installation is about creating a hindrance or momentary interruption in our daily experience of space. This temporary art installation is an exploration of space, time, materials, and our experience of nature in the urban environment.


Credits: Video and images appearing in article are courtesy of AHBE Landscape Architects.


Monday, October 24, 2011 5:30-7:30pm

CUC Opening

Celebrate the opening of Claremont University Consortium Administrative Campus Center!   This new administrative center allows CUC to consolidate the majority of its departments into a single location. Designed for a LEED Gold rating, the project incorporates sustainable and environmentally sensitive features for the building and its exterior spaces.

 

Monday, October 24, 2011 5:30-7:30pm  

 

Administrative Campus Center 101 South Mills Avenue Claremont, California

 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Park(ing) Day

Park(ing) Day strives to salvage the void used by the car to create a “Park.”  Our exploration envisions the Park as a space that functions beyond its traditional uses: a productive agricultural landscape integrated within the typical park.  Our installation, complete with goats and edible plants, is a playful reminder that urban open spaces can provide access to healthy and affordable food options as well as recreation.

 

Friday, September 16, 2011  

 

In Front of TEAFOREST CAFE 8686 Washington Blvd Culver City, CA 90232