Jimmy has completed a wide range of public and private work that spans urban spaces, academic/healthcare campuses, institutional and retail/hospitality venues, and mixed use housing. He has developed master plans and design guidelines, and has worked on parks of various scales: from waterfront parks and National parks, to local neighborhood parks. A design leader with technical know-how, he has led, collaborated, and coordinated many complex projects with multiple stakeholders, design consultants, and contractors. His passion is rooted in the meaningful benefits of transforming our public spaces. In addition to leading his own projects, Jimmy also manages the firm's Operations.
Nathan brings a focus on the integration of ecology and infrastructure with the design of landscapes. Nathan is particularly interested in creating people-friendly spaces that evoke the site’s history and reveal ecology and natural process. He believes in a collaborative approach, seeking creative solutions that realize the opportunities and needs of the site, client, and community.
Doug brings leadership experience in parks, urban design, and historic landscapes. His vision and creativity have resulted in significant projects in Yosemite National Park, the Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, and other iconic and sensitive places. He brings particular expertise in historic landscapes, national park projects, and projects involving extensive community involvement. He develops a collaborative relationship with clients that results in responsive designs. His passions include art, history, and landscapes, which he regularly integrates into his work.
Jacob's sensitivity to client needs, user experience, and sustainable solutions equals his passion for contemporary site design and place making. Jacob has focused his education and career on understanding and exploring our relationship with natural and built environments; and his background in design, engineering and construction has given him a strong foundation for working with clients, communities and multi-disciplinary teams to facilitate processes within which design can take place.
At RHAA, Jacob has worked on a diverse range of public & private projects; from master planning and conceptual visioning to a wide variety of constructed projects. His work has included urban plazas, streetscapes, and civic spaces; park and recreation projects; health care facilities and corporate campuses; schools and educational campuses; multi-use developments, commercial retail spaces, and residential design.
Megan is a landscape architect with extensive international and domestic experience. She has managed a range of projects in the fields of urban planning, public parks, waterfront design, high-density housing, urban forestry, trails, cemeteries, public utilities, and community development. She brings awareness and spirited creativity to projects striving to deliver positive results. Her design approach is to listen to the land and people, then incorporate the unique aspects of each site. Megan has a passion for hiking, nature observation, and mountain biking. She enjoys teaching people to care for the places they cherish for outdoor recreation and to protect the natural environment.
Janet has provided RHAA project accounting and financial support since 1998. Her prior experience includes project accounting and software implementation in both the technical and manufacturing fields. Living and working local allows Janet to bike commute and to help reduce her carbon footprint. Her passion for mountain biking includes both exploring the trails and volunteering to help maintain them.
John brings a background in Integrative Biology to Landscape Architecture and an interest in urban and cultural landscapes that connect communities to their surroundings. He believes enduring and memorable public spaces emerge from the creative melding of a site’s ecology, its history, and the functional needs of the individuals using it. He has a particular interest in the experiential qualities thoughtful planting design can elicit. In his free time, John can be found hiking through and photographing California’s diverse native plant communities or taking road trips to mid-century destinations.
Born and raised in Japan, Masahiro started his career at a well-respected Landscape Architecture firm in Tokyo. Prior to his career in the US, he earned a perspective of the modern minimalist aesthetic understanding the interface between Architecture and Landscape Architecture through his work and education.
Since joining RHAA in 2006, he has designed a wide variety of projects with a strong sense of constructability. He fulfills a role of designer as a graphical translator to interpret and transform spaces into profound landscapes for people.
He enjoys traveling and finds inspirations by being in places in different scales ― a hidden zen garden ‘Entsu-ji’ in Kyoto, a mile long energetic street ‘La Rambla’ in Barcelona, or a dynamic valley landscape ‘Lake Lungern’ in Switzerland.
Obsessed with maps from a young age, Robin first discovered her love of design while studying abroad. Robin’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in sociology and a dual masters degree in landscape architecture and city and regional planning. Her experience in urban planning, community engagement, site design, urban design, and place making provides strong foundation for her design work. Her passion for her work stems from the intersection of people, nature, and space and the desire to create meaningful spaces. She likes her tea unsweetened, swimming in the ocean, and personally testing out playground equipment for quality control.
Marketer and storyteller, Tina has a broad background in marketing, business development, communications and journalism. Tina believes in creating compelling stories that share the achievements of the firm and its people. She holds a Masters of Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, and has also worked as an editor and reporter for various regional newspapers. Tina entered into the A/E/C industry in 2011 and since then has been focused on the support of marketing and business development efforts.
Tina is actively involved in the Society for Marketing Professional Services and serves on the Communications Committee as a writer for their quarterly newsletter, The Shortlist. When she is not marketing, Tina can be found volunteering at local farmers markets and food organizations.
Chelsea joins RHAA after having received her BLA at the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. While attending ESF, she completed her Honors Thesis on historic methods of Dutch water management and the impact of rising sea level throughout Holland. She received an ASLA Honor award in the General design category for her work on DUNESCAPE, a redesign of Buffalo, New York’s Inner Harbor. From these projects she carries a strong belief that engineering and design must work systematically to create spaces that respond to the physical need of a site, its culture, and its environment. Within the office, Chelsea was part of the winning team for the San Mateo waste water treatment plant: SalvEDGE, and has worked on a diverse range of projects including playgrounds, parks, residential design, and cemeteries. Outside of the office, Chelsea can be found hiking, biking, or woodworking.
Nels comes from an accounting background with a love of technology and computers. He handles all technological and computing issues for the office as well as supporting the accounting operations of the business by processing merchandise invoices, making payments and resolving queries. In his free time, he enjoys working on his vehicles and spending time with his family.
Kathy graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Dietetics and Nutrition, and practiced as a Registered Dietitian for many years. It was time for a change, and after working with a career coach, she decided to go back to school and earned two degrees: one in environmental landscaping, and the other in Landscape Architecture. She is passionate about environmental issues, having been born and raised in California where protection of the environment is a relatively new concept. She is also passionate about developing alternative energy sources, nuclear energy and its waste and what to do about it, and the lack of water in California and the burden of an ever-increasing population.
Nathanael believes that each project he designs adds another layer to an already transpiring story. The landscape is complex and nuanced; each place has a unique social and environmental history. To understand this story Nathanael finds inspiration by spending time on the site, in depth site analysis, and dialogue with the community. Projects he has worked on include public parks, community master plans, school grounds, and urban plazas. In his spare time Nathanael continues to explore the landscape where he lives by hiking, plein air painting, and taking long walks until he is lost, then finding his way back.
Nicole Hill joins the RHAA team after receiving her BLA from The Pennsylvania State University. She had the opportunity to study landscape architecture and urban design in Sydney, Australia and Barcelona, Spain, which has heavily influenced her as a designer. Her passion for landscape architecture stems from her love of the natural world and she believes all projects should aim to achieve sustainability in their design.
Lauren is an urban designer interested in the relationship between landscape design, city planning, and community building. Her passion for design combines a vibrant architectural aesthetic with an interest in creating strong contextual relationships, to create unique and locally relevant spaces. At RHAA, Lauren has managed several Park and Recreation Master Plans for cities in the Bay Area, and previously worked as a Student Recreational Planner for the National Park Service. She holds a dual master in City Planning and Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, where she researched design through community engagement. Outside of the office, Lauren teaches dance at the studio she grew up in: Jazz N Taps rocks!
Aimee joins RHAA with experience working on mixed-use, commercial and urban agriculture projects. She is interested in community based design projects encompassing smart growth principles. Her thesis project at the University of Oregon focused on the financial feasibility of day-lighting a creek in a mixed-use development.
Born and raised in Taiwan, Maggie’s passion for design and plants has landed her as a software engineer, a florist, to a landscape designer. She loves hand drawings and is very interested in exploring how media integration could create a successful and innovative way to narrate design concepts to clients. She joins RHAA after receiving her MLA at the UC Berkeley. Her design interests include a wide variety of project types, especially children’s playground and horticultural therapy garden design.
Kendra’s interest in the outdoors developed from hiking and camping along the unique coastlines and amongst the dense native forest of her home country of New Zealand. This led her to pursue her Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; graduating in 2014. Kendra experienced working on urban parks, streets, and commercial projects in Wellington before moving to San Francisco in 2015 where she worked in high-end residential design. Through her work she has developed a passion for uncovering unique aspects of a sites identity through engagement with history, culture, community and the environment.
As a designer, Ian seeks to develop new design strategies that achieve a sustainable form of urbanism in a time of climate change. Ian believes in environments that operate in a multi-scalar fashion. He has worked on urban and regional parks, school campuses and community development projects. Ian hold a M.S. in Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley and continues to support his alma mater as an assistant researcher and instructor with the College of Environmental Design. In his free time, Ian enjoys outdoor activities that include rock climbing, running, swimming and riding motorcycles around on backroads.
Kossen Miller is a landscape designer with focused interest in complex cultural landscapes and the evolution of coastal places. He holds a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from LSU’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture; and a BA in Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond. A lifelong passion for the ocean and surfing has led to international travel and work experiences that now serve to define and enrich his design endeavors.
Meghan Storm is a well-rounded designer with a background in historic preservation, architecture, and landscape architecture. She has worked on a variety of landscape architecture projects including large urban parks and university campus plans. As a landscape and architectural designer, Meghan looks to find ‘the heart’ or potential of a project, always with the ambition that the built form should positively interact with its historical and cultural context, resulting in unique design solutions.
Parabar comes to RHAA with a diverse background in Financial Management. He was previously a Systems Manager at Vali Cooper and Associates, a Financial Manager at Stantec, and served as Controller for RHL Design Group, Inc. for nearly 20 years. In addition to RHAA, Parabar does private consulting for Bay Area law, software and other firms, and is also an accomplished musician, having recorded and toured the USA, Canada and Europe with a number of well-known reggae, jazz, rock, Latin and funk artists. He continues to record and perform throughout the Bay Area on a part-time basis.
Lindsey's project experience is based primarily on local public projects, ranging from large recreational parks, neighborhood parks, and coastal trails. She offers her strong construction document and project coordination experience to the team. Academically trained in the Pacific Northwest, her studies focused on urban ecological design, community building, therapeutic landscapes, design-build, and visual arts. As a way to continue building upon her interest in community-based work, she recently begun volunteering for a local non-profit that provides design services for local marginalized communities.
Xinni received her BLA and MLA from Beijing Forestry University and a Master of Urban Design from UC Berkeley. Her interest in landscape design focuses on public space including education, cultural and historic places. Her previous project experience focuses on urban parks and waterfronts. Xinni believes every landscape design should consider a person’s basic physical function with respect to the local context. Outside of the office Xinni has a passion for ballet, symphony orchestra and opera. She also enjoys cycling, hiking and travelling to explore cultures and landscape.