Kimberly Garza joins Crocker Art Museum Board!

Kimberly Garza joins the Crocker Art Museum Board this Fall! Serving a three year term, Kimberly will advise the Board on the development of Crocker Park while supporting its mission and diverse programming. ATLAS is thrilled to contribute to this amazing cultural institution! Through engaging, innovative, and life-changing interactions with art, the Crocker Art Museum provides meaningful opportunities for people of divergent backgrounds to find common ground. Founded as a public/private partnership in 1885, the Crocker features the world’s foremost display of California art and is renowned for its holdings of master drawings and international ceramics, as well as European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art. The Crocker serves as the primary regional resource for the study and appreciation of fine art and offers a diverse spectrum of exhibitions, events, and programs to deepen visitor’s understanding of art, including films, concerts, studio classes, lectures, and an array of activities for families and children.

Our Team is Growing!

We are thrilled to welcome Bryan Woo to the ATLAS team! Bryan is a recent graduate of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design Landscape Architecture program (with Distinction) and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Studies from the University of Hong Kong. Bryan is passionate about creating ecologically and socially performative landscapes. He is currently working on the redevelopment of the Old Sacramento Waterfront, Sacramento Convention Center Public Art, and infill housing projects throughout Sacramento's Central Core.  

ATLAS Lab Shortlisted for NoBo Library Public Art Call

Atlas has been shortlisted for the City of Boulder, NoBo Library Public Art call! Out of 323 applicants, Atlas has been selected to move forward as a finalist! We look forward to developing a concept for the new public library (first and only community space in North Boulder). Photo credit by library architects: WORKac

ATLAS’ Kimberly Garza Keynoting Florida ASLA State Conference

Atlas Principal, Kimberly Garza, will be joining talented women practitioners speaking on the topic of Passion in Practice at the ASLA Florida Chapter  Passion-Practice: The Creative and Strategic Drivers of Four Women- led Businesses

Emily O'Mahoney, FASLA, LEED AP BD+C, Gina Marie Ford, FASLA, Christina Hite, PLA, ASLA, Kimberly Garza, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP Course Description: Google “What motivates female entrepreneurs and leaders?” and you’ll get a bunch of answers that roughly agree - women are often motivated by passion (for the work), purpose (i.e. a sense of doing good) and community (i.e. changing the world). Come hear from four leading landscape architects and business owners about how they have designed their award-winning practices with di erent approaches to (but plenty of) these three ingredients!

Vote for “Sacramento’s Front Porch”!

We need your vote! ✔️ Waterfront Idea Makers voting is now open. What is Waterfront Idea Makers? The City of Sacramento sought design concepts to activate the iconic Old Sacramento Waterfront to enhance the destination through the historic ambiance, visitor experience, interpretive value, and connectivity. Atlas Lab's design concept titled, “Sacramento’s Front Porch” seeks to reposition the Waterfront as Sacramento’s welcome mat by restoring the area between Front Street and the Waterfront into a signature park that honors Sacramento’ history and inspires the future for the local and visiting community. The park would include a splash pad, a live entertainment venue, and closes the gap of the American River Parkway for greater grid accessibility. Voting ends on March 20th.

Kimberly Garza discusses the role of prototyping at UNL – Hyde Lecture Series

For this lecture, Garza explores how tactical urbanism and urban prototyping can be used as a tool to engage communities, create authentic experiences and empower designers to improve the built environment using low-cost, small-scale strategies. Garza enlists designers to no longer wait for traditional design opportunities to occur, but rather, initiate and take quick action to create positive change in the world. Traditional landscape architectural projects often have lengthy timelines and lack meaningful community engagement opportunities, whereas tactical urbanism and urban prototyping have emerged to directly engage communities and influence how public spaces should be used and defined. In this lecture, attendees will learn how to design and engage communities [NOW!] using tactical design methods from pop up parks to public art installations.

Kimberly Garza heads to Midwest to keynote WI ASLA Conference 2019!

ATLAS Lab Principal, Kimberly Garza, heads to the Midwest to keynote WI ASLA Conference. Kimberly will discuss the role of tactical urbanism in her lecture "Design NOW". Traditional landscape architectural projects often carry lengthy timelines and lack meaningful community engagement opportunities. Moreover, landscape practitioners are typically not included during the engagement or construction phase of a project. In response, tactical urbanism and urban prototyping have emerged to directly engage communities and influence how public spaces should be used and defined. Kimberly discusses how to design and engage communities [NOW!] using tactical design methods from pop up parks to public art installations.

ATLAS Lab Team Selected for Sacramento Waterfront Idea Maker Competition

Thrilled to announce that Atlas Lab has been selected to develop innovative and implementation design strategies for the Sacramento Waterfront Idea Maker competition! We are joined by talented colleagues and friends: Agency Landscape+Planning, Dreyfuss+Blackford, HR&A Advisors, Rana Creek Design, Kimely-Horn, Fehr+Peers, and Buehler Engineering.  The City of Sacramento sought firms or teams to boldly re-imagine Old Sacramento and its connection to the waterfront by generating concepts that enhance the district’s historic ambiance, aesthetic appeal, visitor experience.  We will be working over the next two months with design team, City and UC Davis on design strategies. Stay tuned for competition updates! 

Sea level rise article showcases the work of Principal Erik Prince

"Design aesthetics aren’t frills. They’re fundamental to showing us what’s at stake" - San Francisco Chronicle article by John King features the work of Atlas Lab Principal Erik Prince, who led Team Common Ground's proposal for a resilient SR37, San Pablo Baylands and North Bay. We're excited to continue the critical work with TLS Landscape Architecture and more on the next phase, stay tuned!

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