About the firm
Withers & Sandgren is a professional consulting firm offering services in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Environmental and Park Master Planning. The principals, Lacey Withers and Jan Sandgren, have assembled a team of highly talented people with a diversity of experience, and a shared vision of applying natural processes and sustainable systems into projects of all scales.
We firmly believe we can improve, protect, enrich, and enhance our community through inspired planning and design. Our own desire to create exceptional and memorable spaces results in a design process, which goes beyond basic problem solving to address the inherent environmental dynamics and aesthetic potential of a site.
The firm's collective years of experience in landscape architecture directly relate to environmental issues and the redefinition of urban environmental practices. With such limited space to serve so many, maximizing the potential of each site is critical. Within this crowded context it is essential to provide a diversity of experience from active recreation to more serene alternatives that allow and encourage human contact with nature.
Our recent guideline planning documents, produced for both drought-tolerant and sustainable landscapes have set standards that many agencies are currently following. Water management, fire safety, urban environmental practices, erosion control and tree preservation are woven into the majority of these projects. The firm also has practical experience in site restoration, ADA retrofitting and signage design. Projects have encompassed large-scale city and county parks, public agency consultation, industrial, commercial and institutional work.
Our approach takes into consideration our client’s needs, financial constraints and environmental considerations while focusing on sustainable solutions that are both aesthetic and sensitive to the user group. We have gained a reputation for being exceptionally responsive to clients and for managing projects efficiently. For this reason Withers & Sandgren has chosen to maintain a small but effective corporate structure.
Current Public Clients
Rancho Palos Verdes
County of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust
Los Angeles Unified School District
San Gabriel & Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy
Watershed Conservation Authority