ATLAS Lab is a community driven urban design studio focused on enlivening and building healthy communities through landscape architecture and art. 

We primarily work within the public realm, identifying underperforming sites within the built environment to increase ecological productivity, safety, and social interactions in overlooked and underserved communities. Whether a small-scale urban installation or large-scale master plan, ATLAS Lab’s design interventions are guided by a rigorous research process to develop strategies that are historically, culturally and ecologically responsive. While the lab has developed proposals for large urban contexts, it is rooted in the idea that small interventions can make a big impact. ATLAS lab favors the collective approach of community engagement as opposed to a top down strategy. With experience collaborating and managing complex design teams, working on private and public developments, and developing vision plans at the city and pedestrian scale, we bring expertise enhancing the human experience. 

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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

  • Design innovative solutions for urban landscapes, including but not limited to parks, plazas, transportation corridors, waterfronts, and private and public developments
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SOCIAL PRACTICE DESIGN

  • Collaborate with communities and institutions to create participatory design interventions
  • Facilitate dialogue between communities, stakeholders, public and private institutions to develop a unified vision
  • Facilitate Public Outreach Workshops
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VISUALIZATION SUPPORT

  • Develop master plans, design guidelines and exhibits
  • Visualize and translate complex landscape and urban systems
  • Renderings

INSTALLATIONS + PUBLIC ART

  • Develop interactive Installations
  • Activate underperforming and overlooked public spaces within the built environment
  • Employ technology to produce innovative design solutions

We bring vibrant and authentic design solutions for cities through community collaborations that are historically, culturally and ecologically responsive.

Kimberly Garza, director

Kimberly is Co-founder and Director of ATLAS Lab. She brings over 10 years of professional experience working with public and private institutions to her practice. She has received widespread recognition for her work, including juried selection for the 2015 San Francisco Market Street Prototyping Festival, 2012/2013 International Garden Festival in Quebec, Canada and winning proposal for the International Sacramento Capitol Mall design competition. She has received ASLA Northern California Chapter Merit Awards for her installations ‘Peak Experience’ and ‘Portal’ as well as honors for the Flint Flat Lot competition. NextCity.org named her 40 under 40 urban innovator for the 2015 Vanguard Conference. Her work has been published in: Bracket: Soft Systems, Ground Up Journal vol. 1 and vol. 2, Topos Magazine, A View on Harvard Vol. 3, and GSD Platform 2, and design blogs such as Mammoth, Landezine and World Landscape Architecture. In addition to her practice, she teaches advanced landscape architecture courses at the University of California, Davis. 

She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in landscape architecture from University of California, Berkeley. 

Registered Landscape Architect: CA 6175

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Design collaborators include: Andrew tenBrink (co-Founder), Rachel McQueen, Erik Prince, Forbes Lipschitz, and Sarah Thomas Karle.  

Individuals and organizations who have helped realize our vision include: Marq and Rachel Truscott, David Vela, ASLA Sierra Chapter, Miracle Play Group, TAYNR, Village Nursery.