Qualifications
Landscape Architect   Currently licensed in the following states:
Mid-Atlantic: DE, NC, NJ, PA, VA
Midwest: IL, IN, MN, MO, MT, OK
Northeast: CT, MA, NH
South: AL, SC, TN
Southwest and West: AZ, CA, CO, NM, TX, WA
CLARB Certified and LEED Accredited
Certified Arborist   WE-1629, conferred by the International Society of Arboriculture
Teacher   UCLA Extension – Landscape Architecture Department, 2003 & 2004
(“Construction Detailing” and “Drafting for Landscape Architects”)


About the Principal
Lawrance M. Lesser, RLA, LEED AP, ISA Certified Arborist, started his career in southern California. Beginning as a landscape designer for the City of Claremont, his intense passion for designing beyond the ordinary manifested itself partly through creative use of uncommon plant species. His design work reflects an attitude of year-round appeal – flower, foliage, and paving colors, variety in forms and textures, and the use of plant species not commonly found in other designs. His designs for public and private spaces orchestrate and coordinate hardscape elements with landscape features, where vivid colors and bold forms of the plantings are reflected in his designs for structures and paving patterns.

Mr. Lesser became a California Registered Landscape Architect in 1999, five years after becoming an ISA Certified Arborist. Over the course of his career, Mr. Lesser has provided landscape architectural services on many types of projects – commercial, streetscapes, parks, large residential developments, specific plans, single-family residences and estates – in locations across the country. As a licensed landscape contractor, he created his own residential design/build firm, eventually returning to work in landscape architecture firms. His passion for sustainable design led him to become a LEED AP; he has designed and/or provided consulting services for numerous high-profile LEED projects, including Drew School (San Francisco), Tremco HQ (Ohio), the Transamerica Pyramid LEED-EB recertification (San Francisco), and Bank of America branches across Texas. His extensive experience designing complex irrigation systems allows him to offer in-house irrigation design and water-capture/re-use systems.

As an arborist, his consulting work includes large-scale tree inventories for residential developments, evaluations, and construction management/preservation plans, including an evaluation of oak trees at the Greek Theater in southern California. He has had several articles published on tree planting and trends in southern California's urban forest. While with the City of Claremont in the early 1990's, he played an integral role in developing the city's Urban Forest information pakage, and consulted on several high-profile (and controversial) tree issues throughout the city. Most recently, his work includes an analysis of salt-spray damage to newly planted Eucalyptus trees in the La Mesa area of Fort Ord (Monterey, CA), and research into the benefits and mechanics of trees and storm water interception/pollutant uptake.

Member, American Society of Landscape Architects
Member, International Society of Arboriculture