Millions of Angelenos enjoy the public gardens designed by Mia Lehrer, honoree of this year’s Los Angeles Garden Tour and Party, presented by the Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society. If you have been to the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica, walked along the Silver Lake Reservoir pedestrian path, the Vista Hermosa Park on the edge of Downtown, or the LA River (she collaborated on the Revitalization Master Plan) you’ve experienced the special green spaces she has created in the city.
Lehrer is the founding principal of LA based Mia Lehrer + Associates, a full service, international landscape architecture firm. Under her leadership, the firm has led the planning, design and implementation of a diverse range of public and private projects. Varying in scale from large urban parks and redevelopment initiatives that engage community members and stakeholders, to intimate gardens where collaboration and coordination of architecture and site are the primary objective, the firm applies a holistic and intensely creative approach to all projects.
ML+A projects include urban revitalization developments such as San Pedro Waterfront and complex commercial projects like the biotech campus in Thousand Oaks. In recent years, several interesting historic renovation projects have been added to her repertoire; these include Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, the glamorous Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, and Santee Court, an urban housing development that pays tribute to its historical context in L.A.’s fashion district. Most recently Lehrer has created an new front yard for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County featuring 11 teaching gardens and a nature lab on over 2 acres . The project, known as the North Campus and Nature Lab, will open to the public in June 2013.
Born in San Salvador, El Salvador, Mia received her Masters of Landscape Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Following her education, Mia gained valuable experience by working on large-scale public projects such as the World Bank Coastal Zone Project in El Salvador, as well as intimate gardens for residential clients. Today she is internationally recognized for her progressive landscape designs – unique amalgamations of graphic configurations, found objects, architectural pottery, and rich textures – and for her advocacy of environmentally sensitive and people-friendly public space.
Committed to her profession and education, Mia is actively involved in several organizations. She is on the Board of Directors at TreePeople and the Collage Dance Theater. She is a member of the International Federation of Landscape Architects, American Society of Landscape Architects, Hollywood Design Review Committee, and has served on the Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Council.
In addition to being published in international journals, popular magazines, and newspapers, the work of Mia Lehrer + Associates has been included in several important museum and gallery exhibitions. Mia often lectures, traveling as far as Brazil and China to share her insights and philosophy on public landscape design.Los Angeles Garden Tour and Party Sunday, April 22nd – Earth Day! 12p-6p Tour starts at Getty House, the Official Residence of the Mayor of Los Angeles 605 South Irving Boulevard, Los Angeles 90005 Tickets available online – $70 each (including $5 service charge) www.losangelesgardentour.org