Hear two of California's foremost landscape architects talk about their approaches to designing gardens for historically sensitive homes. Monterey-based Bernard Trainor is known for an approach informed by architecture, climate, conservation, and local culture. Trainor says in his recently published monograph Landprints: The Landscape Designs of Bernard Trainor, "My designs respond to complexity onsite and...harmonize with the bigger picture." He'll chat about a recently completed Eichler in Sunnyvale, California; an ongoing project in Carmel's Santa Lucia Preserve featured in the April 2013 issue of Dwell; and more. Ive Haugeland, principal of Sausalito's Shades of Green Landscape Architecture, is known for taking a sustainability-minded tack. She'll detail a mid-century modern renovation in Hillsborough, CA, a small-space garden in San Francisco, and more.
Bernard Trainor, Principal, Bernard Trainor + Associates
Diana Budds, Associate Editor, Dwell Media, LLC
A Bay Area native, Diana studied art history and environmental policy at UC Davis, and credits her love of art, architecture, and design to many childhood visits to museums. Before coming to Dwell, Diana worked in the Architecture and Design departments at MoMA and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She counts finishing a 5K as one of her greatest accomplishments, and gets excited about any travel involving trains.
Ive grew up in Norway, and graduated in 1995 from the Agricultural University of Norway with a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture. She began her career in Norway at an award winning landscape design firm where she worked as a project manager and lead designer on a public and commercial projects. Ive moved to California in 2000, and after working for a local landscape architecture firm as a designer and project manager, she got her LA license and started Shades of Green Landscape Architecture in 2004.
Ive brought her Norwegian style with her to the states and illustrates this modern simplicity in her creative designs. Inspirations are mainly nature, fashion, Scandinavian design. Shades of Green is now a seven-person firm committed to landscape design and promoting sustainable landscape practices. Our work consists of residential, hospitality, commercial and temporary installation work.
Bernard arrived in Northern California in 1995 and soon after fell in love with this land.
Originally he was raised on the Mornington Peninsula along Australia's rugged South Eastern Coast below Melbourne. Here he developed a lasting awareness and appreciation of the native landscape that led to horticulture and design studies. Following his apprenticeship he was awarded a scholarship that allowed him to move to England and study under the famed plantswoman and garden designer, Beth Chatto. Her regionally appropriate planting design further developed Bernard's design philosophy and the direction of the designed landscapes that followed. Her influence was significant. In the years that followed Bernard then completed a Diploma of Landscape Design while studying at the at Chelsea Physic Garden.
Drawing on thirty years of passionate commitment to the study + practice of landscape design, Bernard is the founding principal and design director of Bernard Trainor + Associates.
He is involved with his collaborative studio team on every landscape project, from conception to completion. The studio's award winning projects, range from town-scaled gardens to extensive rural properties, have been featured in a wide range of books and publications throughout the world including the New York Times, Vogue Living, Garden Design, and more recently a monograph solely devoted to the firms work has been published by Princeton Architectural Press.
In practice the geographical diversity of his educational and work experiences cultivated a deep appreciation for California’s unique regional qualities and culture. “Whilst traveling I soon discovered my favorite art, architecture and landscapes are deeply connected to the place from which they have ‘grown.’”
This simple observation and a keen awareness of the regional context informs every design project.