WLAM 2021 | Physical Wellness

April is World Landscape Architecture Month, and CJM::LA is celebrating by highlighting a few recent projects that demonstrate our focus on wellness.  As the second in a three-part post, this week we’re highlighting recent projects that promote physical wellness.

Two projects that demonstrate our focus on PHYSICAL WELLNESS include: the Ocean Meadows residences, a collaboration with DesignARC (currently in the permit process); and the renovation of Cabrillo Ball Park (completed in 2018). Both designs include outdoor recreation amenities for individual and group activities. Upon completion, Ocean Meadows will provide pedestrian and bike trail connections to the North Campus Open Space, a restored and preserved coastal open space for public access and passive recreation. It will also feature natural play areas for children and a shared residential street. Cabrillo Ball Park was an existing public ball field to which CJM::LA, together with the City of Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation Department, added a circuit walking trail with exercise equipment, better lighting and biofiltration plantings to provide a sense of enclosure while maintaining important sight lines for public safety.


WLAM 2021 | Social Wellness

April is World Landscape Architecture Month, and CJM::LA is celebrating by highlighting a few recent projects that demonstrate our focus on wellness.

This year, our team has been getting outdoors and into nature, finding time to meditate and focusing on our individual health and well-being.  This inward focus has inspired us to define “wellness” within the practice of landscape architecture.  Wellness generally refers to the intentional pursuit of optimal health, which can be broken down into different categories: mental wellness, physical wellness, spiritual wellness, social wellness, financial wellness, etc.

At CJM::LA, we believe landscape architecture can enhance our cities and communities through the intentional pursuit of wellness:

Social wellness | We design community spaces for positive social interaction.
Physical wellness | We build safe environments for physical activity.
Ecological wellness | We conserve and restore ecological resources.

 

In a three-part post, we’ll highlight recent projects that promote social, physical and ecological wellness.

Two projects that demonstrate our focus on SOCIAL WELLNESS include: the Louise Lowry Davis Center renovation, a collaboration with Bildsten Architecture and Planning (currently under construction); and the Unity of Santa Barbara courtyard renovation, which was completed in 2020.  Both of these designs include beautiful expanded outdoor courtyards – the perfect locations for both community and private events.


Celebrating 8 Years!

This April we are celebrating an incredible EIGHT years in business!  Though 2020 was a trying year, it also afforded us the opportunity to continue our growth as a team and expand our practice to include projects in Arizona and Hawaii.  We are thrilled to be working with such talented design professionals and clients.  Cheers to many more successful years ahead!


SOMOfunk

MT_Slide_3-4

SOMOfunk

Santa Barbara, CA
In Progress


Project Type

Mixed Use

Client

Somo SB, LLC

Collaborators

Suzanne Elledge Planning & Permitting
RRM | Civil Engineering
Cearnal Collective | Architect

Lead Designers

Courtney Jane Miller
Nicole Horn

perspective renderings by CJM::LA
SF-OTB_06
SF-OTB_01A
SF-OTB_02r
SF-OTB_05
SF-OTB_04
SF-OTB_09
SF-OTB_10

OCEAN MEADOWS

MT_Slide_3-4

OCEAN MEADOWS

Goleta, CA
In Progress


Project Type

Single Family Residential

Client

Ocean Meadows Investors, LLC

Collaborators

Stantec | Civil Engineering
DesignARC Santa Barbara | Architect
AlfaTech | Lighting Design

Lead Designers

Courtney Jane Miller

perspective renderings by DesignARC
OM-OTB_6
OM-OTB_3
OM-OTB_1
OM-OTB_4
OM-OTB_7
OM-OTB_5
OM-OTB_8

CJM::LA is now accepting work in Arizona

We are pleased to announce that Courtney Jane Miller is now licensed in the state of Arizona!

We are now accepting new projects in Sedona, Phoenix and the surrounding areas.


What’s Happening at CJM::LA | January 2021

This month we are focused on how to bring people in closer connection to their natural environment.
Our newsletter features the newly opened Mar Monte Hotel, progress on our Mattei’s Tavern renovation, and our volunteerism efforts in the Santa Barbara community.

Click here to join our mailing list!


MATTEI’S TAVERN

MT_Slide_3-4

MATTEI'S TAVERN

Los Olivos, CA
In Progress


Project Type

Hospitality, Major Historic Renovation

Client

Strange Family Vineyards
Auberge Resorts

Collaborators

RRM Design Group | Civil Engineering
DMHA Architecture | Architect
Avroko | Interior Design
Ann Kale Associates | Lighting Design
True Nature | Irrigation Design

Lead Designers

Courtney Jane Miller
Nicole Horn

perspective renderings by Ryan Mills | DMHA
MT_OTB_16
MT_OTB_03
MT_OTB_11
MT_OTB_04
MT_OTB_05
MT_OTB_06
MT_OTB_10
MT_OTB_09
MT_OTB_12
MT_OTB_15
MT_OTB_02
MT_OTB_17

New Product Offered | Landscape Maintenance Reference Guide

At CJM::LA, we value the long term success of our clients’ properties and the outdoor spaces we design.  With proper care and knowledge of best practices, gardeners and maintenance teams can help protect the investments our clients make in their outdoor environments.  This long-term approach will not only help maintain the market value, but also the aesthetic and cultural value of our clients’ designed landscapes.

In order to ensure our clients’ maintenance teams have the guidance necessary to properly cultivate these outdoor spaces, we are now offering Landscape Maintenance Reference Guides as a product available to both commercial and residential clients.  Serving as an educational tool to direct and facilitate the ongoing maintenance of our designed landscapes, these guides are tailored to each specific project or property and include a description of the landscape design objectives and maintenance goals; identification of relevant project requirements; and guidelines for plant and hardscape material replacements, weed and pest management, pruning, soils testing and fertilization, irrigation scheduling and system repair, water features, etc.

We are constantly exploring ways to better service our clients’ needs and are excited to offer this new tool to help maintain the integrity of our work and protect the value of our clients’ properties!

Landscape Maintenance Reference Guide, Unity of Santa Barbara

Landscape Maintenance Reference Guide, Unity of Santa Barbara


CJM::LA + AIASB Design Charrette 2020

At CJM::LA we seek out opportunities to create positive change in our community. The 2020 Design Charrette organized by the Santa Barbara Chapter of the American Institute of Architects aimed to Reinvigorate, Reinvent, Reimagine, and Repurpose our downtown with housing, energy, and life.  Both Courtney and Mariella from our office joined the charrette to work with local architects, planners, designers, students, citizens and professionals to develop a new vision for the design of our downtown core to lead us into the next 100 years.

Courtney collaborated with team B whose focus was on the downtown open spaces including the state street promenade, parks and plazas. Here are highlights of team B’s presentation of a new shared pedestrian promenade integrating stadium seating, stormwater, outdoor dining and public art.

Courtney’s words chosen to inspire a lively promenade and community

Courtney’s plan and elevation of what a complete street in Santa Barbara could look like

Mariella collaborated with team 6A whose area of focus were the blocks between Figueroa, Carrillo, Anacapa and Chapala streets; encompassing the transit center, local eateries, banks and other essential infrastructure to our downtown core. Here are some of their design ideas that revitalize the transit center; integrating bus, bicycle and ride share, adding housing, retail spaces and open space to form a highly functioning and invigorating entrance to downtown Santa Barbara.

in person collaborative sketching with Dee Carawan and Tai Yeh 

a quick sketch of Mariella’s used in the virtual design collaboration process

Dee Carawan’s final drawing of the transit center block

Thank you to all of our team members and to everyone who helped participate and organize this historical collaborative effort. You can watch the full recording of the design team presentations here.  The AIASB