Welcome to Lori Cagwin Landscape Architecture

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COMPANY:

Lori Cagwin Landscape Architecture has been providing landscape architectural services to clients throughout the Bay Area for over 26 years.

Lori, the company founder, brings artistic vision and 35 years of experience to wide ranging projects, including parks, housing developments, inns and spas, estates, wineries, commercial, residential and municipal properties. Tasks include site assessment, preliminary schematics, budget analysis, final master plans, working drawings, bid administration through project coordination and final acceptance with maintenance guidelines.

Being a California native and growing up in a landscape contracting family, Lori has experienced the full spectrum of project startup through completion, and realized early on the importance of teamwork. A successful project is the result of a thoughtful and creative blending of client needs and site constraints. A successful project is the achievement of many, made possible not only by the landscape architect’s vision, but also by the client, design team and contractors. The process of site assessment, preliminary schematics, budget analysis, final master plans, working drawings, bid administration through project coordination and final acceptance with maintenance guidelines is necessary to achieve a truly successful project.

While attending UC Berkeley in the late 70’s with a major in Landscape Architecture, Lori took a year abroad to study Impressionist landscape painting in Aix-en-Provence, France, where she was exposed to art and nature daily. From pastoral softscapes through the axial symmetry of Versailles, she was able to see and experience the results of man’s hand in the natural world, and to realize that she could make a difference.

Lori Cagwin Landscape Architecture has been a member of the North Coast Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, The Napa County Chapter of California Native Plant Society, The Sustainability Forum of ‘Future Visioning of Urban Landscapes, the Bay-Friendly Landscaping and Gardening Coalition, and Napa County Green Building Council.

This company is fully licensed and insured.

BELIEF:

We strive to achieve a harmony between built and natural forms… a softening of hard edges and a strengthening of the entire site composition. We are sensitive to the unique qualities of each site and to each client’s needs. Through the design process, we are able to provide the means to create and build a successful landscape project.

We believe that, as Landscape Architects, we must understand our place in the natural world and how responsible we are for developing and maintaining harmony and balance in our world. The opportunity to experience the natural landscape through a garden or outdoor space helps us to understand our place in the world and to protect and respect it through the landscapes we create.