PGAdesign was founded in 1979. We are a woman-owned Small Business Enterprise.
Chris Pattillo founds PGAdesign, calling it Chris Pattillo Landscape Architects. It is one of few woman-owned practices.
Chris Pattillo joins the Urban Design Committee of the Oakland Citizen’s Committee for Urban Renewal. This committee evolves into Oakland Design Advocates, and Chris becomes chair for 12 years. During that time, she sees all projects passing through the City of Oakland Department of Planning.
Chris Pattillo serves on Oakland’s Landmarks Board.
Chris Pattillo hires Cathy Garrett, allowing the firm to grow. With interest and experience working in cultural and historic landscapes, Cathy helps take on projects in that domain and establish the firm’s expertise.
Cathy Garrett is made partner, and the firm becomes Pattillo and Garrett Associates. Pattillo and Garrett Associates continues to grow, expanding the clientele and becoming well known as the Oakland-based landscape architecture firm. The firm’s range and diversity of clients and projects—from housing to transportation to parks to historic preservation—is key to their growth.
PGAdesign moves to downtown Oakland!
In collaboration with Mario Schjetnan, PGAdesign designs Union Point Park.
Pattillo and Garrett Associates incorporates to form PGAdesign. Principal Chris Kent joins the management and ownership of the firm.
Chris Pattillo and Cathy Garrett found the ASLA Northern California Chapter of the Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS) with Betsy Flack.
Karen Krolewski is promoted to Senior Associate after one year with PGAdesign.
PGAdesign designs the Richmond Intermodal Transit Plaza at the heart of Richmond’s BART station.
PGAdesign in action!
Chris Kent serves as Trustee of the ASLA Northern California Chapter for six years.
PGAdesign participates in the annual Parking Day.
PGAdesign completes Alviso Adobe Park, a site embodying multiple periods of California’s history, and wins an ASLA award for the project.
Cathy Garrett serves as president of the California Preservation Foundation.
PGAdesign completes streetscape and masterplanning work on the Uptown Oakland Apartments, part of Mayor Jerry Brown’s push for an additional 10,000 residents in downtown Oakland.
PGAdesign completes Tassafaronga Village, achieving California’s first LEED-ND Gold Plan. It is the first project in the East Bay to install stormwater treatment measures for public streets.
Chris Pattillo is inducted as a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (pictured here with Paul Dolinsky, ASLA).
Karen Krolewski becomes a partner.
A day at the office.
PGAdesign completes work on the Ohlone Greenway Reconstruction, a complex BART seismic renovation involving seven miles of landscape through Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, and Richmond.
PGAdesign at work in the dirt!
Chris Kent serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design for several years.
Chris Kent serves on the City of Albany Planning Commission for two years.
Chris Kent serves on the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Karen Krolewski joins the ReScape CA (Bay Friendly) board, leading many of their design efforts.
Doyle Drive HALS Documentation wins a California Preservation Foundation Award.
In San Jose, the first phase of the Rotary PlayGarden opens, establishing the first all-inclusive playground in the South Bay.
Lakeside Senior Housing is completed with LEED Platinum status, establishing sustainable and affordable homes with stunning Lake Merritt views.
Karen Krolewski introduces Revit and BIM360 to the office, starting with the East County Hall of Justice and Willows Courthouse.
Cathy Garrett serves as Consulting Campus Landscape Architect at UC Berkeley for two years.
Breaking ground at Brooklyn Basin, a landmark affordable housing project along the Oakland waterfront.
PGAdesign completes the MacArthur Transit Village Master Plan, a mixed-use, transit-oriented development adjacent to the MacArthur BART station.
PGAdesign celebrates 40 years!
PGAdesign checks in on their work at 1640 Broadway in downtown Oakland.
PGAdesign’s work at the historic Alma College site wins a California Preservation Award.
PGAdesign continues to prioritize staying at the cutting edge of the landscape architecture field. Having been early adopters of both AutoCAD and Revit, PGAdesign remains ahead of the curve with other industry innovations and technologies, including many sustainable practices. This drive remains integral to PGAdesign’s zeitgeist and practice today.