Charla Kaul

What do you do at PGAdesign?

I work as an associate and project manager on the whole array of projects we do here at PGAdesign. I work with each principal to bring a project through all phases of design, and facilitate coordination and correspondence with the project team.

Where did you go to school?

I earned a BLA from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a minor in Sustainable Environments. I am currently working through the LARE sections to obtain my license as a Landscape Architect.

What is your favorite landscape space and why?

It would be a tie for me. One is certainly the giant redwood forests of the West Coast. Among them, I can find true meditation, peace, and comfort. I feel at home and like I truly belong when I spend time with the forest. On the other end of the spectrum, I would also have to include Disneyland during Dapper Day with my family. It combines most of my favorite things: Disney, dressing up, family, rides, and nostalgia.

What do you enjoy most about landscape architecture?

On a macro level, I have a lot of pride in the responsibility our profession has in the environment, and how people view and experience that environment. On a more micro level, I really enjoy planting design. As Robin Wall Kimmerer says in Braiding Sweetgrass: “Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate. But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond.”

What do you enjoy doing outside the office?

I enjoy a balance of being active and relaxing or parking it on the couch. I love to get in my activities through yoga, roller skating (trail skating and jam skating), hiking, backpacking, camping, and just generally running around with friends and family. When I am not feeling very active, I love to paint, shop online, and watch movies and shows on my way-too-many streaming apps.