Petra Marar

What do you do at PGAdesign?

Historic preservation, civic sites, and streetscapes seem to be the most common types of projects I work on, which is great.

Where did you go to school?

At Cornell University I studied landscape architecture and city and regional planning. At Sarah Lawrence College, French literature and sculpture. Coastal Louisiana, though, is the most meaningful education and landscape I’ve met. The throughlines are narrative, aesthetics, culture, material, political economy.

What is your favorite landscape space and why?

The easement behind my backyard growing up—a weird overgrown suburban landscape where I learned photography and developed a sense of composition.

What’s your favorite urban spot?

I live in Oakland: every place that is new to me always brings the pleasure of discovery.