Founder + Owner
Amie MacPhee leads the strategic and creative teams at Cultivate. Inspired by the California oak woodland landscape of her childhood, Amie has made a career designing, advocating for, and creating environments where people and nature can thrive. For Amie, landscape architecture is the melding of art, design, nature and stewardship to lay the groundwork for lasting vibrant and healthy environments. She thinks of herself, foremost, as a steward of the natural world, and approaches all design efforts as an integrated system of the region’s legacy, culture and nature.
Amie’s strength is in helping clients and communities translate their vision into innovative designs and strategic implementation approaches. She cares deeply about changing the “business as usual” approaches to designing our environments and is passionate about crafting solutions that cultivate places of lasting value. This includes leading creative teams, communities, and stakeholders through the process of thinking through a fully thought-out vision to realize shared project and community goals. (more below)
Amie always speaks her truth. She is one of the most authentic people I know and that is reflected in innovative and authentic designs.
- Amy Levi, Founder, Strada Advertising, CO
Cultivate is a small studio with big firm experience that is responsive, nimble and creative to bring about Innovative design and Sustainable planning solutions.
We also help to assemble consultant teams that provide the expertise needed to meet project goals. We are collaborators, communicators and relationship builders so that a shared vision and solution is crafted for each of our projects.
We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires that we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it. - Wendell Berry
Founder and owner
Amie’s training in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design at UC Berkeley gives her a broad background in conservation, community planning and landscape architecture. Coupled with her 30-year history as a Principal at Hart Howerton, an international planning and architecture firm best known for large-scale conservation- based development, she brings a rich history of experience, knowledge and thoughtfulness to all design and planning endeavors. She founded Cultivate in 2011 to bring together her interests in reinventing the way we improve land to deliver beautiful, resilient places around a successful economic model.
Lead Graphic Designer
Candice translates design ideas into unique presentations and visual materials that communicate the subtleties of a project’s character, vision and principles. She leads all graphic and visual materials design so that Cultivate has the tools to communicate ideas effectively. She is a truly inventive and masterful designer and brings a fresh point of view to each of Cultivate’s projects. Prior to joining Cultivate, she worked in Hart Howerton’s graphics department for over 10 years, as one of their lead designers. When Candice is not working on Cultivate projects she is a music and movie enthusiast, novice chef, ambling city explorer and lover of all things comedy.
Zina provides bookkeeping expertise at Cultivate. She helps keep our numbers in order while we focus on keeping our studio productive, creative and innovative. Zina enjoys cooking for her family and friends. She loves the outdoors and being able to take in all the serenity that surrounds her.
Grace provides all around studio support from human resources to business strategy and systems organization. She fulfills the role of our studio’s comptroller as well as assistance in keeping us organized. When Grace takes a break from her work at Cultivate, you can find her playing with her two daughters, hiking to waterfalls, or out to eat something tasty.
In addition to our core team we partner with professionals to bring the benefit of a wide range of expertise to our clients:
Sandra Kulli // Kulli Marketing
Sandra combines her talents of a deep knowledge of the real estate development industry, branding and storytelling to focus on how we should be building in the 21st century to create long lasting, vibrant communities. sandrakulli.com
Marianna Leuschel // New Agency
Marianna's strength is in helping clients translate and communicate a project vision into strategic and creative solutions.
SUzi Brenner, PLA // Brenner Design Group Landscape Architecture (BDG*LA)
Suzi has been practicing landscape architectural design for 20 years, and brings a varied and deep knowledge of site and planting design to all her creative efforts.
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Cultivate was founded to help change the way people think about improving and managing land. We are a California State Certified Small Business (SB) as well as a Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE).