Amie MacPhee, Founder
Amie leads the strategic and creative teams at Cultivate. Amie’s strength is in helping clients and communities translate their vision into innovative designs and implementation approaches. She cares deeply about changing the “business as usual” approaches to designing and improving our environments and is passionate about crafting solutions that cultivate places of lasting value. This includes helping to guide creative teams, communities, and stakeholders through the process of crafting a fully thought-out vision to realize project and neighborhood goals. (more below)
We are a small studio with big firm experience,
that is responsive, nimble and creative to bring
about customized design and planning solutions.
We also help to assemble consultant teams that provide the expertise needed to meet
project goals. We are serial collaborators, communicators and relationship builders so
that a common vision and solution is crafted for each of our projects.
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 design. 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 project 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. Outside of work, Amie is busy finding great hiking spots, playing with her camera, sipping a warm cup of coffee and chilling with family and friends. If she could have a conversation with her heroes, Maira Kalman, Abraham Lincoln and Randall Arendt, she would.
" Amie is highly collaborative across many disciplines early in the process which helps shape a vision that goes beyond the typical solution. This helps make sure that the plan is differentiated and based in deep market insights.
- Amy Levi, Founder, Strada Advertising, CO
Owner and Lead Designer
Carrie provides landscape design and land planning expertise at Cultivate. She is a licensed Landscape Architect and has more than 15 years of experience in the core areas of landscape architecture, environmental studies and land planning. Carrie is a truly passionate designer and is an expert at organizing ideas into clear, simple and sustainable design solutions. When she is not working on Cultivate projects she is busy hiking the trails of the Bay Area or tooling around in her own emerging garden.
Senior landscape designer
Sarah provides landscape design and plant expertise at Cultivate. She has more than 15 years of experience in the core area of landscape architecture and is our resident “plant geek". She is passionate about plants and how they complement an overall landscape design to create a sustainable, timeless, setting. Prior to joining Cultivate, she worked as a Project Manager at Keller Mitchell where she spent time in the field as well as spearheading project design, detail design and construction administration. As a Bay Area native Sarah takes full advantage of her surroundings from hiking every stairway in San Francisco, to biking around the city, to camping/skiing adventures in the Sierras. She also enjoys traveling and practicing yoga.
P. Brendan Kelly III, AIA
Brendan is a senior design and development executive with 20+ years experience in leading and managing complex teams and clients. His background includes a unique balance of hospitality, fitness, residential and institutional science/health projects and a track record of transforming places and growing companies. With broad expertise in entitlement processes and jurisdictional relationship management. This includes development of strategic plans for multi-location growth and actionable programs that engage teams and drive performance as well as development of design standards that support projects from early in the design process to implementation of systems and cost control programs.
Brendan has deep expertise in all areas of design and development including visioning, strategic planning, conceptual design, portfolio management, project management, site planning and architecture, construction management, interior design, and sales.
Kerry is an award winning artist and designer. She obtained her Master of Architecture at the University of Washington and her projects range from modern mountain homes to vineyard estates to hillside cottages tucked above San Francisco Bay. Her expertise ranges from initial concept design all the way through beautifully detailed construction drawings. Kerry joined Cultivate in 2018 to help lead many of the architecture design efforts as our practice continues to offer multifaceted resources for a wide variety of projects.
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.
Marianna Leuschel // L Studio
Marianna's strength is in helping clients translate and communicate a project vision into strategic and creative solutions.
Doug Stonebreaker //
Founder: Prather Ranch Meat Company
Doug is a trailblazer in thinking through innovative agricultural models that are both sustainable and make good economic sense.
101 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105
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).