We are a planning, landscape architecture and urban design practice devoted to cultivating great places and changing the way people think about improving land. We work for landowners, developers, non-profits, and municipalities. We are interested in recognizing and preserving the unique and priceless aspects about a place while charting a balanced and resilient future. We push our clients to think long-term, to consider the legacy they are creating and to understand how today’s decisions affect future generations.
What We Do
Cultivate offers a fully integrated planning and design process, from project visioning through implementation.
"Cultivate has a great sense of graphic design. They can develop project graphics from
scratch or convert existing graphics that don't make sense into exactly what we need."
"Developers are putting things on land that last forever and it takes highly innovative designs to make people and communities comfortable with such dramatic change to places that are very special to them. Amie has progressive ideas about "conservation development" as the solution. For us, this meets a growing need in the market place for residents who want to be part of a legacy story, not just say "it's mine"."
"When we see plans and applications with Amie's name on them we tend to be confident in
quality of the project. She seems to earn the trust and respect of everyone associated with
a project, and designs a well thought out community, not just a development."
"We are thrilled to work with Amie and her team. She has big firm experience on a broad
range of projects, but a small firm structure that can be much more nimble and has a lower
cost of overhead. That creates fantastic value for us."
We bring experience, compelling graphic tools and a rigorous process to help guide creative teams, communities and stakeholders through the steps of crafting a fully thought-out vision to realize project and neighborhood goals. We are believers in the power of a strong and compelling vision that often drives design innovation.
We give special attention to fostering relationships and understanding the culture, the history and the DNA of a place.
We are experienced in preparing comprehensive community plans, development standards and master plans to ensure that a project’s vision is protected and realized.
Understanding and respecting the land and environment is key to the success of any design endeavor. We bring together the fields of site design, landscape and planning and put that together with community building. We think of ourselves as stewards of the land, and treat every design problem as such.
Navigating the process of obtaining permits, approvals and environmental certification can be daunting. We are experienced in managing large project teams and working in a collaborative way to craft entitlement strategies and alternatives, and to lead the process through implementation.
We seek to break down the segregation of land uses that have created patterns of sprawl and to reintegrate architecture and landscape in a variety of ways in our built environments.
We know how to guide an open, constructive dialogue to reach community consensus and a shared vision. This is the process of collecting and documenting all the ideas and communicating those ideas in a cohesive, compelling and easy-to-understand manner. We believe in challenging the ways of the past to bring about innovation and a fresh approach.
The foundational layer of green space-- including parks, working lands and natural areas.
The mobility layer that provides an interconnected system of streets, bikeways, pedestrian pathways, and trails.
The final layer that provides the pattern of vertical elements and masses that completes the overall built environment.
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).