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  • David Maestres Associate ASLA + AIA Principal LinkedIn

    David Maestres joins RELM as a Principal and Director of Design with an extensive background creating international public spaces.  Trained in architecture, David has shifted his focus to landscape architecture within the urban context, advocating a truly interdisciplinary approach to design.  David champions landscapes that invite clients, and their respective cities, to reimagine the interplay between planning, policy, ecology; optimal site performance, and public enjoyment.  David’s command of contemporary academic theory along with his business acumen have led to a distinguished career. Prior to RELM, he was instrumental in executing premiere commissions for Mia Lehrer + Associates and OLIN including the First and Broadway Park commission with OMA/IDEO and the winning submission for the LA Convention Center. As Director of Design, David looks to grow RELM’s expertise in 3D modeling, visual communications, and spatial design.  


    Master in Architecture with Distinction (MArch II), Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 2002

    Professional Degree in Architecture, Universidad Simon Bolivar, 1997

    ‘Spatial and sensory experience are paramount for me. How people viscerally relate to the physical and natural environment is what drives me as a designer.’

  • David Christensen Senior Associate LinkedIn

    David joins RELM with a distinguished resume realizing decorated urban parks across the country—Tongva Park, Navy Pier, and Fresh Kills. Trained in regional planning and architecture, David applies both site and planning sensibilities to project designs. These micro and macro lenses ensure social, ecological, visual, and experiential impact. At RELM, he manages several notable projects spanning geography and typology: New Natural Resources Headquarters Building in Sacramento; a 42-story high-rise building in downtown Los Angeles, 8th and Figueroa; and John Burroughs Middle School, one of LAUSD’s largest campus improvement projects. David excels in amplifying creative vision. He is one of RELM’s most distinguished client-team collaborators and project managers. Previously, he worked for James Corner Field Operations and SWA.

    Master of Architecture, University of Toronto, 2007
    Bachelor of Regional Planning, Missouri State University, 2001

    'For me, it’s all about people’s daily experience.  Seeing the public activate a landscape brings me tremendous satisfaction.  I take great pride in crafting well executed open space, both formally and in construction.  But when scores of people immerse themselves in a landscape—playing, conversing, reading—I realize the most gratification.  Open space is for everyday living.'

  • Steve Blewett Living Systems Specialist LinkedIn

    A graduate of the University of California, Davis Landscape Architecture program, Steve joins RELM as our natural systems specialist.  His command of Southern California native plant palettes and related habitat and irrigation strategies amplifies RELM’s commitment to increase urban nature across the Southland and beyond.  Steve works integrally with designers in the visioning and execution of our landscapes, applying his knowledge from concept through construction administration.  Prior to consulting for RELM, Steve worked for Brightview (formerly Valley Crest Design Group) and Mia Leher & Associates.  Key projects include several components of The Orange County Great Park – the signature open space, the Sports Park, and several adjacent neighborhood parklettes, Pavilion and Beacon Parks. His urban portfolio includes Ivy Station, Park and Market, P Street Design Competition, Cal Plaza and the new LA Ram Stadium.

    Recognized for his expertise with botanical and ecological systems, Steve developed the Educational Native Plant and Butterfly Garden at Maya Angelou High School in Los Angeles in collaboration with California Greenworks.

    Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of California, Davis 2009

    'Every built landscape is an opportunity to tell the story of place. I look to express a site’s cultural landscape through ecology and form.'

  • Luning Li Associate LinkedIn

    Luning (Luna) Li is an emerging leader at RELM.  Adeptly facile in concept ideation and project documentation, Luna assists design principals in the realization of significant landscape projects throughout all stages.  She leads junior staff in the creation of deliverables and interfaces with clients directly.

    Prior to RELM, Luna worked for OLIN and AECOM helping earn national design awards including a 2017 AIA Regional and Urban Design Award for 30th Street Station Master Plan (Philadelphia) and another for Wolong Lake Waterfront Park in Shanghai in 2015. Luning is fluent designing across scale and typology, utilizing multiple 2D-3D design and animation software programs, and renders beautiful hand drawings.


    Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Southern California 2012

    Bachelor of Art, Environmental Art & Design, Tsinghua University 2010

    ‘Landscape architecture comprehensively improves urban life. It resolves many key questions related to mobility and settlement; anchors people to place by creating destinations; and ultimately uplifts the social energy of urban centers.  Landscape is the life line to how we live.’

  • Tatiana Sao Chan Cheong Junior Landscape Designer LinkedIn

    Tatiana brings rich personal and professional diversity to RELM’s team. Raised in Tahiti, schooled in Europe, and experienced in both architecture and landscape architecture (in Belgium and New York), Tatiana brings a worldly view in how to inventively co-mingle buildings with the ground plane. Her understanding of natural systems coupled with her cultural sensitivity make her a wonderful addition to RELM’s urban design practice, creating dynamic, beloved open space for all demographics. Working for W Architects in New York, Tatiana collaborated on several park projects including River Walk Park Pavilion in Calgary and the St. Petersburg Pier competition in Florida. In Brussels, while working for Arter, she designed a spectrum of commission-types ranging from architecture, open space, to site furnishings, among them Quai Meudon Skate Park and XL for People. Now at RELM, Tatiana is supporting the studio’s largest open space project in Carson, The Creek at Dominguez Hills. She is a registered architect in Belgium (Orde Van Architecten).


    "Architecture and Landscape Architecture are the result of shared ideas, cultural exchanges, and purpose.  They reflect human aspiration and creativity.  Site context gives voices to how design should be realized, not discipline.”

  • Sally Reynolds PLA Senior Associate LinkedIn

    Trained in restoration ecology, Sally enjoys resolving the complexities that occur at the intersection of the built and natural environment, finding resolution through landscape’s performative qualities. She strives to connect communities with their surrounding natural environment, amplifying nature to promote social and ecological wellbeing.

    Sally joins RELM after a decorated ten-year career working for OLIN and Andropogon. She is versant across multiple scales and typologies. Currently, she is leading RELM’s 83-acre park effort for The Creek at Dominguez Hills having just completed the Apple Campus 2 site, a 175-acre site, serving as chief plant designer while at OLIN. She is also directing the design for ConRac, a new 73-acre gateway landscape at LAX in addition to three Kaiser Permanente medical campuses. Throughout her career, she has worked on multiple master plans for academic campuses, civic neighborhoods, and agricultural landscapes, collaborating closely with communities to ensure design outcomes embody local values and vernacular. Projects include Drexel University, Franklin and Marshall College, the historic neighborhood of Mt. Vernon, Maryland, and Colchester Farms.

    Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, 2008
    Bachelor of Arts - Integrative Biology and Dance, University of California, Berkeley, 2000

    ‘Future generations are really our ultimate clients. I aim to create places that generate lasting relationships with the natural world.’

  • Xinxin Shen Landscape Designer LinkedIn

    A recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Xinxin joined RELM following her studio internship during her Masters studies. Adeptly talented in visual representation and conceptual design, she works alongside senior leaders to conceive and detail landscapes across a spectrum of project types. Currently, Xinxin is helping advance The Creek at Dominguez Hills, an 83-acre park in the City of Carson. Her renderings have been critical in conveying the ecological and social benefit the park will yield for the local community. While an intern, she worked on a high rise residential project in downtown Los Angeles and Kaiser Irwindale. Xinxin looks forward to contributing her parametric software skills at RELM, performing site and regional analysis investigating water flows, grading, shadow, and wind.

    Masters of Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, 2018
    Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, South China University of Technology, 2016

    ‘Designing landscapes in an urban context is like stage design. I look to create a proscenium for people to linger and where storylines unfold.’

  • Scott D. Baker PLA President LinkedIn

    Scott Baker is President of RELM. As a champion of urban landscapes, he has catalytically transformed the Southland with commissions at LAPD Headquarters, Santa Monica College, Long Beach Airport, and soon, UCSD’s downtown campus, Park and Market.  Scott’s fervent drive to cultivate urban life has earned him tremendous recognition.  He leads Metro’s largest TOD initiatives--Ivy Station, NOHO, and Expo/Crenshaw--masterful in transforming transit, mixed use, and urban nature into beloved landscapes.  His portfolio within the development world is equally distinguished.  This past summer, RELM opened three of city’s largest building projects: Wilshire Grand, Metropolis, and USC Village. Scott applies his sensibilities, strong in both urban design and landscape architecture, to projects of all scales and typologies including education, civic, transportation, and hospitality. He is a gifted public speaker and serves as RELM’s Managing Principal on projects.


    Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Guelph, 1995

     ‘Design isn’t always the answer. Sometimes you have to resist the purely creative process and allow public life to drive the urban form before you begin the creative process. You can’t just inherit a site and not question how things are connected.  I love the edges as much as I love the landscape.’


  • Jarrad Newman Senior Landscape Designer LinkedIn

    As a passionate design innovator, Jarrad brings his design and planning experience to a range of complex and varied projects. Leveraging creative insights and methods from digital culture, historical analysis, mapping, programming, and drawing, Jarrad’s work embraces an open vision for creative practice. Prior to RELM, he played a substantial role in delivering projects for Stoss Landscape Urbanism including the Eda U Gerstacker Grove at the University of Michigan. In Australia, Jarrad worked in both the public and private sectors. He was the lead designer on a significant transportation infrastructure project at Hassell and for the City of Melbourne, working as an urban designer, Jarred worked on urban corridor initiatives.

    Bachelor of Design - Landscape Architecture (Hons. 1st Class) RMIT University, 2015
    Bachelor of Applied Science - Urban Planning (Hons. 1st Class) RMIT University, 2015

    ‘Design is about opening up new possibilities for connection, reflection, and experience in our cities, peeling back the layers of our daily lives to reveal the art and beauty of our shared world.’

  • E. Allan Spulecki RA PLA Principal LinkedIn

    Allan Spulecki is Principal and Director of Technical Design at RELM.   Trained and licensed in both architecture and landscape architecture, Allan is adept in elegantly resolving complex issues/systems to render some of the country’s most heralded public landscapes including Columbus Circle and the Washington Monument under Laurie Olin; the Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Garden at the Getty Museum in West Los Angeles and Mill River Park, a career highlight.  There, he spearheaded the de-channelization of a stagnant and under-utilized urban river front in the heart of downtown Stamford, CT, yielding a welcoming, dynamic, and award winning 12-acre civic park.  Allan’s love of open space and riparian edges is as profound as they are for urban systems.  At RELM, Allan leads his own design projects while overseeing the technical design across all studio commissions.


    Master in Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, 1995

    Master in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, 1994

    Bachelor of Architecture, Catholic University, Washington D.C. 1986

    ‘Los Angeles is at a pivotal moment in its history were ecology, water, density, open space, and multi-modal transit are forcing a new paradigm of systems and application.  I look forward to applying my rich experience in the evolution of this great city.’


  • Bio

    Chad joined RELM in 2012. His passion for project management and coordinating with large, multi-disciplinary design teams has enabled him to lead several marquee commissions including Ivy Station, a 5.2-acre mixed-use transit-oriented development adjacent to the Expo Line station in Culver City scheduled to open in 2020, ConRac, a 73-acre gateway landscape at LAX as well as 3200 East Foothill Boulevard. One of Pasadena’s largest mixed-use developments, this 9-acre site (a former naval property) will house 550 mixed rate apartments, 2-acres of open space, and 9,800 SF of retail fronting Foothill Boulevard. One goal of the project is to expand the city’s urban grid into the site to ensure it’s continuity and integration into the broader community.


    Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Colorado State University, 2012

    ‘In the urban realm, we create and transform the landscape, beyond the obvious, to create something memorable that enriches the quality of life in our cities.’


  • Ruoyi Peng Landscape Designer LinkedIn

    Rouyi Peng is a graduate of Louisiana State University’s Master of Landscape Architecture program. Upon joining RELM, she has been critical in delivering a variety of projects including a 9-acre mixed-used development in Glendale, 3200 Foothill; transit studies for the VTA in Santa Clara County; along with a multitude of smaller projects where she contributed to the visualization and design documentation. Rouyi is gifted in 3D visualization and is growing her design acumen working alongside senior designers.


    Master of Landscape Architecture, Louisiana State University, 2015

    Bachelor of Engineering in Landscape Architecture, Tongji University, 2012

    ‘Design is a magical experience. I feel fortunate to bring people into an environment, built out of creativity, that offers the public a wonderful experience.’


  • Jessie Hong LEED AP Landscape Designer LinkedIn

    Jessie Hong is a landscape designer with 6 years experience. She is critical to RELM’s delivery of projects across several typologies: education, mixed-use, government, and resort. Her belief in designing for simplicity, durability, and ease of use guides her approach to landscape architecture. Jessie is facile in working across multiple project types and scales, using various technology platforms to render crafted landscapes. Her hand drawings are used regularly in RELM’s concept packages; they are artful and expressive.

    Jessie began her career working for EDSA designing high-end resorts, residential developments, and master planning projects throughout Latin America. An outdoor enthusiast, she snowboards, surfs, boulders, and runs triathlons. She also volunteers at the ACE Mentor Program, Woosley Fire Recovery with Mountain Recreation Trust, and Surfrider Foundation.


    Master of Landscape Architecture, Ball State University, 2012

    Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design and Historic Preservation, Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, 2008

    ‘Design is not about making things perfect. I believe in keeping it simple yet significant. There is beauty in asymmetry, simplicity, austerity, and the appreciation of nature— I call this the Wabi Sabi of  landscape architecture. ‘

  • John Harper Associate LinkedIn

    John brings a global understanding of urbanization, community, and environmental stewardship to RELM after practicing in both Australia and China. During his ten-year career, John has designed complex transit and infrastructure projects, as well as performative landscapes for several K-12 campuses. At RELM, he leads a variety project typologies, spanning scale and geography including an extensive intervention at Amgen’s corporate campus in Thousand Oaks, a $200 million reinvestment at John Francis Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley, and one of Metro’s most significant P3 projects in Los Angeles County, Crenshaw Crossing. John is a gifted communicator and puts people at the center of all his work, professionally and through his landscape designs, believing the built environment can improve health and happiness.


    Masters of Social Science, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 2009

    Bachelor of Design in Landscape Architecture, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 2007

    Registered Landscape Architect in Australia.

    ‘Landscape Architecture is not an accidental career, to be good at what we do we must care deeply about the environment and the people who inhabit it. I fight for every inch of open space, and for every tree.’


  • Yixun Zhang Landscape Designer LinkedIn

    Yixun Zhang is a landscape designer at RELM. Trained in both urban planning and landscape architecture, Yixun believes that urban context and site-specificity, forces that are both harmonious and antagonist to each other, create the best landscapes when artistically reconciled. These public realms improve walkability, connectivity, sustainability, and urban identity. Facile in 3D modeling, Yixun is helping to advance RELM’s design process and visual communications and representation. Projects include: Amgen’s corporate campus in Thousand Oaks; three school projects including one of LAUSD’s largest undertakings, John Francis Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley, and several others where Yixun authored landscape renderings and concept packages.


    Master of Landscape Architecture, Texas A&M University, 2015

    Certificate in Sustainable Urbanism, Texas A&M University, 2015

    Bachelor of Urban Planning, Tianjin Institute of Urban Construction, 2012

    ‘Successful landscapes are comfortable and attractive for residents and visitors alike. They represent the spirit of a city and reflect the wisdom of people living there.’


  • Matthew Tanicello Senior Landscape Designer LinkedIn

    A self-trained furniture builder with experience working construction, Matthew Tanicello brings an acute appreciation for craftsmanship and constructibility to landscape architecture. He is exceptionally talented with construction detailing, stewarding many of RELM’s projects through construction documentation. Commissions he has led in this capacity include the New Natural Resources Headquarters Building in Sacramento; Park and Market, UCSD’s downtown campus; Kaiser Irwindale, and 8th + Figueroa, a high-rise development in downtown Los Angeles. Increasingly, Matt is serving as Project Designer as well as a Project Manager. His internal contributions are equally distinguished; he authored RELM’s CAD Standards and leads monthly training sessions on documentation best practices.


    Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Philadelphia University, 2013

    ‘People like to see designs for what they are--they don’t want to be fooled with faux materials or tricked with illusions.  Designs need to be true to their material and vegetated palette, as well as address functionality adeptly.’

  • Valorie Born Affiliate ASLA Communications and Strategy Consultant LinkedIn

    Valorie plays a dual role at RELM.  She leads the studio’s communications initiatives, be they marketing pursuits, specialty communications, or visual storytelling for project deliverables.  She also works alongside RELM’s senior leadership to curate brand strategy.  Drawing upon her fifteen year tenure securing commissions for leading A/E studios worldwide, she works directly with President Scott Baker to grow influence. She helps define client strategy and outreach, develops key messaging, and guides professional development for all staff.  She authored RELM’s identity and enjoys playing a strategic role within the studio culture.


    Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, 1997

    ‘Even timeless designs have a point of view.  Brands—and their leaders—need to give voice to their point of view to succeed.’