Scott D. Baker

Scott D. Baker

President
PLA

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 TOC initiatives—Ivy Station, NOHO, and Crenshaw Crossing—masterful in transforming transit, mixed use, and urban nature into beloved landscapes. He is leading a variety of projects statewide: the New Natural Resources Headquarters, John Burroughs Middle School, and the Consolidated Car Rental facility at LAX after opening three of Los Angeles’ largest building projects in 2017: Wilshire Grand, Metropolis, and USC Village in 2017. 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..

EDUCATION

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.’