Scott D. Baker

Scott D. Baker


A voracious advocate of urbanism, RELM President Scott Baker seeks to engender public life in cities across America. For the past two decades, he has championed landscape architecture’s role in cultivating community, ensuring public realms are indeed public—rendering true benefit for neighborhoods and users alike. His work across Southern California is compelling. Commissions include Marsh Park, Long Beach Airport, Los Angeles Police Headquarters, Wilshire Grand, USC’s University Village, and District NOHO, LA Metro’s largest P3 transit development. Over his career, Scott has realized various landscape typologies: mixed-use, TOD, hospitality, civic, multi-family and education projects. More recently, Scott has led the studio in securing public realm projects outside Los Angeles. In Sacramento, RELM is completing two high-profile state office campuses; opened Merian—UC San Diego’s downtown campus—while securing RELM’s first federal project in Huntsville, Alabama, Redstone Innovation Campus. Scott sits on the Board for the A+D Museum in Los Angeles and is actively engaged with ULI.

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Guelph, 1995

California, Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, Oregon, Maryland, Arizona

 ‘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.’