TINA CHEE landscape studio, a Los Angeles landscape architecture practice, is founded on the belief in landscape's crucial role in our cities and the fostering of urban ecologies through the symbiotic relationship of people, landscape, architecture, energy, and water. Spatial quality, perception, movement choreography, and program are crafted through the performative to create hybridized landscapes where beauty is the outcome that is resilient and sustaining in the remaking of cities for social equality. Multi-Purposed Infrastructure, Flexible Surfaces, and Landscape Narratives create frameworks to explore projects in thoughtful and meaningful ways- revealing, weaving, and binding site systems, site histories, and users to larger contexts.
We engage in all scales and types of work- masterplan visions, infrastructure, urban design, parks, plazas, streetscapes, alleys, parking lots, courtyards, roof tops and podiums, renovations and restorations. We collaborate with community stakeholders, non-profits, government agencies, developers, artists, and design professionals to create holistic and meaningful projects that are transformative. Services include all aspects of research and design, entitlement and public outreach, 3D visualization tools, models and mockups, construction documents, and permitting and construction observation. The studio is licensed for landscape and architecture in California and Arizona and is certified MBE, SBE, SLB, EBE, Harbor VSBE, and Metro SBE/DBE.
Tina Chee is an architect, landscape architect, educator, and a native of Los Angeles with over 25 years of experience in urban design, landscape, and architecture. She received her Master of Landscape Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture with honors from the University of Southern California where she received the ASLA Honor Award and was recognized as a LAF Olmsted Scholar. She practiced with Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, and Renzo Piano on a diverse range of significant and complex projects that have had a transformative impact on the environment; projects such as the masterplan of the Brooklyn Atlantic Rail Yards in New York, the urban renewal of Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, and the University of Petronas in the virgin Malaysian jungle. Through these key projects, the value of open space and need for environmental systems became equally her mission. Prior to founding the studio, Tina was the senior design associate at swa, where she practiced the design of on-structure landscapes, landscape construction, and the masterplanning of large scale urban parks, neighborhoods and waterfronts. Tina is the lead landscape designer of the award winning Crest Apartments, Van Nuys, CA which has been recognized with 9 awards. She is also the masterplanner of the 4-acre El Presidio Park and landscape architect of the January 8th Memorial in Tucson, Arizona. She draws from her in-depth experience to create dynamic synergies between cities, people, buildings, site and environmental systems that create hybridized spaces working at multiple levels. An astute observer and critical thinker deeply committed to the issues of urban cities and their future trajectories, she strives to find connection and poetic meaning that anticipates and furthers an environmental and social agenda with a formal and spatial one. She has been recognized internationally for her work and is the recipient of awards from the AIA, ASLA and AIACC. She is a design lecturer in landscape and architecture.
Mengfan Sha is a landscape and architecture designer who works between art, landscape, and architecture. She has worked at leading design studios such as Agence Ter, Plant Architects, Reed Hilderbrand, and Publicwork on significant projects such as the Under the Gardiner Park, Pershing Square Phase 1, and the Silverlake Reservoir Complex Masterplan proposal. She received her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree with Distinction in Architecture and Visual Studies from the University of Toronto.
Yuhan Zhang is a landscape designer from the Washington University St. Louis Master of Landscape Architecture program where she received the ASLA Honor Award for her project “Landscape of Waste” and during her undergraduate studies from Northeast Forestry University, China she received the Award of Excellence. She has a deep interest in the relationship of planting and infrastructure. She participated in the study for air pollution in the Shijiazhuang Central City and its impact on the environment that was published in the Journal of Hebei Forestry Science and Technology.
Jing Wu is a landscape design intern pursuing her Master of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism degree at the University of Southern California and has a Bachelor of Environmental Art and Design from Jiangnan University.
Katrina Santos is an architecture design intern pursuing her Bachelor of Architecture degree at Cal Poly Pomona.
Marc Salette is an architect and urban designer with over 30 years of experience on a wide range of projects including masterplan visions, community outreach, detail design, and project management. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Laval, Quebec.