Echo Landscape Architecture Studio is a Los Angeles based, full-service landscape architecture firm. We listen carefully to the needs and goals of our clients. By considering the context, opportunities and challenges presented by each site, and always keeping sustainability in mind, we create beautiful and functional spaces for the enjoyment of all who use them.
We provide both commercial and residential site solutions, including softscape and hardscape plans, cohesive and water-wise plant palettes, landscape documents, renderings and all landscape material selection as well as sustainability strategies and features.
We are committed to helping you make outdoor living and gathering spaces more beautiful, inviting and environmentally sound.
Every project we undertake is different and we tailor the process to serve the specific needs of the client and the context of the site. However, we have a typical process that we find works well in most circumstances. Design is often broken down into three phases: 1) Concept Development, 2) Design Development, 3) Schematics.
Concept Development is an exploration of various possibilities. During this phase, we spend time researching the property and working on broad ideas regarding how to make the most of the opportunities presented by the site.
In the Design Development phase, we take the feedback given to us by the client in the Concept Development phase and begin to hone a more detailed design, focusing on materials selection and other key features of the design.
In the Schematics phase, we produce a set of construction documents that can be passed to contractors for bidding and implementation.
We are often kept on by the client through the implementation of the project in which we perform Construction Observation. In this capacity, we act as a bridge between the client and the contractor to answer questions as they arise, fine tune design details on site as needed and generally work to make sure the execution of the project matches its design intent.
The examples shown here were produced during the Concept Development phase for a medium-sized backyard in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Maggie Lobl, Principal
Maggie earned a degree in Art History and then spent 15 years in the apparel industry as a designer and merchandiser. Ultimately, she was able to transfer her design sense and abilities to landscape and site work. In her work she creates beautiful and functional environments for the benefit of those who use and visit them.
Maggie is a registered landscape architect licensed by the state of California. She is a graduate of the Landscape Architecture program at UCLA Extension where she was honored to receive the Joseph H. Linesch Scholarship in 2011. She is a Master Gardener, certified by the Los Angeles County extension office and UC Davis, as well as a licensed landscape contractor (C-27). She is a member of G3: Green Gardens Group and also a professional certified by the EPA's WaterSense labeled program.
Maggie served on the board of directors of the incredible Garden School Foundation for three years. Other volunteer projects have included advising on an “edible wall” garden installed at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and as an advisor to create a rooftop vegetable garden at Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN) on Skid Row as part of their Team Food program.
Maggie was born and raised in Southern California, which remains her home. She spent her youth swimming in the Pacific Ocean, waterskiing at Lake Arrowhead in the mountains, hiking trails heavy with the fragrance of sagebrush and driving the tangled maze of freeways that get you from one of those places to the other. While California will always be home, she loves to travel widely to seek out the sights and scenery, languages and sounds, flavors and scents of other places. She finds inspiration in meeting people with different and varied experiences and remembering that we all share this planet and the finite resources it provides its inhabitants.
Julie Chadwick, Senior Designer
Julie had a career in music, radio and graphic design before throwing herself full-time into Landscape Design. She has the perfect blend of talent, creativity, attention to detail and technical skills to turn ideas into realities that meet the needs and wishes of clients.
Julie is a graduate of the Landscape Architecture program at UCLA Extension, where her thesis project won awards. She serves as Communication Director for the UCLA Landscape Architecture Alumni Connection.
Julie has long been involved in animal rescue. She also spent several years training and competing with the Los Angeles Derby Dolls where she served as captain of her team.