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our approach

We believe that landscape architecture is the marriage between architecture and nature. We create landscapes that are visually stimulating and highly functional. Our design style is modern: using bold forms, repetition, geometry and contrast to create strong visual connections between the landscape and architecture. A less-is-more approach makes every element more important and heightens your perception of space, color and movement. 

Environmentally sensitive landscapes are essential in Southern California. Drought-tolerant plant materials, water zones, thoughtful use of materials and planning create spaces that look organized and timeless, yet establish an appropriate balance with nature. 


Founded in 2004 by husband and wife team Richard & Juli Risner. Grounded is proud to have received numerous design awards including:

  • Orchid Award for C3 Bank, 2020

  • ASLA Honor Award for Harbaugh Seaside Park, 2020

  • ASLA Merit Award for Nagy Residence, 2020

  • ASLA Merit Award for C3 Bank, 2020

  • ASLA Merit Award for Palm Springs Residence, 2018

  • ASLA Merit Award for Mozart Residence, 2014

  • ASLA Merit Award for Hillcrest Residence, 2014

  • ASLA Merit Award for Fairbanks Residence, 2009

  • City of Encinitas Environmental Stewardship Award, 2017


Technical expertise is essential to bring your project to life. With over 30 years experience, we have the knowledge and experience to guide your project from concept to completion. We have extensive experience working with a variety of public agencies such as the Federal Government, National Parks, Bureau of Land Management, US Army Corps of Engineers, California State Parks, CalTrans, California Coastal Commission, California Dept of Fish and Game, California Dept of General Services, California Dept of Water Resources, and various local City Planning and Engineering Departments. 

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