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Nancy Power

“Nancy Goslee Power is to landscape what Frank Gehry is to architecture,” famed California historian Kevin Starr once remarked.  In his book Coast of Dreams, California on the Edge, 1990-2003, he describes her style as ‘eclectic boldness’. Her ability to integrate cultural and landscape palettes, as well as her keen awareness of how people use space, enables her to create unique, visually striking and well received environments that place her as one of the great landscape designers working today.  Frank Gehry calls her “a very special landscape designer.  Her understanding and love of plant material makes a big difference to her designs.”  Nancy Power was awarded the 1999 Henry Francis du Pont Medal in landscape design, she was an Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome in 2004, and was the recipient of the 2005 House Beautiful Giants of Design Award.

Nancy Power is Chairman of the Board of the Garden School Foundation, which is dedicated to creating schoolyard gardens to provide students with opportunities to benefit from hands-on exposure to nature. This interest has created a new focus for her public work.  In 2009, she worked with Michael Maltzan Architects to complete native and edible gardens for Inner-City Arts, a non-profit arts facility for high poverty inner-city children; with Koning Eizenberg Architects designing another inner-city educational garden for the Children’s Institute community center; and in 2010, is working on kitchen and children gardens for the Herb Alpert Educational Village and the Wildwood School.

Nancy Power is a trustee of the Santa Monica Museum of Art and is a board member of the new Los Angeles Park Conservancy Foundation. She serves as a City of Santa Monica Recreation and Parks Commissioner and on the Advisory Board for the Santa Monica Museum of Art.  She is the author of the classic book, The Gardens of California: Four Centuries of Design from Mission to Modern published by Hennessey and Ingalls and her new monograph, Power of Gardens, was published in late 2009 by Stewart, Tabori & Chang, for which she was awarded a Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association.

Nancy Power lectures widely about children gardens, kitchen gardens, sustainability, and garden design; her most recent lectures include the history of kitchen gardens and lectures about the “Power of Gardens”, a lecture and book tour promoting her book of the same name.

Christina Chantal
Christina Chantal is the executive assistant to Nancy Power, as well as Administrative Coordinator for NGP&A.  As such, she is responsible for overseeing general office administration, including IT needs.  Christina studied music business at the Musician’s Institute and has interned for prominent record companies such as Interscope and Def Jam.

Ryan Gutierrez
Ryan Gutierrez holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Architecture from Middlebury College and a Master in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.  While at Harvard, she was awarded a Community Service Fellowship Grant to help run the Somerville Community Growing Center, a non-profit community educational garden for which she sat on the Board of Directors.   Ryan was also the recipient of an EPA National P3 Award for which she studied civic stormwater gardens as an ecological solution for cities with CSOs.  Before joining the firm, Ryan worked at Reed Hilderbrand Asssociates, Inc in Watertown, Massachusetts where her work included high end residential, campus and park design.  She was involved in all aspects of projects from concept design through construction observation and project management.  Current project involvement includes several residences in the Southern California area.

Howard Formby
As a Senior Associate, Howard Formby brings decades of experience in sustainable garden design, with a specialization in horticulture and garden conservation. He has studied garden design at UCLA, San Francisco City College and with the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden Botany and Horticulture Program and he is a Certified Sustainable Landscape Designer with the city of Santa Monica. As a member of the Board of Directors for the Garden School Foundation, he is developing a 1/4 acre California native edible food forest that will be an educational resource for the LAUSD, as well as the Theodore Payne Foundation and the Gabrieleno/Tongva Tribe.  Prior to joining the firm, Howard was owner and principal of Formby Design in San Francisco and Los Angeles, a firm dedicated to garden conservancy and all aspects of garden design.  He is currently Senior Project Manager on several high end residential projects in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

Joanna Hankamer
Senior Associate and Managing Principal Joanna Hankamer has been with Nancy Goslee Power & Associates since 2006.  Joanna holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Southern California, a Master in Architecture from the University of California Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Tufts University.  Before joining NGP&A, Joanna worked for Amigos de los Rios as co-construction manager on Lashbrook Park in East Los Angeles, where she worked with local communities and public, private, and non-profit entities to advocate for community partnerships while overseeing the park’s construction and green collar job training.  Since moving to Los Angeles in 2000, Joanna has worked for and with landscape designers, architects and urban designers on a range of projects including parks, streetscapes, and private residences as well as schools, museums, and other mid scale commercial and institutional projects.  In addition to her experience in all phases of design, Joanna brings costing and construction knowledge to the firm from her past employment as a cost estimator and purchasing agent in the construction industry.  Joanna’s current involvement in the firm includes senior project management for some of the firm’s larger projects in addition to overseeing the design studio in coordination with the firm’s President and Design Principal, Nancy Power.

Laine Proctor
Laine Proctor earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of California at Berkeley where she was named a Chancellor’s Scholar. Having previously worked at a bank, she brings a vast work experience ranging from event coordination and financial analysis to corporate policy and procedure to her position as Financial Manager with Nancy Goslee Power and Associates.

Elisa Read
Elisa Read holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Ureña and a Masters Degree in Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Elisa brings not only years of experience in architectural design, building construction methods and code knowledge, but a vast and insatiable knowledge of plant material, with a focus on native and drought tolerant species.  She has continued her education with numerous classes from the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden Botany and Horticulture Program, including courses in botany, irrigation, soils and native plant material.  Elisa is also a founding partner in Friends of Se, an apparel, graphic and internet design company.  She is fluent in both English and Spanish.  Current project involvement includes commercial, institutional and residential projects in the Southern California area.

Joe Sturges
Joe Sturges has a broad background in multidisciplinary design and fine art. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, Joe has focused his efforts on creating meaningful and provocative spaces and objects. His interest in bringing a spiritual framework to his work led to the creation of Temple Designs, a design build studio he founded in 1997. He brought a holistic approach to retail, restaurant and residential design projects, as well as custom pieces of furniture and objects. In 2000, he founded the Endowment for Experiential Architecture, created to fund site specific architectural sculpture in the landscape; a five-year investigation into the origins of architecture manifested in a temple built in the deep woods of Northern Michigan. Joe brings to NGP&A strong visualization skills and building knowledge, and he works at all levels of the design process ensuring a well thought out and buildable design. He has been lead designer for many large scale projects for NGP&A including the Master Plan for the Los Angeles County Arboretum, Constellation Park in Century City, Paseo LA, a pedestrian walkway in Downtown Los Angeles, Grand Avenue Phase I with Gehry Partners and the Ventura County Museum of History and Art.  In addition to his work with NGP&A, Joe is also on the faculty of the USC School of Architecture where he teaches visual communication skills to undergraduate architecture students and graduate landscape architecture students.

Andy Wilcox
Andy Wilcox holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Southern California.  Along with his work at NGP&A, Andy currently is a full-time faculty member at Cal Poly Pomona where he teaches in both the graduate and undergraduate programs.  Andy is a registered Landscape Architect with the State of California and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.