SQLA Inc

SQLA Inc. is a landscape design and urban design firm dedicated to the art and craft of creating environmental landscape designs with a lasting presence.

SQLA Inc., Square Los Angeles Inc., is a landscape design, landscape architecture, garden design and Urban design firm dedicated to creating engaging environments with a lasting presence for your home or office. Established by the expert licensed landscape architect Samuel K. Kim in 1996, SQLA Inc. provides a full range of architectural landscape design service, including planning, urban and garden design, site-specific landscape design, construction documents, observation, administration, and management and more. Under Samuel’s leadership, the studio has employed inventive and creative architectural landscape design solutions to projects on a wide range of scales, from large multi-family residential communities, to universities, commercial centers, intimate residential gardens, and meticulously crafted sculptural works. Whether real, abstracted or virtual, we believe with a passion that nature is essential for healthy, resilient human environments. We focus on an environmental landscape design to create and design richly layered landscapes that are infused with natural, cultural and healing elements. This fosters social sustainability and will enrich your spirit. So stop on by and see for yourself why we are the #1 landscape designers in Los Angeles!

(Square Los Angeles Inc.), is the premier landscape design, architectural landscape design, and urban design firm dedicated to the art and craft of creating engaging landscape designer environments with lasting presence for living, work and play. Established with the expert guidance of master licensed landscape architect Samuel K. provides a full range of landscape architectural design services including site planning, urban design, site-specific landscape design, handling all construction observation, administration, and management tasks, and complete design/build. Under Samuel’s leadership, the studio has employed inventive and creative design solutions to projects at a wide range of scales from large multi-family residential communities, to universities, commercial centers, intimate residential gardens, and meticulously crafted sculptural works. Whether real, abstracted or virtual, we believe with a passion that natural environmental landscape design is essential for a healthy, drought tolerant landscape design environment. We design richly layered landscape designs that are infused with natural, cultural and healing elements that foster local and sustainability and enrich the spirit and soul. We are a process driven studio. Through creative explorations, we seek hands-on knowledge of the physical and psychological qualities of the raw materials of our trade through the process of our landscape design and construction of our sculptural works. Through these studies, we gain not only profound material intimacy, but also the technical skills to understand how these natural elements and man-made materials may be layered, abstracted, assembled, or fabricated to produce artful and meaningful landscape design. This strong understanding of our materials and our expert landscape design know-how gives us an edge from start to finish, and forms the backbone for our landscape design, building and construction services. We approach design as the art and craft of sculpting space. Whether in a smaller communal gathering space, a private outdoor room or a garden sanctuary, we use the raw materials of nature—plants, water, rock, gravel and wood—to define and create lush landscape designs that will influence your emotions, thoughts and realities, and enrich your life

We design with life, creating spaces where life happens. Whether our landscape designs invite joyful celebration, contemplation, immersion, or play, we embrace the process of our architectural landscape design to create breathtaking wonders that will capture your heart and soul. So call, or check out our website, and let us show you why we are the #1 landscape designers in Los Angeles!

Operating as usual

02/23/2021

Isamu Noguchi’s iconic Zen garden, The California Scenario, has been a monumental source of inspiration throughout our head designer’s, Sam Kim, career. If you live in Southern California you can visit this picturesque corner in a corporate plaza across South Coast Plaza Shopping Mall . This garden is a poetic allude to the California landscape.
For more information check out this link: https://bit.ly/3k4vgg6
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#landscapearchitecture #environment #landscapedesign #nature #greenspace #resilientdesign #projectspotlight #designerperspectives #orange #blog #gardening #flowers #outdoors #wellness #health #nature #biophilia #placemaking #landscapelovers #greencity #smartcitydesign #winterblooms #article #growyourown #empoweringcommunities #socal #garden #personalempowerment #sqlainc #designbuild

02/22/2021

Here's a quick guide we wrote up for those that want to turn their outdoor space into a haven of peace and tranquility. Zen gardens have very minimal requirements and can be tailored to fit anyone's ( or any home's) specific needs or wants. You can read an abridged version in our story and later in our website blog.
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02/20/2021

It has been exactly one day since we were here (mentally) and we are back (mentally) at the Sunset Vine Towers Apartments. No regrets, it's great to be back and take in this beautiful California sunset.
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#Sunsetvinetowers #residentialcommunityproject #poolside #lux #LA #Californiasunset #landscapearchitecture #environment #landscapedesign #nature #greenspace #resilientdesign #projectspotlight #designerperspectives #urbanplanning #moderndesign #urbanlife #rooftops #citylife #cityviews #outdoors #wellness #health #nature #biophilia #placemaking #landscapelovers #laarchitecture #lalandscapes #greencity #smartcitydesign #designbuild #sqlainc

[02/19/21]   Forever fascinated by the colors of the earth and eternally grateful for those that are able to eloquently capture them.
This one is of Block Island and captured by @Stephenwilkes
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#nature #landscapephotography #moon #purple #trees #artscapes #outdoors #wellness #health #nature #biophilia #placemaking #landscapelovers #designbuild #sqlainc

02/18/2021

Wishing we could be at the lovely pool deck site we designed for Sunset Vine Tower Apartments today. For work research purposes of course.
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#sunsetvinetower #apartments #pooldeck #humpday #moderndesign #residentialcommunity
#landscapearchitecture #environment #landscapedesign #nature #greenspace #resilientdesign #projectspotlight #designerperspectives #urbanplanning #commercialproject #orange #moderndesign #urbanlife #rooftops #citylife #cityviews #outdoors #wellness #health #nature #biophilia #placemaking #landscapelovers #koreatown #laarchitecture #restored #greencity #smartcitydesign #designbuild #sqlainc

02/17/2021

Highlighting another lovely native! Today we present the lovely Yankee Point Wild Lilac (Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. griseus 'Yankee Point'). This native shrub is perfect arid regions as it only requires moderate amounts of water (although it doesn't mind a deep watering every once in a while in the hot summers). The Yankee Point Lilac grows about 3 feet tall and spans to about 10-12ft. You will get beautiful blue hues in the springtime when the Yankee Point is in full bloom.
Visit this website for more information on the Yankee Point Wild Lilac:
https://bit.ly/2OlMF7Y
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#nativespecies #biodiversity #tree #californianatives #sweetacaia #droughtresistant #landscapearchitecture #environment #landscapedesign #nature #greenspace #resilientdesign #projectspotlight #designerperspectives #urbanplanning #commercialproject #orange #moderndesign #urbanlife #rooftops #citylife #cityviews #outdoors #wellness #health #nature #biophilia #placemaking #landscapelovers

02/16/2021

Roof deck chilling... I mean roof deck "office" 😅 We are 100% in support of you bringing your office outside. Just in case you were thinking about it.
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This shot is from the Abbey Apartments in K-Town. The roof deck we designed has everything from outdoor lounging areas to an open green space for recreational activity. We absolutely loved how it turned out! Check out the rest of our project photos on our @Houzzpro site:
https://bit.ly/3rJ9IYT
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#ktown #la #landscapearchitecture #environment #landscapedesign #nature #greenspace #resilientdesign #projectspotlight #designerperspectives #urbanplanning #commercialproject #orange #moderndesign #urbanlife #rooftops #citylife #cityviews #outdoors #wellness #health #nature #biophilia #placemaking #landscapelovers #koreatown #laarchitecture #restored #greencity #smartcitydesign

02/16/2021

Wellness check!
Just a quick reminder to soak in some sun today and, if possible, enjoy an amazing sunset.
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02/14/2021

Here at SQLA we encouraging everyone to get in touch with nature. The easiest and most accessible way to do this is to start in your own home! For this reason we've started a blog series focusing on garden tips that will help beautify your space and potentially clear your headspace. Being that Valentine's Day is today we thought we'd focus our first blog on flowers you can grow to bloom in the winter! We wrote this one especially for the folks that hate to see their surroundings dull around them in the cold winter months but we added a little something of our SoCal locals as well. Vibrant flower colors can keep you and your local pollinators cheery as you wait for spring so read now to find out how you can grow beautiful flowers in the winter.
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You can read an abridged version in our story or read it on our blog here:

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#landscapearchitecture #environment #landscapedesign #nature #greenspace #resilientdesign #projectspotlight #designerperspectives #orange #blog #gardening #flowers #outdoors #wellness #health #nature #biophilia #placemaking #landscapelovers #greencity #smartcitydesign #winterblooms #article #growyourown #empoweringcommunities #socal #garden #personalempowerment

02/13/2021

A walk down memory lane...or rather Olympic Blvd ! This is a shot of the Da Wool Jung (The Korean Pavilion) urban design project that we helped design. This project took a total of 5 years of planning, fundraising, and hard work but was finally finished in 2006. This project was particularly important to us because of the cultural connection our head designer had to the project. This 5,00- sqft. pavilion celebrates South Korean culture and gives the community a distinguishable gateway monument as well as a place to sit and rest. Check out our website for more images and site plans:
https://www.sqlainc.com/urban-design
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02/12/2021

As Californian landscape designers, we love our natives! Not only are they extremely drought resistant, (especially SoCal species) but they come in an amazing array of unique shapes and colors.
Today we're highlighting the Sweet Acacia. This beautiful tree species is native to the deserts regions on the state. It grows exceptionally well in the Inland Empire where it can survive with little year-round rainfall. In the spring, this tree has the most spectacular golden blooms. This is a great tree to landscape with because it offers a vibrant accent color in addition to being drought resistant local that supports the native biodiversity. See the link below for more information on this lovely local:
https://inlandvalleygardenplanner.org/plants/acacia-farnesiana/
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#nativespecies #biodiversity #tree #californianatives #sweetacaia #droughtresistant #landscapearchitecture #environment #landscapedesign #nature #greenspace #resilientdesign #projectspotlight #designerperspectives #urbanplanning #commercialproject #orange #moderndesign #urbanlife #rooftops #citylife #cityviews #outdoors #wellness #health #nature #biophilia #placemaking #landscapelovers

02/12/2021

Water features are some of our favorite features to integrate into designs. Water fountains and ponds tend to generate interest and have a calming and soothing element to them. Because they are always moving and changing, water elements can offer the passerby a much needed change of scenery.
Water features are an SQLA favorite! See the link below to see one of our fountains we've designed:
https://www.sqlainc.com/residential-community
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#landscapearchitecture #environment #landscapedesign #nature #greenspace #resilientdesign #projectspotlight #designerperspectives #urbanplanning #commercialproject #orange #moderndesign #urbanlife #rooftops #citylife #cityviews #outdoors #wellness #health #nature #biophilia #placemaking #landscapelovers #koreatown #laarchitecture #restored #greencity #smartcitydesign #waterfeatures #elementsofdesign #water #movement

02/11/2021

Better days are on the horizon 🌿 💖
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Another shot of our work at the stunning Thompson Apartments. Before being a luxury apartment building, The Thompson used to be known as the Wilshire-Kenmore Building. First constructed in 1967, The Thompson design team worked hard to conserve and integrate some of the vintage architecture into the new design. In the same vein, our design for the roof-top space had to acknowledge the past and yet keeps itself open to what the future might hold. As COVID continues what is certain is that common outdoor space is going to be a huge priority for developers and designers alike. Social interaction is critical but we need to be able to do it safely. Challenges may lay ahead but we're looking forward to the opportunities we will have to creatively connect people to each other and their environments.
Stay tuned to our page as we will be posting most regularly and updating our website's blog soon!
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11/03/2020

Pool deck at #sunsetvinetower brought to life! #designbuild #landscapearchitecture #pooldeck #losangeles #sunsetboulevard

03/04/2019

Modern material and clean lines lead to this amazing outdoor entertaining space! #landscapephotography #landscapedesign #landscapearchitecture #designbuild #landistgroup

02/27/2019

Activated entertaining space during the day! Perfect summer hang out spot! #landscaperendering #landscapedesign #landscapearchitecture #lumion #

11/27/2017

Samuel Kim on Larchitect.org

Our founder, Samuel Kim, was featured in an episode on The Landscape Architecture Podcast! Check it out at http://larchitect.org/kim/

blog.feedspot.com 07/31/2017

Top 75 Landscape Architecture Blog List | Landscape Architecture Websites

SQLA's blog was featured as one of the Top 75 Landscape Architecture Blogs on the Internet by Feedspot.com! Thanks Feedspot!

blog.feedspot.com Landscape Architecture Site best list. Find information on Landscape Architecture ideas, trends, infrastructure, news, planning, urban design, new techniques, ecological urbanism, contractors, firms by following top landscape architecture blogs.

07/07/2017

black stainless steel & a desert palette for this special brentwood home

06/23/2017

6 Important Steps for Creating Your Garden Design

Designing the perfect garden starts before you plant your first seed

http://www.sqlainc.com/blog/post/6-important-steps-for-creating-your-garden-design

#gardens #itsnevertoolate #sqlalandscaping #landscaping

sqlainc.com Everyone wants to make their home look its best. Your home makes a statement about you, both i

06/23/2017

Better Homes & Gardens

Share your backyard with this simple DIY birdhouse.

06/23/2017

Better Homes & Gardens

It's never been this easy to add a little bit of rustic charm to your home!

06/23/2017

Better Homes & Gardens

These trendy products add a splash of style to any outdoor space.

06/23/2017

LandScape magazine

#inthegarden It's not too early to think about next year - sow perennial seeds now for a spring bloom. Try lupins and delphiniums.

04/19/2017

How Smart Landscape Designs Boost Your Business

Don't miss out on employee productivity with a ho hum landscape design
http://www.sqlainc.com/blog/post/how-smart-landscape-designs-boost-your-business
#landscapes #landscapedesign #commerciallandscaping

sqlainc.com It can be challenging for an urban landscape designer to explain how his landscape designs will h

03/16/2017

Our 1012 Second Street design project was featured in Westside Digs! This hundred-year-old craftsman cottage underwent renovation to accommodate a modern lifestyle, while maintaining its historic charm.

03/09/2017

Two of our design projects for K2LA, 685 New Hampshire & 680 Berendo won the Silver Award for Best Multi-Family Projects in the Commercial Real Estate Awards! This was featured in Los Angeles Business Journal.

09/30/2016

K2LA Apartment, 685 New Hampshire was featured in US Builders Review!

sqlainc.com 08/16/2016

5 Ways Landscape Design Can Reconnect Urban Dwellers With Nature

sqlainc.com Landscape design in urban settings has many challenges. Cities aren't usually planned out fro

08/02/2016

Our June Street Collection project made it into the July issue of Professional Builder Magazine! Thank you for the feature!

05/27/2016

The June Street Collection

A flyby of The June Street Collection - one of our design projects!

http://www.thejunestreetcollection.com/

website :: http://www.thejunestreetcollection.com Facebook :: https://www.facebook.com/The-June-St-... Phone :: 323-333-6222 822 N. June Street, Los Angeles,...

05/21/2016

ArchDaily

"Outdoor spaces are some of the least expensive to create and can pay some of the highest returns on investment—in terms of community life, health and wellness, and the generation of economic activity in surrounding areas."

05/15/2016

We completed constructing a small parklet on Madrona Street in Brea Downtown just in time for Brea Bonanza Days Country Music Festival! (going on today and tomorrow) Enjoy ^_^

www.atlasobscura.com 04/08/2016

What Are Bollards, and Why Are They So Beautiful?

www.atlasobscura.com Once you start looking for bollards, you will find them everywhere.

02/29/2016

We finished gate installation at Kenter!

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