Gary Lai (PLA, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C) is an accomplished landscape architect and thought leader in sustainability, resiliency and conservation. Gary leverages three decades of design and planning experience to steer large, complex projects to successful completion. His interest in drawing and environmentalism led him to a field that he describes as the ‘architecture of living things’ with an immense potential to impact quality of life for future generations. Gary is dedicated to transforming public landscapes in any setting—civic to commercial, healthcare to housing, park to plaza, road to river—to enhance the social and ecological health of cities. In addition to his extensive expertise in sustainable design and water issues, his facilitation and communication skills enable him to focus and maximize the creative energies of project collaborators toward innovative, yet practical solutions. Given his range of work, there isn’t a problem that Gary hasn’t encountered, which makes him highly effective in resolving and clearing project road blocks. From concept to construction administration, Gary offers each project his considerable knowledge to ensure that client and community needs are addressed with lasting outcomes. His commitment to environmental advocacy is reflected in his teaching and speaking engagements, as well as his active involvement in the local professional sustainability community.
Director of Sustainability.