CALA is a regional, national, and international, Phoenix-based landscape architecture practice. The design firm founded by Charles Anderson, FASLA, is focused on the goal of creating places for civic expression which reveal ecological and social phenomena, processes, and relationships. This strategic partnership brings together vanguard design with youthful energy and with decades of field tested practice. CALA has an extensive record of award-winning multi-disciplinary park, plaza, and open space projects. Many of our projects involve extensive public participation, including collaborations with community and neighborhood groups and public presentations. Examples of our civic-scale projects include the 2 acre Anchorage Museum Common, the 8.5 acre Olympic Sculpture Park for the Seattle Art Museum on Seattle’s downtown waterfront, enormous scaled projects like 500 acre Metropolitan Park in Athens Greece and the 2,400 acre, International Peace Garden Project Canada/USA. Whether small or large, our work is always tailored to the people who will use it.
Our commitment to art, ecology, and the exploration of landscape form is complemented by an extensive background in all levels of the design and construction process, from site analysis and master planning to design development, construction documents, bidding and on-site construction review. We provide creative, efficient, and highly personalized professional services in the art and practice of landscape architecture.
Practicing landscape architect for over 25 years, Charles Anderson has crafted numerous award-winning projects recognized for their ability to integrate art, nature and cultural elements. With degrees in Landscape Architecture from Washington State University and Harvard and a penchant for teaching, he continues his query of art and science on his chosen profession. His work is grounded in horticulture and ecology which forms the basis for an evolving body of work that highlights the transformative processes of ecological systems, creating socially-relevant spaces and galvanizing the energy of others to advocate for landscape and open space.
There are two distinct threads that are part of every project and which also define the trajectory of the larger body of work. The first is a genuine love of nature, rooted from growing up out-of-doors, on the rolling plains of North Dakota. The second is a passion for the arts, particularly land art, and sculpture. Pivotal are the works of Robert Smithson and James Turrell who share a fascination with the study of light, landscape as art, and metamorphosis. The love of wild landscapes and contemporary art inform the work philosophically and provide a lens through which the projects can be understood. Using a palette of predominantly native plants and materials, Charles brings wild, dynamic landscapes into the city—elevating the “wild garden” to urban art.
Arizona Landscape Architect License #63436, Licensed in California and Washington State
Selected Projects:• The Hellinikon Master Plan Development, 1,500-acre redevelopment, Athens, Greece• Metropolitan, 500-acre park and heart of The Hellinikon Project, Athens, Greece• Wellspring Park, 129-acre park, Goodyear, Arizona• Metropolis, Condo, Hotel and Retail Complex, Los Angeles, CA (under construction)• Ivy Station, TOD, Condo, Hotel and Retail Complex, Culver City, CA (under construction)• Belmont Pool Facility, Long Beach, CA• Ford Factory, Redevelopment of Factory into Office Space, Los Angeles, CA (under construction)• Goodyear Community Health and Wellness Park, Arizona, Current project• American Museum of Natural History, Arthur Ross Terrace, New York, NY• Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, AK• Metropolis, Condo, Hotel and Retail Complex, Los Angeles, CA (under construction)• Ivy Station, TOD, Condo, Hotel and Retail Complex, Culver City, CA (under construction)• Belmont Pool Facility, Long Beach, CA• University of Oregon: John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes (Nike/Phit), Eugene, OR• Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, USA• Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA• Zhongkai Sheshan Villas, Shanghai, China• Kingdoms of Discovery, Dalian, China• 2008 Olympics Competition, Beijing, China• Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, WA• South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CARegistration: Arizona, California, Washington Education:Harvard University, Master of Landscape Architecture, 1985Washington State University, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 1981Dakota College, Associates in Landscape Management, 1978 Affiliations:University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, Adjunct, 2016UCLA, Landscape Architecture Instructor, Los Angeles, California, 2014-2015University of Southern California, Visiting Professor 2013/2014Adjunct Professor, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 2009-2013Lecturer and Design Critic, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 2007Commissioner, Seattle Design Commission 2003 - 2005Advisor, Seattle Arts Council 2003Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects 2005 Selected Awards:• International Peace Garden Tower Competition, 1st and 2nd place, 2016• ASLA Southern California, Merit Award, Anchorage Museum Expansion, 2013• International Peace Garden Tower Competition, 1st and 2nd place, 2016• ASLA Southern California, Merit Award, Anchorage Museum Expansion, 2013• Cooper Hewitt, nominated National Design Award, 2009• 5th European Biennial of Landscape Architecture, Barcelona Spain, Exhibition: “New American Landscape,” Featuring the Olympic Sculpture Park, 2008• WASLA Design Award, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, 2008• ASLA National Design Award, Olympic Sculpture Park, 2007• ASLA National Design Award, Tables of Water (House of Light), 2006• Seattle Design Commission and Mayor’s Commendation Award, Olympic Sculpture Park, 2005• Olympic Sculpture Park Featured in “Groundswell: Constructing the Contemporary Landscape” Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, NY, 2005• 1st Place Bellingham Art + Children’s Museum (Whatcom Museum), Design Competition, 2005• ASLA National Design Honor Award, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, 2005• WASLA Design Honor Award for Works in Progress, Satsop Master Plan, 2005• ASLA National Design Merit Award, The Trillium Projects, 2004• ASLA National Design Merit Award, Arthur Ross Terrace, 2003 Selected Publications:• “Greek Revival” Feature article on Hellinikon, Athens, Greece, Landscape Architecture Magazine, March 2016• “Ducks Welcome, A Sublime Pool Doubles the Beauty of a New Campus Building in Oregon” Landscape• Architecture Magazine, February 2011• Landscape Architecture @ USA, PACE Beisi Studio, Guangzhou, China, January 2011• “ Whatcom Museum – Lightcatcher” Landscape Architecture Magazine, October 2010• “Seattle Designer has a Renaissance in North Dakota.” Daily Journal of Commerce, April 2008. “Landscape Grounded in Northwest Natural History.” Daily Journal of Commerce, January 2007. “Trillium Projects.” International New Landscape, April 2006, pp. 78-82.• “Art Meets Frisbees in North Seattle Park.” Daily Journal of Commerce, April 22, 2004.• “Celestial Landscapes.” Architecture+, July 2004, pp. 96-97.• “Olympic Sculpture Park: A Northwest Collage.” Daily Journal of Commerce, April 10, 2003.• “An Evergreen Manifesto.” Daily Journal of Commerce, April 18, 2002.• “Inviting Nature Back into the Neighborhood.” Daily Journal of Commerce, April 19, 2001.• “Urban Ecology, or Expressing Nature in the City.” Daily Journal of Commerce, April 20, 2000. “Urban Wetlands: Another Approach.” Daily Journal of Commerce, August 19, 1999.• “Time Travel on the Terrace.” Daily Journal of Commerce, April 1, 1999.• “Cliff Dwelling: Landscape Architects Re-create a Northwest Landscape in the City.” Enlow, Clair.• Landscape Architecture, February 2008, pp. 74-81.• “Wandering Ecologies: The Landscape Architecture of Charles Anderson” by Julie Deker, July 2011• Native Plant Alliance-Manual of Native Plant Communities. Cascade Biomes, 1995-199• Featured in the book, 1000X Landscape Architecture. Drew, Hank. Braun, 2009.• “WASLA Awards Highlight Local Landscape Restoration.” DJC, June 18, 2008. Stahl, Dean.• “The Beauty of Basic | Spare Equals Serenity.” The Seattle Times, May 18, 2008.• “It’s a New Museum Piece.” Anchorage Daily News, Roth, Bill. April 25, 2008.• “Scaling Up: For Gardens with Real Vision, See the Trees.” Easton, Valerie. The Seattle Times, April 6, 2008.• “Practice in China: CALA.” Urban Space Design Magazine, January 2008, pp. 42-44.• “Sculpture Park Groundcover.” Easton, Valerie. The Seattle Times, February 7, 2007.• “Design Achievement Awards, Seattle Homes and Lifestyles, Rowe, Lindsay. October 2007, pp 74-78.• "Art in the Open." Landscape Architecture Magazine, Enlow, Clair. August 2007.• “An Urban Incarnation of the Native Landscape: Olympic Sculpture Park.” Landscape Design, July 2007, pp. 32-38. Enlow, Clair.