WERK / Charles Anderson Landscape Architecture (CALA), is a regional, national, and international, Phoenix-based landscape architecture practice. The design firm founded by Charles Anderson, FASLA, is dedicated to the creation places for civic expression which reveal ecological and social phenomena, processes, and relationships.
CALA is essentially a collection of works and collaborations with amazing architects, landscape architects, artists, clients, staff, and other designers. Never willing to settle, we seek new collaborations in close and far flung places, in pursuit of and "Grabbing the Brass Ring."
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 program to site analysis, design development, construction documents, bidding and on-site construction administration. We provide creative, efficient, and highly personalized professional services in the art and science of landscape architecture.
Charles Anderson, FASLA, MLA Harvard, BSLA WSU
Practicing landscape architect for over 30 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, he continues to hone his penchant for teaching and query into the 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