éStudio landscape architecture is a Woman Owned, Arizona based firm with one goal: to design socially and environmentally integrated spaces that are not only functional and beautiful but enriching to the human spirit. Our focus is providing sustainable environmental design services for public agencies, private-sector clients, and governments. Our design approach is to physically experience and explore the current social and environmental context of the place and to investigate its history in order to design appropriately for its people, environment and future economic growth. By designing with and around local ecology and climate, the outcome is a holistic space that will protect and restore the intrinsic nature of the space, is functional, safe and beautiful in its parts and as a whole.
Catalina Avila LaFrance
As the product of Mexican immigrant parents the highlight of my childhood was traveling by car from the Salinas Valley in California to central Mexico for 2-3 months yearly, for almost 15 years. My love for people and their relationship to the environment started during these travels, as I experienced and observed different ways of life. Combined with my family background in building, farming and gardening, I decided on a career in landscape architecture at a very early age, and was accepted directly into the landscape architecture program at UC Berkeley. Today, seeing the world with my husband and children is a must for personal growth, social awareness and action.
éSTUDIO was established by Catalina Avila LaFrance in 2013. Catalina received her Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley (2000-2004), and her Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona (2008-2010), with a focus on sustainable communities and tourism planning. Catalina also studied in Florence, Italy (2003), and at the National Autonomous University of Mexico City (UNAM) (2004).
I am currently registered as a Landscape Architect in the State of Arizona, also seeking registration in 3 neighboring states. I have practiced landscape architecture and planning for 15 years in Arizona, California and Mexico. My passion is education and creating culturally and ecologically sensitive environments that enrich our communities.