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 design services for private sector clients and public agencies. 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, while being functional, safe and beautiful.
Registered Landscape Architect and firm in the State of Arizona
City of Phoenix SBE Certified Firm (Small Business Enterprise)
ADOT DBE Program (Arizona Department of Transportation, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise)
Native speaker of English and Spanish
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). She is a Landscape Architect in the State of Arizona, also seeking registration in 3 neighboring states. Catalina has practiced landscape architecture and planning for 18 years in Arizona, California and Mexico. Her passion is education and creating culturally and ecologically sensitive environments that enrich our communities.
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