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Arterra Landscape Architects

San Francisco
Photo: Christopher Stark

Regions Served

  • San Francisco & Bay Area

Arterra is a full-service landscape architecture firm specializing in contemporary, sustainable design. We collaborate with our clients and their design team, providing imaginative solutions and clear communication.

The Arterra Team is a diverse and slightly quirky group of creative and nerdy individuals. We are dedicated to the art and the craft of our profession. We consider it an honor and a privilege to do the work we do — and we do it well.

We share ideas and inspiration in our beautiful, open studio space, where design ideas come to life. We are dedicated to doing sustainable work, and living sustainable lives.

Our greatest achievement is creating a meaningful and sustainable landscape legacy. We welcome your queries and commissions.

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  • Kate Stickley and Gretchen Whittier


  • 88 Missouri St.
    San Francisco, CA

Featured Projects

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Inspired by the Land

Our mission was to return 40-acres logged in the 1800s to its natural state. Woodland revitalization, extraction of non-native plants, grasslands restoration, and rainwater collection created this rural retreat. This thoughtful restoration of the land informed the refined material palette of the home and landscape.

The house was designed with windows that open up into an open-air pavilion connecting the pool to the firepit above the sparkling lights of Healdsburg.

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Vintner's View

This weekend basecamp in Healdsburg is sited mid-slope in a 33-acre working vineyard to take advantage of sweeping views of the Dry Creek Valley. The home was terraced into two levels allowing an easy, relaxing transition to the landscape and minimizing the construction footprint.

Concrete, wood and corten steel provide the base for the building. Beds of native grasses, perennials, culinary herbs and roses blend the house into the vineyard.

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fragrant lavender leads the way up the path to the home 22
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Poppies in Paradise

We designed a new landscape to integrate a new contemporary home with the site’s existing architecture. We studied the previous materials and concrete finishes to create a seamless transition to the new hardscape. The design unites a modern and more natural aesthetic for a wonderful client who is an enthusiastic gardener.
See more at Poppies in Paradise, by Michelle Slatalla

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