Brian Fletcher, ASLA
Callander Associates Landscape Architecture, Inc.
311 Seventh Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94401
"Looking back," Brian writes, "I literally stumbled into the profession of Landscape Architecture. It was my junior year in high school and the landscape contractor my family had been working with presented initial conceptual designs to the family. With the pungent smell of ammonia and alcohol in the air (byproducts of the blueprinting and coloring process), he proceeded to walk us through the plans. I loved the graphics, the color, the smell, and the design. It was art to me and I was hooked. I went on to study at Cal Poly where I fell in love with the studio environment, the camaraderie, collaboration and, most importantly, the design process. My studies culminated in 1994 with a degree and an ASLA National Honor Award for Excellence in the Study of Landscape Architecture -- both of which reaffirmed my commitment to the profession.
"After graduation I spent a short but influential period of time working for RRM Design Group, before joining Callander Associates in 1996. Since then I have had the privilege of working with a wide range of clients and communities helping to realize a wide variety of project types. From parks, trails, and streetscapes to signage programs, residential communities, and office buildings, I am continually amazed at the breadth of work we do.
"I now find myself as the President and CFO of Callander Associates with the opportunity and responsibility to shape the direction of the office and the careers of our staff. With three offices -- in San Mateo, Sacramento and San Jose -- this position can be challenging at times but I continue to be fascinated with the design process, amazed at the increasing role communication plays as part of that process, and excited each and every day I get to create projects that build community. I hope my participation on the LADAC provides me the opportunity to share my experiences with Cal Poly students. Oh, and by the way, I still love the smell of ammonia and markers…strange, I know."
Brian received his BS in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1994. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, The Urban Land Institute, and SPUR. He is a licensed Landscape Architect in California.