With over 40 years of experience, LRM is one of Southern California's most experienced and established landscape architectural and urban design practices. Under second generation leadership since 2001, we have uniquely merged our seasoned experience with youthful energy and inspiration. This advantageous interface fueled by a history of exceptional service, enables us to provide our clientele with innovative design thinking, environmentally sustainable construction solutions, as well as technically proficient documentation. To our projects, this renders meaningful and enduring landscape environments. To our clientele, this translates into an enjoyable and satisfying experience.

Our commitment to each commission has enabled LRM to complete a diverse body of successful work. For both the private and public sectors we have designed a myriad of project types ranging from intimate spaces and gardens to large scale parks and urban plazas. In the process, we have established a reputation for successfully completing complex projects bounded by budget and schedule realities. Within this framework, the firm has been recognized with design awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Urban Land Institute, and the American Institute of Architects, among others. More importantly, LRM has built a large body of loyal repeat clientele, the purest recognition of successful service.


Through a purposeful and guided business philosophy, LRM maintains an ideal mid-sized professional staff, capable of meeting the most rigorous of deadlines while at the same time maintaining high quality control standards through hands-on principal and senior staff involvement. Our dedicated staff is organized into studio teams that approach each project within a collaborative framework, inspiring thorough analysis and creative interaction, while providing consistency and authorship with each assignment.


The firm is lead by David Larkins, Managing Principal who brings over 30 years of award winning design and time tested project experience to each commission. David, along with Principal Charles Elliott, direct the firm's design and production studio. Equally important to their individual attributes, they share common goals and values and instill in their studio staff our mutual goal of providing the firm's clientele with unparalleled service.

David Larkins

Managing Principal

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Charles Elliott

Principal and Studio Director

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Kathy Wishard


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Brendan Bettwy

Director of Newport Beach Office

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