John Northmore Roberts & Associates (JNRA) is a Landscape Architecture firm committed to ecologically-rooted, socially-conscious, holistic site planning and design. Since 1984, JNRA has designed poetically responsive and regenerative environments in both the public and private sectors. Our work has been awarded and recognized by AIA-COTE, ASLA, and LEED, and numerous other design, public, community, sustainability, contracting, and planning entities.

We are a core four-person firm committed to community design, multi-disciplinary collaboration, and enduring sustainability. We believe our designs have the responsibility and privilege to engage and respond to community inputs and values. Operating interchangeably as prime or sub-consultant on large design teams, the firm has a network of technical consultants on whose expertise to draw on per the custom needs of each project. Natural forces are the source inspiration for our work, resulting in ecologically integrated projects that are generally less expensive to build and require less maintenance.

A full-service landscape architecture firm, JNRA specializes in project design, master planning, construction documents, project management, construction review, budgets, land analysis, and public presentations. We have successfully designed environments for civic and historic landscapes, academic and institutional campuses, camps and campgrounds, botanical and residential gardens, socio-ecological restorations, and neighborhood, regional and national parks.

We maintain close relationship with U.C. Berkeley, with each member of the firm committed to nurturing the next generation of design professionals.

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Correction of the problems we faced would have to include a component that would repair and reverse damages that our society had wrought to the places we inhabit.

The essence of ecological design is the establishment of sustainable resilient natural processes that will support the natural wonders. It is not the design of the wonders themselves. It is a way of living with nature, rather than imposing one’s will on nature.

The simple validation of the creative work that they had already done fundamentally changed the dynamic of the project. They were empowered and stimulated to contribute to this new undertaking. This was the essence of Community Design.

The site will be an ecological recovery zone, knitted into the surrounding forests and streams, and fully accessible to all visitors. A living tribute to the visionary work of those who protected this place.
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Awards

4th Street Maker’s Row

Berkeley Design Advocates Award for Design Excellence, 2019

Gold Nugget Award of Merit, 2019

Yountville Town Center

AIA East Bay, Citation for Architecture, 2011

Savings by Design and the AIA California Council, Award of Honor, 2010

Julia Morgan Hall

California Preservation Fdn, Preservation Design Award, 2016

Petaluma River Access & Enhancement

American Planning Association, NSCC, Planning Implementation Award, 1997

Devonshire Park

City of Mountain View, Mayor’s Award for Landscape Design, 2008

Mercy Bush Neighborhood Park

City of Mountain View, Mayor’s Award for Landscape Design, 2003

U.S. House of Representatives, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, 2003

Poco Way Neighborhood Revitalization

California Redevelopment Association, Award of Excellence, 1998

Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition of Washington DC, Best Low-Income Tax-Credit Assisted Housing Project in the USA, 1997

Berkeley Arts District & Poetry Walk

The American Academy of Poets, National Poetry Landmark, 2004

Downtown Berkeley Association, President’s Award, 2003

Downtown Berkeley Association, Excellence in Partnership Award, 1995

Bayer Campus

Berkeley Design Advocates, Award of Excellence, 1995

AIA, Urban Design Excellence Award, 1992

 

Publications

Rapid Methane Oxidation in a Landfill Cover Soil, 1990.
Arts as Economic Catalyst, UrbanLandInstitute
Petaluma River Access & Enhancement Plan
North Waterfront Park Master Plan
1990.
Big Lagoon Restoration Alternatives and Environmental Assessment
NPS/GGNRA, 1993.
Creeks Restoration and Trails Master Plan
City of Walnut Creek, 1993.
Poem “one”
included in Addison Street Anthology, Robert Hass, editor, Heyday Press, Berkeley, CA 2004.
Gardens of an Historic Cowper Street Residence
Design History Foundation, sponsored by Pratt Institute, UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design and MIT School of Architecture and Planning, Vol. 17, no. 1, Spring 2005
Community Activism vs Community Design
Design History Foundation, sponsored by Pratt Institute, UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, and MIT School of Architecture and Planning, Vol. 20, no. 2, Summer 2008
A Socio-Ecologic Reminiscence, LANDSCAPE AT BERKELEY: THE FIRST 100 YEARS
Regents of University of California & College of Environmental Design, 2013

Press

Mercy Bush Park
Yelp
Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center
Architectural Record
King, John.  “Arts center at stage one.”
SFGATE
Harlan, Meghan, “The Quirky Heart of the East Bay
The New York Times
Burress, Charles. “City block, S.F. store honored by poets.
SFGATE
Vega, Cecilia M. “The word on the street: Poetry Walk event to feature lots of verse, anthology launch.
SFGATE
Addison Street not yet the arts hub planners sought – but Berkeley’s poetic license will never expire
SFGATE

John N. Roberts

PRINCIPAL

John N. Roberts, ASLA, the founder and Principal of the firm, has been a leader in the urban design and public arts renaissance in Berkeley, and is widely recognized for his work in natural system restoration, community design, and residential garden design. He has been in practice since 1972, teaches frequently at U.C. Berkeley, has lectured widely, and is actively engaged in local community affairs. He particularly enjoys sharing his varied personal interests and professional work with his children and young grandchildren.

CA Landscape Architect License #1690

Daniela Corvillon

PRINCIPAL

Daniela Pena Corvillon, joined the firm in 2013 after earning her MLA in Environmental Planning at UC Berkeley. Energetic and enthusiastic Daniela focuses on projects that are rooted in place and community, achieving complex solutions that reflect vision, imagination and deep ecological resilience. Daniela is a registered Architect in Chile and was a teaching assistant at UC Berkeley in architectural engineering and design studios.

CA Landscape Architect License #6926

Pin Yuan Wang

OFFICE MANAGER

Trained as a landscape architect and urban planner, Pin is a California licensed landscape architect with over 20 years of professional design and planning experience. After designing and managing public open and large commercial projects, she now applies her organizational skills to office administration. Her industry and computer aid technical expertise increase efficiency of the Newbury design collective operations. She enjoys swing dancing and travels to national dance events. She is the head organizer of SF Bal Haus, one of the most popular Balboa dance events in the Bay Area.

CA Landscape Architect License #6097