Valerie Conant, RLA

Director, Oakland Studio

Valerie’s passion is place-making with an emphasis on regional context, environmental stewardship, California native planting design, and stormwater awareness. She is a licensed landscape architect with twenty-three years’ experience on a wide range of projects, both public and private. Some of her strengths include thoughtful design; professional integrity; organizational expertise; enthusiasm; and adaptability. As a planner, writer, and graphic designer, she creates a project package to expedite the planning permit process. 


Valerie’s comfortable working rapport with the project team helps her pull together the decisive parts: the owner’s needs, community’s desires, cultural context, natural systems, and end-users’ satisfaction. She manages projects from concept to complete construction documentation and observation: handling budgets, billing, staffing, and scheduling. Visit her blog at



Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA



Registered Landscape Architect, California


"Creating outdoor places is the best thing about being a landscape architect. Each project is an opportunity to bring people closer to nature."