Nueva School

Educational Living Roof

In Hillsborough, Rana Creek Living Architecture worked with Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects on educational landscapes. A variety of living roofs have become a vibrant and innovative educational feature of the Nueva School Science and Library complex, making the 10,000 square feet of roofs a “living” library. Just as the books in a library are categorized by topic, title, and author, the plants on the living roof are organized into different zones designed for specific habitat, wildlife and ecological functions. Each zone serves native species that are critical to supporting the biodiversity of the San Mateo County and the Bay Area.  For example, one zone provides habitat for the endangered Myrtle Silverspot Butterfly, endemic to the central coast. Another zone provides shelter and a year-round nectar source for migratory birds, while yet another habitat community is comprised of host plants for native bee species. Rana Creek Living Architecture is thrilled that this urban habitat restoration project contributes to the Nueva School science classes, incorporating the living roof and campus restoration into classroom research projects and curriculum.

National ASLA Honor Award, 2010, California Council of American Institute of Architects’ “Honor Award for Energy and Sustainability”, 2008 , AIA Committee on the Environment “Top Ten Green Projects” Award, 2008





Nueva School


Hillsborough, CA


Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, LMS Architects