Landscape Architecture

Rana Creek integrates ecological principles and processes into the built environment to ensure that site and structure benefit the living systems and communities they are a part of.  We apply a unique ecological design framework informed by science on a range of scales in both urban and natural environments, driven by goals to improve building performance, biodiversity, habitat, watershed health, water conservation, carbon emissions reduction, human wellness, cultural and aesthetic value, return on investment and other benefits. Rana Creek serves residential, commercial, civic, institutional clients to create healthy and beautiful landscapes that uplift the human spirit, inspire the imagination, and welcome a great diversity of life.

Featured Projects

DEACERO 3M HEADQUARTERS

DEACERO 3M HEADQUARTERS

DEACERO 3M HEADQUARTERS

DEACERO 3M HEADQUARTERS

Living Architecture

Rana Creek has been a perennial pioneer in the design and construction of living architectural systems.  Our living wall and roof portfolio spans two decades and ranges from small-scale residential projects to large landmark installations including the California Academy of Sciences.  These living works of art enliven our urban environments while creating habitat and serving critical ecological functions of climate regulation, energy conservation, rainwater infiltration, water conservation, carbon sequestration, and more.  Water system and irrigation design is an integral part of Rana Creek’s approach to living architecture. Each living wall or roof we design and create is totally unique, and frequently becomes culturally iconic, representative of a commitment to sustainability, and a celebration of our  place in the natural world. 

In a nursery off the coast of Monterey, California, Rana Creek raises millions of plants each year. From there, many will be raised again, off their grids of soil and up onto roofs and walls, providing the living skins for architectural projects dotting the West, and now New York, Canada, and China.
— Thomas Travagli for Dwell, Jan 7th, 2013

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8800 WEST SUNSET BOULEVARD LIVING WALL

8800 WEST SUNSET BOULEVARD LIVING WALL

FIDDLER'S GREEN LIVING WALL

FIDDLER'S GREEN LIVING WALL

Master Planning

Rana Creek assists clients across the public and private sectors in conceiving the best possible short and long-term land use plans to achieve thriving and resilient landscapes and communities.  The planning process often includes creation of a G.I.S. (geographic information system) to assist interpretation of opportunities and constraints and aid understanding of landscape ecology, infrastructure, and cultural context. Phased planning is generated according to value-driven goals and desired performance metrics to improve ecological, social, and economic capacity and resilience.  Rana Creek has conducted conceptual planning, sustainability planning and landscape master plan work for neighborhoods, campuses, ecoresorts, and the island of Lanai.

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LANAI SUSTAINABILITY MASTER PLAN

LANAI SUSTAINABILITY MASTER PLAN

LANAI SUSTAINABILITY MASTER PLAN

Environmental Planning & Restoration

Rana Creek’s Environmental Planning Department excels in the assessment, restoration, and management of native California habitats  - from the Central Coast, to mountain and desert landscapes, to the urban interface. Our services include permit processing, multi-agency coordination, biological assessments, botanical surveys, G.I.S and spatial analysis, landscape restoration plans, mitigation & compliance monitoring, habitat conservation and resource management planning.  Project execution ranges from seed collection and native plant propagation, to planting, erosion control, irrigation, maintenance, monitoring, technical reporting, and adaptive management.  Our integrated design, planning, and restoration services provide practical solutions and help achieve permit compliance for a range of public and private clients.

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PACIFIC GROVE DUNE RESTORATION

PACIFIC GROVE DUNE RESTORATION

PACIFIC GROVE DUNE RESTORATION

PACIFIC GROVE DUNE RESTORATION

Landscape Construction

Rana Creek offers competitive landscaping and design-build services for traditional landscapes, living architecture, habitat restoration, and maintenance. From high-end residential sites, to sophisticated living roofs and walls, to large scale restoration projects, Rana Creek delivers professional, efficient and highly specialized installation services for a variety of landscapes in the public and private sector. A commitment to excellent craftsmanship and client satisfaction is inherent to our construction process, from start to finish. Our legacy and expertise in designing and installing living walls and roofs makes Rana Creek a seasoned and confident leader in the industry. 

Featured Projects

FIDDLER'S GREEN LIVING WALL

FIDDLER'S GREEN LIVING WALL

FIDDLER'S GREEN LIVING WALL

FIDDLER'S GREEN LIVING WALL

Nursery

Rana Creek Wholesale Nursery supplies a wide range of organically grown, native drought-tolerant plant material for the landscape, nursery, and contracting trades throughout the Western United States.  The nursery’s location in Carmel Valley boasts an exceptional growing climate, healthy soil, and acreage isolated from agricultural pests and diseases. Rana Creek’s plants thrive in a variety of microclimates and for many applications, including living architectural installations, traditional landscapes, erosion control, habitat restoration, phytoremediation, turf grass alternatives, and more.  Rana Creek Nursery has provided plants for a number of iconic projects, from the living roof at the California Academy of Sciences, to the 65-acre habitat restoration for the San Clemente Dam Removal on the Carmel River. 

I have an interest in those things that are tangible even though I’m involved in large-scale design and living architecture throughout North America and beyond. I still have an affinity to grow things and an affliction to see them built.
— Paul Kephart in Dwell’s 2013 article “Rana Creek: The Design Firm Bringing Architecture to Life”

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RANA CREEK NURSERY

RANA CREEK NURSERY

RANA CREEK NURSERY

RANA CREEK NURSERY