Gary W. Garcia


Gary Garcia was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. Gary pursued his interests after high school by enrolling in Santa Monica Community College’s (SMC) Architecture program. He completed SMC’s two-year program in 2003.

In fall 2005, Gary transferred to the Architecture/Landscape/Interiors program at Otis College of Art and Design earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2008.

In fall 2008, Gary pursed his interests and concerns at the graduate level in a Master of Landscape Architecture degree at the University of Southern California. Completed in 2011 as part of his studies, Gary developed a Directed Design Research entitled “Receptive Spaces: Abandoned lots caused by the Los Angeles riots of 1992.

Gary has worked professionally throughout his undergraduate and graduate studies. Interning with SWA Group and currently employed with Earth Asia Design group an international design firm in the fields of landscape architecture, planning and urban design. Collaborating with all stages of design, primarily in Concept and Schematic Development. Including diagrams, renderings, models, and presentations.

Gary believes his current success comes from challenging and exploring the interface of the spatial design fields within the climate of political negotiation, social/cultural trends, infrastructure and ecological strategies. Resulting in a reformed and enhanced approach of creating urban environments and experiences.


Finalist WPA 2.0 (SE) International Design Competition 2009
First Place EDPA Foundation Design Competition 2007
Second Round ULI Student Urban Design Competition 2010
School Representative Angelo Donghia Foundation Competition 2007
Exhibitor Spring Green Expo Los Angeles 2010
Exhibitor WPA 2.0 Symposium Washington DC 2009
Exhibitor 2x8 : Shift AIA Los Angeles 2008
Collaborator Hollywood Freeway Central Park 2010
TV Interview: NBC 4 Local News - Adrianna Bachan Memorial 2009
TV Interview: Current TV - Young Innovators Segment 2010
Publishing Credit: Landscape Infrastructure: Case Studies by SWA 2010
Publishing Credit: Representing Landscapes: A Visual Collection of Landscape Architectural Drawings


  • Urban Design + Research + Architecture + Landscape


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