LISA HOWARD, Principal


Lisa Howard is a licensed California landscape architect, certified playground safety inspector and founding Principal of Bay Tree Design. She has been providing expertise in planning and design of public, institutional and residential landscapes for almost twenty years and has a master’s degree in landscape architecture. Lisa is an expert facilitator, and has helped numerous groups come to consensus on difficult open space and school grounds issues. She is currently serving on the Leadership Council for the International School Grounds Alliance sustaining an interest in remaking children’s outdoor areas that are alive with variety and challenge. Ms. Howard’s work reflects her range of interests with consistent focus on landscapes that are rooted in ecological systems and cultural history, children’s spaces, visible green architecture, and community-based design. 


OUSD Central Commissary and Farm, Oakland, CA

SFUSD, 2006 Bond Master Planning (14 of 29 schools), San Francisco, CA

Stanford Educational Farm, Palo Alto, CA

Palm Beach Day Academy, Lower Campus, West Palm Beach, FL

Walden Center & School, Berkeley, CA

Mills College Children’s School K-5 Yard, Oakland CA

IPS/Butler University Lab School, Indianapolis, ID

Starr King Elementary School, San Francisco, CA

Phoenix Garden, Youth Services Center, San Mateo, CA

Native California Interpretive Site, Redding, CA*

Sustainable Cemetery Conceptual Study, Perris Valley, CA

Eagle Housing, Alameda CA

Spring Brook Court Private Garden, St. Helena, CA

Rubinfeld Private Garden, Berkeley, CA*

Brick Private Garden, Berkeley, CA*

(* indicates projects that were completed as a member of another design firm)


University of California, Berkeley, Design Studio Instructor, 1996

              Nature School Conference, Evergreen, Toronto - Children’s Realm

              S.F. Nature Network, Out on a Limb

               International Conference for Southwest Coastal National Scenic Area of Taiwan, Green schoolyards

San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance 2010 Conference, Green schoolyard Master Planning


University of California, Berkeley, Master of Landscape Architecture, 1996

California State University, Northridge, Bachelor of Arts (Art), 1993


Licensed Landscape Architect, State of California, No. 5054

Certified Playground Safety Inspector, No. 21628-0416

Qualified Bay-Friendly Landscape Design Professional


ASLA, Certificate of Merit, 1996

U.C. Berkeley Eisner Prize in Landscape Architecture, Honorable Mention, 1996


International School Grounds Alliance, Steering Committee member

San Francisco Children in Nature Forum, Past Advisory Committee member Children’s Community Center, Past Board member

California Native Plant Society, Past Legislative Committee member

Berkeley Design Advocates, Past Board member