SQLA Inc., Square Los Angeles Inc., is a Landscape Architecture, Site planning and Urban Design firm dedicated to the art and craft of creating engaging environments with lasting presence for living, work and play.
Established by Samuel K. Kim in 1996, SQLA Inc. provides a full range of landscape architectural design services including site planning, urban design, site-specific design, construction documents, construction observation, administration, construction management and design/build. Under Samuel’s leadership, the studio has employed inventive and creative design solutions to projects at a wide range of scales from large multi-family residential communities, to universities, commercial centers, intimate residential gardens, and meticulously crafted sculptural works.
Whether real, abstracted or virtual, we believe with a passion that nature is essential for healthy, resilient human environments. We design richly layered landscapes that are infused with natural, cultural and healing elements that foster social sustainability and enrich the spirit.
We are a process driven studio. Through creative explorations, we seek hands-on knowledge of the physical and psychological qualities of the raw materials of our trade through the process of designing and constructing sculptural works. Through these studies, we gain not only profound material intimacy, but also the technical skills to understand how elements of the earth and man-made raw materials may be layered, abstracted, assembled, or fabricated to produce artful and meaningful outcomes. This strong understanding of materiality and build ‘know how’ gives us an edge from conceptualization through realization, and forms the backbone for our design/build and construction services; which in turn, informs insightful knowledge in the design process.
We approach design as the art and craft of sculpting space. Be it communal gathering space, a private outdoor room or a garden sanctuary, we use the raw materials of nature—plants, water, rock, gravel and wood—to define and create spaces that influence our emotions, thoughts and realities, intensifying and enriching our experience of a place.
We design with life, creating spaces where life happens. Whether space for joyful celebration, contemplation, immersion, or play, we embrace the process of becoming and invite the heavens to transform them into places that continuously engage our senses, and ultimately, fill our spirits with that ineffable sense of being...
We are an award-winning studio focused on design for engagement, immersion, play and ultimately as a backdrop for life and a stage where life happens. Our excellence in design has been recognized in numerous design competitions, award programs and publications.