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Shades of Green is a landscape architecture studio committed to promoting sustainable landscape practices through the creation of unique and innovative design solutions, integrating the landscape of humanity and nature for the benefit of both. We create unique landscapes by embracing both the physical and cultural contexts of the landscape as well as any elements specific to the project site.

Every project has its own challenges. Our approach is to study the existing natural systems for each site and to understand the opportunities that those systems present. By listening to our clients, we deliver practical and modern design solutions that meet both their needs and the environmental considerations of the site.


Shades of Green is a full-service landscape architecture office located in Sausalito, California. We focus on sustainable landscape design in both residential and commercial applications.

We have successfully collaborated on many projects involving multiple design disciplines as well as city and community organizations. Our services range from planning and master plans through implementation, including permit documents, concept design and design development, construction documents, technical specifications, bidding, and construction administration. The inclusion of our services in all phases of the process allows us to implement successful designs and provide the highest level of service to our clients.

Our work and design process emphasizes a holistic and thoughtful approach to each project. We strive to integrate sustainable systems such as green roofs and walls, site-appropriate plantings, and water conservation and recycling strategies into our projects. Many of our residential projects are “Build it Green” and LEED certified. We are also Bay Friendly Landscaping qualified since 2008.

The team at Shades of Green has broad experience designing both single- and multi-family residential, hospitality, and commercial projects throughout California, the United States, and Scandinavia.

  • Site Analysis
  • Conceptual and schematic design development, and construction documentation
  • Construction administration
  • Specification documents
  • Permitting services
  • Contractor selection, bid support, and construction contract negotiating
  • Project management

Affiliations and Memberships

ASLA members, Ive Haugeland is 2008 Northern California Chapter President

SPUR member

USGBC member, LEED educated professionals

Green Building Initiative member

Global Green member

Bay Area Green Business, Marin County, member