Landscape Architecture Garden Design California San Francisco Sonoma
Through thoughtful design, this overgrown hillside was transformed into a lovely and opulent “jewel box” garden.
To improve the connection between the outdoor space and house, the lower yard was raised and the entire space was divided into an upper terrace and lower garden.
Colorful plants, playful paving, custom fire and water features, and an old cantina sign create a whimsical and informal atmosphere.
An existing evergreen dogwood which provides privacy and attracts parrots from nearby Telegraph Hill was preserved. The garden provides room for play and relaxation in a limited space.
Ive is a licensed Landscape Architect and the Principal at Shades of Green.
She began her career in Norway, her country of origin. After earning her Master’s of Landscape Architecture from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ive worked for the Public Roads Administration to design environmentally sensitive infrastructure in the vulnerable fjord and coastal landscapes of western Norway. She then joined Kalve & Smedsvig Landscape Architects, an award-winning firm in Bergen. There she worked as a project manager and lead designer on a variety of public and commercial projects.
Ive moved to California in 2000. She spent four years working at APDW, where she designed and managed large-scale projects including hospitality, master planning, and mixed-use projects. She also worked closely with SWA Group as a consultant on international projects, competitions, and multi-family housing projects. She received her professional license in 2003.
Ive founded Shades of Green in 2004. As Principal, Ive applies her passion for beautiful design and sustainable landscape practices. She draws inspiration from nature, contemporary fashion, and her Scandinavian background. Ive brings modern simplicity and creative flair to each and every Shades of Green design.
Landscape Architect, California (CA #4784)
Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Master of Landscape Architecture, 1995
Bay Friendly Landscape 2008
Rainwater Certified Professional (ARCSA)
ASLA Northern California
2005 – 2009 Board Member & Director Lecture Series
2003 – Present Member of ASLA
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. B.L.A.
WATG and Wimberly Interiors, Intern. 2017, 2018
Southern California ASLA Student Honor Award 2020
American Society of Landscape Architects
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. B.L.A. with Honors
Minor in Sustainable Environments
Callander Associates, Assistant Designer
Tyler was the most amazing business partner and friend. She was fearless and determined while being fun, loyal, down to earth, and the life of the party. She was a whirlwind of fun, charm, and energy, but also smart, hardworking, intelligent, compassionate, and sturdy as a rock.
Tyler was passionate about sustainability. We went to classes and courses to learn about water harvesting, bay friendly landscaping practices, storm water methods, and more. She made sure we implemented sustainable materials, methods, and practices into our projects. She loved her Bay Area community and found ways to be of service, such as taking on a leadership role in Spur’s Green Roof task force and volunteering as a Planning Commissioner in Mill Valley.
For the years that we ran Shades of Green together, we had so much fun. We created the work environment that we wanted. That meant we had our dogs in the office, we took breaks to go hiking or to go to yoga, we discussed ideas, helped push each other along, chatted about everything, laughed a lot, and worked hard creating a culture of collaboration.
We had our ups and downs. Some of the ups were getting the Sunset Idea houses, being published in magazines, getting a celebrity client, and seeing gardens materialize beautifully through the building process. Some of the downs were not getting some projects we really wanted, seeing our office burn down, and then Tyler’s cancer that came back again and again.
Tyler’s strength and determination through her fight with cancer was incredible. She didn’t give up. She did everything she could to get well. She kept her spirit and light until the end, and she could also joke about it and comfort others.
Even if Tyler’s life became way shorter that it should have been, she lived more than most people. She crammed so much life, joy, and friends into those 35 years. She is an inspiration to all of us how to live life to its fullest, and she will continue to live in our hearts.
Tyler was creating gardens, both literally and spiritually. It is nice to know that Tyler’s gardens will grow and thrive and live on. We will continue to create beautiful and thoughtful gardens in Tyler’s honor.
University of Washington, College of Built Environments, MLA 2013
University of California, Berkeley, BA with Honors, Legal Studies
Harris Design Landscape Architecture, Landscape Designer, 2014-2015
IUCI – Informal Urban Communities Initiative, Participatory Design Facilitator, 2012-2013
ASLA Student Honor Award, Student Collaboration Category (IUCI) 2014
SEED Award for Excellence in Public Interest Design (IUCI) 2014
ASLA National Student Honor Award 2013
University of California, Berkeley, LA Highest Honors 2000
University of Massachusetts, MA 1995-1997, AS Plant and Soil Sciences
Massachusetts College of Art, MA 1993-1995, Graphic Design
SWA Group, Associate Designer /Project Manager, 2013-2016
Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, Designer /Project Manager, 2011-2013
PWP Landscape Architecture, Associate Designer /Project Manager, 2002-2013
ASLA Certificate of Honor, 2000
Departmental Citation, University of California at Berkeley, 2000
CED Alumni Association Achievement Award, University of California at Berkeley, 2000
Second Prize, San Francisco Garden Club Design Competition, 2000
Beatrix Ferrand Scholarship, University of California at Berkeley, 1999
Phoebe Hearst Scholarship, University of California at Berkeley, 1999
University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Fine Arts, MLA
SUNY, Binghamton, MA – History of Art and Architecture
I.C.U., Tokyo, Japan, MA – Comparative Cultures
I.C.U., Tokyo, Japan, BA – Humanities
Freelance Designer, 2011 – 2014
Tom Leader Studio, Associate 2004 – 2011
SWA Group, Sausalito, Landscape designer, 2001 – 2004
Narendra Juneja Faculty Medal, University of Pennsylvania, 2001
U.C. Berkeley 2013
Lecturer: INLAND program and LA 134: Digital Media
U.C. Davis 2012
Lecturer: LDA 191 Urban Design Studio. “Transient Landscapes and Urban Design”
Academy of Arts 2011 -2012
LAN 658 “Landscape, Theory & Design”