Over the course of his 35-year-career in landscape architecture, Rob Pressman has worked on five continents, designing a wide range of thoughtful, site-specific projects in Los Angeles and Jerusalem, Shanghai and Shenzhen, Melbourne and Monrovia (Liberia).
After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in the Conservation of Natural Resources from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Pressman set off for a decade, working on campus plans in Africa, open-space designs in Australia, and cultural landscapes in Israel, where he won Third Prize in a design competition for a memorial at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. Other notable projects in Israel include a Pilgrim’s Way Station along the Via Dolorosa at St. Stephen’s Gate in Jerusalem, and the archaeologically sensitive conversion of Sultan’s Pool, a 2,000-year-old reservoir, into a modern amphitheatre.
Pressman returned to the United States in 1984, where he worked on large-scale urban projects with EDAW, Inc., in Irvine, California, turning his focus to the design of large master-planned communities and residential projects when he joined the L.A. Group, Inc., in 1986, as a Principal.
Pressman opened his own firm, TGP, Inc. in 1994, with a focus on high-density, multi-family residential and mixed-use projects. Current projects include the park and courtyards for a transit-related development at the corner of Washington and National Boulevards in Culver City and a streetscape in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles.
Whether designing a residence on a challenging site in Los Angeles, or a large housing development in Shanghai, Mr. Pressman responds to the project’s individual challenges and characteristics, creating a distinctive product that takes into consideration both the setting and the culture.
Since winning First Prize in an invited international design competition for Bijiashan, a 350-acre regional park in Shenzhen, China, in 1999, Pressman continues to work on large residential projects in China from time to time.
Nanda RaghunathanLandscape Architect
Nanda Raghunathan brings over 10 years of international experience to TGP, Inc., working on a wide variety of projects, including urban streetscapes, school and college campuses, parks and outdoor environments for multi-family housing and institutions. He approaches this broad range of landscape projects through a creative and theoretical design lens. Backed by a personal passion for all things design, this methodology creates interesting and thought-provoking solutions. At TGP, his work includes assisting in all aspects of conceptual and detailed landscape design, project management and construction administration.
A registered landscape architect in the state of California and a LEED-accredited professional, Raghunathan is also a registered member of the Council of Architecture, India, and the Indian Society of Landscape Architects. He previously worked at AHBE landscape architects and The Collaborative West. He received his Master of Landscape Architecture from Virginia Tech in 2004 and his Bachelor of Architecture from University of Madras, India, in 1999.
Diane KernLandscape Designer
Diane Kern, senior landscape designer, has worked with Rob Pressman for more than 20 years as a project designer with particular skills in planting design and landscape construction detailing. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Virginia. Prior office experience includes Peridian, The Office of Pamela Burton, and The L.A. Group.
Dennis FriasCAD Draftsman
Dennis Frias, a CAD draftsman and computer network specialist, has been providing TGP, Inc. with CAD drafting skills for more than 10 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture and a Computer Science Certification from the University of the City of Manila, The Philippines.