Cheryl Barton

Cheryl Barton, RLA, FASLA, FAAR, LEED AP
Founding Principal


Cheryl Barton is a landscape architect, sustainable sites educator and the creative director of the O|CB studio in San Francisco, which she founded in 1994. She has established a national reputation for the seamless integration of design excellence and environmental intelligence in her work. Her approach is collaborative and idea-driven—based on the belief that landscape is a powerful medium that can transform human values as well as create inspiring physical settings.

Ms. Barton received a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Design School and a BA in Fine Arts and Geology. She holds a CLARB national registration and is also registered in California, Virginia, Arizona, Oregon and Nevada. She is a Fellow and Past President of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a recipient of the prestigious 2003-2004 Rome Prize. A member of the USGBC and a LEED Accredited Professional, she has taught Sustainable Site Planning and Landscape Design workshops at the Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco, and a ‘Green-on-Brown’ studio in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at UC Berkeley. An internationally known lecturer and visiting critic, she was a Principal and Director of the Design Studio at EDAW Inc., in San Francisco prior to founding her firm. She began her career as a designer in the Office of Dan Kiley.

Ms. Barton’s award-winning work has been published in Places Magazine, Green Source, Land Forum, Architecture, Process Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, Landscape Journal, Urban Land International, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle-Examiner, the Los Angeles Times and Business Week. It has also been exhibited at Wave Hill and the Urban Center in New York, the Limn Gallery and the deYoung Museum in San Francisco, the AIA/MOMA gallery in San Francisco and at the American Academy in Rome. She was recently featured in the award winning documentary ‘Women in the Dirt: Landscape Architects Shaping California’.

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