Our Team

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Office of Cheryl Barton (O|CB) is a nationally recognized design leader in the shift toward a more sustainable future through landscape architecture and green urbanism. Since the firm’s inception in 1994, we have been committed to the creation of healthy cities, robust ecologies, and beautiful, habitable spaces; integrating a strong design ethic with the principles of regenerative thinking. 
    
O|CB works across a broad range of project scales, from dynamic landscapes in cities and campuses; to green infrastructure on urban brownfield sites; to the cultural landscapes of national parks and World Heritage properties; to intimate, artistic and evocative spaces. Our clients are municipalities, universities, cultural facilities, non-profit institutions, public agencies and corporations, all of whom are interested in deepening their relationship with the natural world and in building community connectivity.


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 and Oregon. 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’.

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 and Oregon. 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’.

MEGHEN QUINN, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP, Principal Meghen Quinn provides expertise in conceptualization, design, and construction of institutional, commercial, and public landscapes of a variety of types and scales. Her project experience includes working with derelict and adaptive reuse sites, as well as performance-based site systems. Her work reflects a range of interests with a consistent focus on expressing the context of the site and its history, natural systems, and inhabitants. After leaving a career in corporate advertising, Ms. Quinn discovered an affinity for the intellectual rigor of landscape architecture and a belief that thoughtful, wellcrafted design can truly improve our world. Prior to joining OCB, Ms. Quinn founded Quinn Landscape Architects in 2012.  She also worked as a senior designer and project manager on award winning civic and institutional projects at Sasaki Associates and Hargreaves Associates.  She’s versed in managing project teams of all sizes and collaborating with a broad and diverse group of stakeholders.

MEGHEN QUINN, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP, Principal

Meghen Quinn provides expertise in conceptualization, design, and construction of institutional, commercial, and public landscapes of a variety of types and scales. Her project experience includes working with derelict and adaptive reuse sites, as well as performance-based site systems. Her work reflects a range of interests with a consistent focus on expressing the context of the site and its
history, natural systems, and inhabitants.

After leaving a career in corporate advertising, Ms. Quinn discovered an affinity for the intellectual rigor of landscape architecture and a belief that thoughtful, wellcrafted design can truly improve our world. Prior to joining OCB, Ms. Quinn founded Quinn Landscape Architects in 2012.  She also worked as a senior designer and project manager on award winning civic and institutional projects at Sasaki Associates and Hargreaves Associates.  She’s versed in managing project teams of all sizes and collaborating with a broad and diverse group of stakeholders.

PAUL SIERON, Managing Principal With a background in architecture and over 30 years of experience in landscape architecture, Paul Sieron brings a commitment to ecological principles and an extraordinary depth of technical knowledge to O|CB and its clients.  Previously a Senior Partner at PWPLA, his experience encompasses a broad range of project types, both in the United States and internationally, with diverse client organizations, multi-disciplinary design teams, and contractors.  Mr. Sieron’s management and quality control skills have guided the conceptualization and implementation of numerous evocative and enduring landscapes.  Among his most complex projects are the Novartis Campus in Basel, UT Dallas, The Huntington Education and Visitor Center, and Stanford in Redwood City.

PAUL SIERON, Managing Principal

With a background in architecture and over 30 years of experience in landscape architecture, Paul Sieron brings a commitment to ecological principles and an extraordinary depth of technical knowledge to O|CB and its clients.  Previously a Senior Partner at PWPLA, his experience encompasses a broad range of project types, both in the United States and internationally, with diverse client organizations, multi-disciplinary design teams, and contractors.  Mr. Sieron’s management and quality control skills have guided the conceptualization and implementation of numerous evocative and enduring landscapes.  Among his most complex projects are the Novartis Campus in Basel, UT Dallas, The Huntington Education and Visitor Center, and Stanford in Redwood City.

LAURA CINCOTTA, CDFA, Senior Associate Laura Cincotta is Studio Director and Senior Associate at Office of Cheryl Barton. She earned an MFA in Painting from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna, Italy and a BA from Wellesley College. With O|CB since 2010, Ms. Cincotta develops and refines the operational systems that underpin a collaborative, client-focused studio culture. Managing marketing, accounting and human resource efforts and staff, she excels in organizational metrics, artful communication and creative diplomacy. An active member of the Society of Design Administration, she is fascinated by what makes A/E firms flourish as they fulfill their design mission. In addition to studio operations, Laura oversees responses to RFPs and RFQs. Please send any new business leads to her attention at bd@toocb.com.

LAURA CINCOTTA, CDFA, Senior Associate

Laura Cincotta is Studio Director and Senior Associate at Office of Cheryl Barton. She earned an MFA in Painting from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna, Italy and a BA from Wellesley College. With O|CB since 2010, Ms. Cincotta develops and refines the operational systems that underpin a collaborative, client-focused studio culture. Managing marketing, accounting and human resource efforts and staff, she excels in organizational metrics, artful communication and creative diplomacy. An active member of the Society of Design Administration, she is fascinated by what makes A/E firms flourish as they fulfill their design mission.

In addition to studio operations, Laura oversees responses to RFPs and RFQs. Please send any new business leads to her attention at bd@toocb.com.

JAN EIESLAND, RLA, Senior Associate Jan Eiesland has fifteen years of experience working in landscape architecture and urban design. A licensed landscape architect, she brings a strong design, construction and project management background to O|CB.  Ms. Eiesland’s professional experience has centered on the public realm and her interests lie in the creation of public spaces where people can interact with their community and reconnect with the natural environment, such as waterfronts, parks, urban connections, bikeways and trail systems.  She has worked on a wide range of civic, education and streetscape projects, and has strength in both supervising and collaborating with design teams from schematic design through construction.

JAN EIESLAND, RLA, Senior Associate

Jan Eiesland has fifteen years of experience working in landscape architecture and urban design. A licensed landscape architect, she brings a strong design, construction and project management background to O|CB.  Ms. Eiesland’s professional experience has centered on the public realm and her interests lie in the creation of public spaces where people can interact with their community and reconnect with the natural environment, such as waterfronts, parks, urban connections, bikeways and trail systems.  She has worked on a wide range of civic, education and streetscape projects, and has strength in both supervising and collaborating with design teams from schematic design through construction.

JORGE D. ABICH, RLA, LEED AP, Associate Jorge D. Abich leads our documentation and field observation team.  Licensed in Florida and California, Mr. Abich excels in the development of design documentation and in quality control and construction observation, which has led to the successful implementation of many projects including high end residential, international resorts, campuses and large scale urban projects.  His zeal for optimizing the work effort and effectiveness ensures our systems are constantly evolving.  Mr. Abich thrives on interacting with clients and contractors, and has displayed expert insight, skill and proficiency in the creation of a variety of public and private environments.

JORGE D. ABICH, RLA, LEED AP, Associate

Jorge D. Abich leads our documentation and field observation team.  Licensed in Florida and California, Mr. Abich excels in the development of design documentation and in quality control and construction observation, which has led to the successful implementation of many projects including high end residential, international resorts, campuses and large scale urban projects.  His zeal for optimizing the work effort and effectiveness ensures our systems are constantly evolving.  Mr. Abich thrives on interacting with clients and contractors, and has displayed expert insight, skill and proficiency in the creation of a variety of public and private environments.

JOHN L. PEARSON, Associate An adept designer, John Lambert Pearson brings his extensive horticultural expertise to every project.  Through a BLA from UC Berkeley and over 10 years of experience, he has pursued his interests in the social and cultural factors of design along with sustainability and phytoremediation.  His range of work includes corporate campuses, city parks, international resorts, and residences.  Currently, he is leading production for the complex Stanford in Redwood City administrative campus.  Dedicated to the field and mentorship, he regularly volunteers his time for portfolio reviews and ASLA Emerging Professionals programs.

JOHN L. PEARSON, Associate

An adept designer, John Lambert Pearson brings his extensive horticultural expertise to every project.  Through a BLA from UC Berkeley and over 10 years of experience, he has pursued his interests in the social and cultural factors of design along with sustainability and phytoremediation.  His range of work includes corporate campuses, city parks, international resorts, and residences.  Currently, he is leading production for the complex Stanford in Redwood City administrative campus.  Dedicated to the field and mentorship, he regularly volunteers his time for portfolio reviews and ASLA Emerging Professionals programs.

KATHLEEN O'LEARY, Landscape Designer Kathleen O'Leary enjoys designing urban public spaces­—where the environment, society, and our political systems meet.  With a background in architecture and graphic design, Ms. O'Leary is driven by technical clarity and creativity.  She has worked on many phases of design projects, from development to concept renderings to construction.

KATHLEEN O'LEARY, Landscape Designer

Kathleen O'Leary enjoys designing urban public spaces­—where the environment, society, and our political systems meet.  With a background in architecture and graphic design, Ms. O'Leary is driven by technical clarity and creativity.  She has worked on many phases of design projects, from development to concept renderings to construction.

DARREN GRAFFUIS, ASLA,, Landscape Designer With an interdisciplinary professional and academic background in environmental sciences and design, Darren Graffuis' work draws from a range of knowledge and inspiration.  He has worked on Superfund and other brownfield sites throughout California as an environmental scientist. Mr. Graffuis is committed to land stewardship and artistic innovation and is passionate about design that promotes ethical social and environmental policies. 

DARREN GRAFFUIS, ASLA,, Landscape Designer

With an interdisciplinary professional and academic background in environmental sciences and design, Darren Graffuis' work draws from a range of knowledge and inspiration.  He has worked on Superfund and other brownfield sites throughout California as an environmental scientist. Mr. Graffuis is committed to land stewardship and artistic innovation and is passionate about design that promotes ethical social and environmental policies. 

MEGHANN DUBIE, Studio Coordinator Meghann Dubie has been an essential member of the O|CB team since joining the studio.  With a B.A. in Technical Theater and a minor in Business Administration from San Francisco State University, she puts both skill sets to good use:  ‘stage managing’ a busy design studio and providing important support for accounting and project administration.  Ms. Dubie also assists with business development pursuits and marketing initiatives.  Her composure, foresight and mastery of all things tech-related have made her an invaluable resource to the team.  Ms. Dubie is active in the Bay Area theater community, collaborating with several independent companies including 11th Hour Ensemble, Mugwumpin and Dark Porch Theater Company.

MEGHANN DUBIE, Studio Coordinator

Meghann Dubie has been an essential member of the O|CB team since joining the studio.  With a B.A. in Technical Theater and a minor in Business Administration from San Francisco State University, she puts both skill sets to good use:  ‘stage managing’ a busy design studio and providing important support for accounting and project administration.  Ms. Dubie also assists with business development pursuits and marketing initiatives.  Her composure, foresight and mastery of all things tech-related have made her an invaluable resource to the team.  Ms. Dubie is active in the Bay Area theater community, collaborating with several independent companies including 11th Hour Ensemble, Mugwumpin and Dark Porch Theater Company.

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The O|CB studio combines a team of individuals with diverse backgrounds in architecture, fine arts, ecological planning, urban design, graphic design and plant science. Our practice is personal and intensive, allowing close collaboration with each other, clients, integrated design teams, and communities. Our firm is well-versed in the challenges and technical strategies inherent in a sustainable design approach. Our approach is cross-disciplinary, collaborative, idea-driven, economically efficient and site specific. The quality of our work reflects our culture and creative process. We share a strong commitment to design excellence and critical dialogue as well as an ambition and passion for the creation of enduring and vital places that give thoughtful form to community, environment and culture.

O|CB is a certified WBE/LBE with the City and County of San Francisco Contract Monitoring Division and a certified DBE under the California Unified Certification Program.