Harris Design was established in 2001 based on the belief that connection with the environment is fundamental to a happy, healthy life. Through physical design, we seek to engender meaningful relationships between people, their natural environment, and the larger community. These connections can be fostered in a variety of settings, whether urban, rural, or wild. Much of Harris Design's work is devoted to the improvement of public spaces that can be experienced by any who choose to use and explore them.
Harris Design provides a full range of professional services including master planning, preliminary design, construction documentation, cost estimating, construction administration, regulatory agency processing, public participation facilitation, funding assistance, and post-project evaluation.
Bill Harris, ASLA
Bill Harris is a licensed landscape architect with over 30 years experience in public and private planning and design. Throughout his career, he has focused on projects that emphasize community development and improvement. Bill has served as principal-in-charge of complex public works projects with construction budgets of up to $13 million. Several projects completed under his direction have received design awards. Bill is a creative yet pragmatic designer of achievable solutions and an effective manager of project scope to conform to established budgets. Specific interests include civic facilities, schools, parks, trails, streetscapes, green infrastructure, and transportation improvements.
Bill excels in the facilitation of community consensus for oftentimes controversial projects. Many of his projects have involved complex stakeholder issues that were successfully resolved through a variety of public involvement forums. Bill’s expertise in environmental resources and regulatory agency permitting has been instrumental in successfully designing public access facilities in sensitive environmental settings.
In his role as Project Manager at Harris Design, Paul Lefebvre brings to the firm extensive design and project management experience on a broad range of park/open space, civic, educational, and residential projects throughout the Bay Area. He excels at project design and delivery, meticulous construction documentation and detailing, and is also enthusiastic about fostering productive relationships with clients, project stakeholders, approving officials, and consultants. His skills in creative problem-solving, time management, quality control, and organization help deliver successful concurrent projects.
Paul is a knowledgeable on-site construction observation specialist with a keen eye towards high-quality design execution and detail. With solid construction observation and administration experience he has recently successfully represented the County of San Mateo DPW Parks Division as Project Inspector during the construction phase of the Mirada Surf West Coastal Trail project in Half Moon Bay, CA. Having a strong interest and passion for landscapes that emphasize environmental sustainability, Paul has gained considerable experience in areas such as storm water management, efficient water use, habitat protection and restoration, and reduction of heat island effect. In addition to his DSA and LEED project experience, his strong skills in project management, design, and production have made him a key member of the Harris Design team.
Judy Clark Dale, LEED AP
Senior Landscape Architect
Judy combines excellence in design with extensive project management experience and strong technical skills. She has over 30 years of wide-ranging project experience, with an emphasis on site planning and design for public and institutional landscapes. An inventive and insightful designer, Judy has developed site-appropriate plans for many projects with difficult site or program issues. As project manager, she is adept at taking complex public projects through all phases.
With her background in ecology and environmental planning, Judy has specialized knowledge of plant ecology, California native plant communities, and creek and wetland systems. She is experienced in sustainable stormwater management, habitat restoration and enhancement, energy-efficient and water-efficient design, design over structure, and design and documentation for LEED and Bay-Friendly certification.
Lindsey Yuen, LEED Green Associate
Lindsey Yuen is highly experienced in producing quality construction documents and project graphics for a variety of public park and coastal trail projects. Her versatility, strong work ethic, organization, and time management skills make her a valuable member of the Harris Design Team. She is a fast learner and enjoys contributing to all phases of project development.
Gayna Nakajo, ASLA
Gayna Nakajo's primary responsibilities at Harris Design include construction documentation production, illustrative graphics, support for project proposals, and cost estimating. Drawing from her diverse academic experience and professional background, she demonstrates strong organizational, communications, and analytical skills. Gayna has received various accolades, including a 2014 ASLA Honor Award for Student Collaboration, 2014 SEED Award, and 2014 Public Interest Design Global Award for her group work relating to design activism, green space, and health research in an informal urban community in Lima, Peru.