expressing the essence + power of place

JMLA wants to help you with the important work of expressing the essence of place. It is our core mission to create unforgettable spaces that reveal, revere, and reconnect us to the beauty, dynamics and diversity of nature + culture.. We design for all types of landscapes including residential, commercial, civic, parks + wildlands.

A boutique firm, JMLA serves a range of clients including homeowners, architects, landscape architects, planners, developers, municipalities, parks and open space entities, conservation organizations, natural history museums, zoos, aquariums, and other institutions, JMLA is proud to offer a suite of specialized services, listed below. 

We are proud to serve our clients with unparalleled depth, integrity, creative vision, heart, and care. Based on the Central Coast of California, we work nationwide.  Contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Interpretive Design

JMLA strives to create deeply imaginative site design and interpretation as a powerful means of storytelling. Done well, interpretive design can aid in acknowledging our relationships to nature and to each other; bridge the past, present and future; help us move more mindfully through our rapidly changing world and climate; guide our attention and care; and contribute positively to new language and narratives that can help to elevate cultural, historic and environmental literacy and integrity. There is an inherent quality of reverence embodied by this genre of design, which is wrought through curious inquiry, real listening, artful expression of collective meaning, and a desire to inspire connection. JMLA is unique in that we offer site-integrated interpretive design, through which educational and commemorative goals are seamlessly woven into the landscape itself - whether ingrained in site features, furniture, walkways, and facades, or standing alone as timeless public art. We wish to elevate and expand the art of interpretive design through this original approach; the use of new technology such as laser-cutting and 3D printing; and collaboration with local artists and scientists. Interpretation is visual storytelling - a cultural expression that reflects our relationship to nature and to eachother... JMLA wishes to get the stories right not only in what is told, but how it is presented. 


residential landscapes

high-end residential landscape | native plant consultation

interpretive design

environmental graphics | signage |  memorial concept design 

ecological research + site analysis

comprehensive site analysis | research reports | regulatory summaries


environmental art

custom patterns for site features | laser-cut wood and metal

architectural rendering

illustrative site plans | sections + axons | digital perspectives

site photography

landscape, architectural + aerial photography


illustrative mapping 

illustrative maps | gis | conservation overlays | climate change visualization

concept books + script

concept books | historic landscape reports | documentary script 

monthly design subscription

monthly design service subscription customized for your needs

"Jessica worked with our Conservancy on an interpretive sign for the Carmel River and did a superb design job on this project that will inform residents and visitors about a riparian restoration site. She is professional, collegial, collaborative, and extremely pleasant to work with, and came up with imaginative and practical suggestions on our project. I cannot recommend her more highly."

Lorin Letendre | Executive Director Carmel River Watershed Conservancy