OfficeJOHN NORTHMORE ROBERTS & ASSOCIATES was established in 1984 to provide landscape architecture and environmental planning services to the public and private sectors. The firm has expertise in all aspects of the landscape design and planning professions, from project conception through final construction. Each public project, and most private projects, that we undertake are developed through an open and responsive community outreach process. Successfully completed projects include parks (national, state, regional, and local), schools, libraries, institutional and industrial campuses, streetscapes and urban plazas, museums, housing and historic restorations.

The firm is frequently the prime consultant for multi-disciplinary teams, but also participates on such teams as a landscape architectural and site-planning sub-consultant. The firm has expertise in project design, master planning, construction documents, project management, construction review, budgets, land analysis, and public presentations. The quality of our work is reflected in our numerous awards from professional design organizations, contracting associations, public agencies, local communities, and other planning and design entities.

From the outset, our firm has been committed to the long-term sustainability of design and planning solutions. Our commitment is expressed by employing appropriate materials and technologies, establishing an enduring relationship with the underlying environmental systems for each project, and creating places responsive to local community who will nurture them over time. An ever-increasing number of our projects are being certified by entities that oversee issues of sustainability.

The firm maintains a close and ongoing relationship with U.C. Berkeley and other nearby educational institutions, with each member of the firm committed to training and nurturing the next generation of design professionals.

Our core 4-person firm has a network of technical sub-consultants and related professionals that participate in projects as needed. We are part of a collective of four similarly sized Landscape Architectural firms that share office space and equipment. Our work is complementary, and we often combine forces and staff for larger, more complex projects.


  • John N. Roberts, ASLA, CA Landscape Architecture License #1690
  • Daniela Pena Corvillon, ASLA
  • Ester Clark

JNR-225John N. Roberts, ASLA, the founder and Principal of the firm, has been a leader in the urban design and public arts renaissance in Berkeley, and is widely recognized for his work in natural system restoration, community design, and residential garden design.  He has been in practice since 1972, teaches frequently at U.C. Berkeley, has lectured widely, and is actively engaged in local community affairs.  However, among his varied interests, it is his young grandchildren that are the focus of his attention these days. | email | resumé PDF |


Daniela Pena Corvillon, ASLA, joined the firm in 2013 after completing the MLA Environmental Planning Program at UC Berkeley. Miss Corvillon has been registered Architect in Chile since 2008, she successfully managed a variety of art, landscape and architectural projects in her own firm. During her studies at UC Berkeley, Miss Corvillon focused on the integration of local cultural values into environmental restoration projects, particularly in regards to water resources. In addition Miss Corvillon had been a teaching assistant at UC Berkeley in the Architectural Engineering Course and Undergraduate Landscape Studio. Among her many interests are a better quality of life and sustainability. She enjoys integrating her ideas and interests in her designs, actions and cooking. Examples of her work can be seen at dcorvillon. | email | resumé PDF |

Tanya Eggers, ASLA, joined the firm in 2017 after completing a B. A. in Landscape Architecture at UC Berkeley. While working on her degree in Landscape Architecture, Ms. Eggers’ interests in sustainability and ecology led her to pursue a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies.  Ms. Eggers became particularly interested in sustainable urban design and explored case studies abroad in Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.  An avid lover of the outdoors, Ms. Eggers balances her time with back packing expeditions in national parks and swimming in oceans, lakes and rivers whenever possible. | email | resumé PDF |


ECB-225Ester Clark joined the firm in 2012. After ten years of administrative experience at various bay area firms, she now serves as the office manager and bookkeeper for our collective of design offices. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the Academy of Art, and spent many years working with Steelcase, Inc. building their extensive library of furniture symbology thru CAD support. In addition, she brings her experience working with various firms in home staging, interior design, architecture and non-profits. She is accompanied by her companion Biscuit, and spends time practicing on her skills as an artist, pianist, baker and crafter, as well as attending bay area cultural events. | email |

  • Yountville Town Center

Yountville Town Center

Award of Honor: Energy Efficiency Integration Awards, Savings by Design and the AIA California Council, 2010  (as consultants to Siegel and Strain Architects)
Yountville Town Center, Yountville, CA

(in reverse chronological order)
  • Article “A Socio-Ecologic Reminiscence”, LANDSCAPE AT BERKELEY: THE FIRST 100 YEARS: Editors Waverly Lowell, Elizabeth Byrne, Carrie L. McDade. published by Regents of University of California & College of Environmental Design, 2013 download PDF
  • Article “Community Activism vs Community Design”, PLACES a forum of Environmental Design, published by Design History Foundation, sponsored by Pratt Institute, UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, and MIT School of Architecture and Planning, Vol. 20, no. 2, Summer 2008.  download PDF
  • Poem “Me and Half Dome” included in KONCH Magazine, Ishmael Reed, publisher, Ishmael Reed Publications, Spring/Summer 2008. read online
  • Crocker Lake Open Space Preliminary Report, Town of Hillsborough, 2006. download PDFs (5 parts): Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5
  • Article “Gardens of an Historic Cowper Street Residence”, PLACES a forum of Environmental Design, published by Design History Foundation, sponsored by Pratt Institute, UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design and MIT School of Architecture and Planning, Vol. 17, no. 1, Spring 2005. download PDF
  • Poem “one” included in Addison Street Anthology, Robert Hass, editor, Heyday Press, Berkeley, CA 2004. view image of poem
  • Pacifica Bicycle Plan, City of Pacifica, 2000. download PDF
  • Petaluma River Access & Enhancement Plan, City of Petaluma/State Coastal Conservancy, 1995.  read online
  • Creeks Restoration and Trails Master Plan, City of Walnut Creek, 1993.  read online
  • Big Lagoon Restoration Alternatives and Environmental Assessment, NPS/GGNRA, 1993.
  • Alhambra Creek Enhancement Plan, City of Martinez & State Coastal Conservancy, 1992.
  • Presidio of Monterey Historic Preservation Maintenance Manual, Dept. of the Army, 1992.
  • City-wide Trails Master Plan, City of Pacifica, 1992.
  • North Waterfront Park Master Plan, City of Berkeley, 1991. download PDF (8MB)
    • Rapid Methan Oxidation in a Lnadfill Cover Soil, 1990. download PDF
  • Pacifica Open Space Task Force Report, City of Pacifica, 1988.
  • Vallejo Mills Historic Park Master Plan, City of Fremont, 1986.

  • King, John. “Addison Street not yet the arts hub planners sought — but Berkeley’s poetic license will never expire.” San Francisco Chronicle, Jan 20, 2005. read online
  • Vega, Cecilia M. “The word on the street: Poetry Walk event to feature lots of verse, anthology launch.” San Francisco Chronicle, Jan 15, 2005. read online
  • “The Berkeley Poetry Walk and Anthology: A Collection of Essays by the City of Berkeley Staff Team and the Collaborative Community” download PDF
  • Hass, Robert and Jessica Fisher, eds. The Addison Street Anthology: Berkeley’s Poetry Walk. Heyday: Berkeley, 2004. read online
  • Burress, Charles. “City block, S.F. store honored by poets.” San Francisco Chronicle, Aug 6, 2004. read online
  • Harlan, Meghan, “The Quirky Heart of the East Bay.” The New York Times, April 18, 2004 read online
  • Burress, Charles. “Berkeley’s poet promenade: Sidewalk plaques will pay homage to writers of verse with connection to city.” San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 30, 2003. read online
  • King, John.  “Arts center at stage one.” San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 28, 2001. read online
  • “Artists and Artwork Selected for Downtown Shattuck Avenue Public Art Sites.” Press release, City of Berkeley, Sep 18, 2000. read online
  • Architectural Record Building Types Study – Museums, 2009. read online
  • Adams, Gerald.  “Housing Projects Get a Whole New Look in the Bay Area.”  S.F. Examiner, May 10,1998  read online