Andrea Cochran has been practicing landscape architecture in the San Francisco Bay area for over twenty years. After graduating from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, Ms. Cochran entered the offices of the architect, Jose Luis Sert. This experience was pivotal in informing her approach to landscape design that integrates and mediates the overlapping boundaries between architecture and landscape.
Ms. Cochran established her office in 1998 after working in collaborative partnerships for over 10 years. The firm's projects range from private residential gardens to corporate headquarters, institutional and educational campuses, commercial facilities, urban housing, wineries, hotels and an art museum sculpture garden.
The work of Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture translates the narrative of the client into the built landscape. Relationships between architecture and landscape, client and designer, project site and larger environment inform each aspect of the firm’s designs. The work of site-specific artists is another influence in the design process, inspiring new perspectives. The firm intentionally has an eclectic variety of projects to create a cross pollenization of ideas between residential gardens and commercial and institutional projects. As a result, we have gained a national reputation as an innovative design studio.
Ms. Cochran was recently featured in the January 2005 issue of House & Garden magazine as one of the 40 Tastemakers for 2005. Her design work has garnered numerous awards and has been widely published and recognized internationally in such publications as House & Garden, Dwell, Landscape Architecture, Architectural Record, Design Quarterly, Harper’s Bazaar, and Metropolitan Home.
Ms. Cochran is a leader in her local design community. She currently serves as a Commissioner in Civic Design on the San Francisco Arts Commission and on the executive board for the Architecture and Design Forum at SFMOMA. Past contributions include serving on the SFMOMA Architecture and Design Accessions Committee and the U.C. Berkeley Extension Advisory Committee for Landscape Architecture Curriculum.