As the Landscape Architect for the 15.5-acre site, the new parish masterplan included St. Therese Catholic Church, the Notre Dame Academy – Institute de l’Union Chretienne de Saint Chaumond and the new Parish Hall. This was a 3 phase project designed with 3 top San Diego architectural firms.
Our goal and challenge was to develop an innovative, cohesive and sustainable landscape architectural site plan that integrated the 3 building phases. The landscape features include a central gathering plaza, meditation gardens, outdoor stations of the cross, K-8 school with religious education, playgrounds, ballfield and streetscape and parking area. The design included numerous courtyards for respond to the Church, School and Parish Hall functions.
Numerous large Torrey Pines (Pinus torreyana) were relocated and placed in key areas about the site to provide mature landscaping, to unify the site and provide character. A variety of flowing trees were used to complement the Torrey Pines. The Torreys are indigenous to only the San Diego coastline and the Channel Islands making it one of the rarest species in the world.