Leah Drake & Associates - landscape design studio



Leah Drake, ASLA; Principal
Leah Drake, ASLA; Principal
Leah has always had an eye for the exciting aesthetics of outdoor spaces. Involved in the Landscape Design profession since 1985, she has been practicing in the Bay Area since 1991. A graduate of the Landscape Architecture Program at UC Berkeley, with a focus on sustainable design, Leah’s successful career repertoire spans a variety of projects, from ecological habitat restoration design, to detailed master plans for public and private spaces. Behind her passion is her commitment to a lifelong mission of creating artful outdoor spaces that are sanctuaries for both humans and wildlife; helping to restore ecological balance, while giving people the opportunity to connect with nature in an intimate way. With a background in the Liberal Arts and dance, Leah brings to the profession a knack for collaboration and team work. She is well versed in construction terminology and procedures, and enjoys formulating intelligent and beautiful solutions in a diversity of situations. Specialties include sustainable site planning, water conservation, artistic outdoor furnishings, lighting, and local native plants. Leah is a member of the ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects), the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, and an affiliate of the US Green Building Council.
Tamara O'Kelly, ASLA; Designer
A native Californian, Tamara brings 19 years of experience to Drake Design Associates in creating beautiful, sustainable environments that create a sense of place. A graduate of the Landscape Architecture Program at UC Berkeley, Tamara has blended her biological science background and her skills in project management with her passion for outdoor spaces. With her broad range of experience, Tamara has been an advocate for sustainable landscapes for over two decades. She is an experienced organic farmer and tends her own micro farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains where she educates the public in biodynamic farming techniques and wildlife habitat management. In addition, she has a background in historic preservation and actively consults on projects for home owners as well as local museums and public projects. Tamara has received numerous awards and accolades ranging from public parks and zoological habitats, to educational building design and therapeutic gardens for a veteran’s hospital. She was also awarded the commission for way-finding signage for the Historic Capitola Village. She is a member of ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects), the San Lorenzo Valley Chamber of Commerce and the San Lorenzo Valley Museum and Historical Society.
Tamara O'Kelly, ASLA;   Designer
EarthArch Design, Landscape Architect Firm: www.EarthArchDesign.com
EarthArch Design, Landscape Architect Firm: www.EarthArchDesign.com
EarthArch Design is a full service landscape architecture firm specializing in Ecological Design for Public Spaces, Housing and Communities, and Parks & Recreation. Leah Drake and Tamara O'Kelly of Drake Design Associates join Susan Combs-Bauer, Landscape Architect, of Bauer-Combs & Associates, Inc. as Principals of EarthArch Design. Susan's years of experience, wisdom and guidance is available to us at Drake Design Associates, under the business name EarthArch Design, for collaboration on public spaces, commercial and recreational projects, and any circumstance in which a licensed Landscape Architect is required.
Jon Clark, Landscape Contractor C-27 #679081 Denali Landscape Inc.
Jon Clark, Landscape Contractor C-27 #679081 Denali Landscape Inc.
Jon Clark and Leah Drake began working together in 1998. Jon is a fixture at the Drake Design Associates studio, and brings his upbeat and unstoppable enthusiasm along with high quality craftsmanship and years of building skills to the design table! Aesthetics with functionality is a combination that has fascinated Jon since he was a youngster. Growing up around the trades professions, he has always been intrigued by the technical aspects of construction and has developed an aptitude for understanding how to successfully balance form and function. Over time he also witnessed the effects of others who weren't as concerned with the longevity of their work; and has made a commitment to provide the best long term value to his clients. Licensed since 1993 he's gained tremendous experience performing a wide range of interesting and creative work and is always eager to try something new or different, whatever the project may call for. Clients have come to expect Jon's commitment to complete projects that are beautiful, function well, and last over time. In addition to his expertise, Jon's credentials include professional education in construction techniques and horticulture, and he continue to augment his knowledge base with ongoing education and research. See more at www.DenaliLandscape.com.
Bobby Markowitz, Landscape Architect Earthcraft Landscape Design, Inc.
Bobby Markowitz, Landscape Architect Earthcraft Landscape Design, Inc.
Bobby Markowitz of Earthcraft is on our team as a consulting Landscape Architect and specializes in state of the art Rainwater and Graywater systems. Drake Design Associates, in turn, provides drafting and design services for Earthcraft Design. Mr. Markowitz has over 30 years of experience in practicing ecological landscape design and has been a licensed Landscape Architect since 1991. Please see more at www.EarthcraftDesign.com