Founder and Managing Director
A vision for greening Los Angeles
Claire is a legacy expert in planning and implementing multi-objective community-based watershed and green infrastructure projects. Under her direction, Amigos de Los Rios, also known as the Emerald Necklace Group has collaborated with a myriad agency and community partners to outline an APA award-winning (2016) regional green infrastructure vision known as the Emerald Necklace Expanded Vision Plan.
Claire and over 160 Emerald Necklace Natural Infrastructure “Fellows” (university graduate trainees) over the past 15 years have launched an Emerald Necklace Coalition of Agencies and raised over $50,000,000 in successful competitive grants, required to complete 35 Urban Greening Pilot projects within disadvantaged communities in East Los Angeles County. Every project Amigos de Los Rios does follows a community-based design process and strives to marry culturally relevant spaces with green infrastructure attributes.
Claire enjoys working with young planners, designers, and architects who are passionate about the life of cities and who appreciate the urgency of convergent infrastructure approach to infrastructure planning. She leverages 12 years of teaching architecture and design at Carlton University, Rhode Island School of Design, Harvard GSD, Versailles Ecoles des Beaux Arts in France and serving as visiting critic at schools all over the country.