Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden Visitor Entrance & Education Center

RACAIA Architecture & Interior Design and the architect Tim Shea, AIA were approached by the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden Board of Directors to create a new and architecturally-integrative entrance way. Our design incorporates features of Lucky Baldwin’s classic estate, the Arboretum’s educational requirements, and the strategies of modern sustainability.

On order to balance multiple perspectives into a strong, classic design, RACAIA moderated several rounds of interviews and group discussions with the Arboretum board, which includes educators, landscape designers, engineers, creative professionals, horticulturalists, and gardening professionals. Then the design was further refined with the input of on-site managers, docents and foundation staff, and maintenance and service staff, in order to develop a clear understanding of the entry’s function in the context of the Arboretum’s annual intake of hundreds of thousands of visitors.

The Board of Directors approved the featured design at the end of 2013 and RACAIA has begun the early stages of design development in order to bring that vision to reality.