Studio-MLA is a design studio that integrates landscape architecture, urban design, and planning to create places that inspire human connection, unite communities, and restore environmental balance. ‘Advocacy by design’ is a foundation of our practice – a powerful tool to catalyze ecological and social change with inclusivity and authenticity.

For more than 25 years, founder and president Mia Lehrer, FASLA has sparked the team’s inventive thinking to address complex relationships within urban and natural environments. From the planning of cities to the design of intimate plazas and gardens, the studio is recognized for creativity, pragmatism, and responsibility across a range of scales and geographies.

With offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, our 45-person team includes landscape architects, designers, planners, botanists, and ecologists from around the world. Diversity and multiple perspectives add meaning to collaborations and value to outcomes. Together, we believe in the transformative power of design to recalibrate our shared surroundings for a just and resilient future.


Studio-MLA is a certified Woman-Owned Business (WBE), Minority-Owned Business (MBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) in various jurisdictions in California, Texas, and Illinois, and others. Please connect with us to confirm a specific certification requirement.