Curtis LaPierre, PLA, ASLA, AICP, LEED AP and Michael O’Brien, RLA Join ESA’s Northwest Team


Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading West Coast-based environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Curtis LaPierre, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP and Michael O’Brien, RLA have joined our growing Northwest team. Curtis and Mike will work with clients to plan, design, and implement restoration and development solutions throughout the western United States.

“Curtis and Mike expand and deepen our expertise with parks, trails, and open space; visual resource assessment; site planning and design; and master planning.” said Margaret Clancy, PWS, ESA’s Northwest Regional Director. “By growing our landscape architecture team we are better able to help our clients create livable communities and meet growing demands for transportation, recreation, and natural infrastructure. Curtis and Mike have worked on many notable and award-winning projects and their planning and design skills are the perfect complement to our existing design, planning, engineering, biological and cultural resource capabilities.”

Curtis brings 31years of experience in landscape architecture and urban design throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. From large scale master planning to ecological restoration and site design, Curtis is well-versed in managing complex multidisciplinary projects from inception through planning, permitting, design, and construction. Curtis is LEED accredited professional and develops innovative, constructible, sustainable, and cost-effective designs. His projects include stream and wetland restoration, creek realignments, buffer restoration and wetland creation work, and trail design. He recently completed a master plan for Edith Moulton Park in Kirkland. Curtis is based in ESA’s Seattle office.

Mike brings more than 25 years of experience guiding project teams towards developing innovative and sustainably-minded planning and design solutions. Whether it be an urban streetscape, a community trail system, a neighborhood park, or a stormwater facility project, he integrates his creative and technical skillsets to design with sensitivity to site context, ecology and, and visitor needs. He recently completed Hawthorne Park which was North Clackamas Parks’ first nature-based play area. Mike has been a member of Metro’s Technical Advisory Committee for over eight years providing landscape architectural and planning expertise to Metro staff and local policy makers. Mike is based in ESA’s Portland office.

Press Release: Curtis LaPierre, PLA, ASLA, AICP, LEED AP and Michael O'Brien, RLA Join ESA's Northwest Team