is a Landscape Architectural/Planning firm dedicated to providing Clients with the highest design services in diverse development markets. The founding partners, Mike Sullivan and Hector Baeza, have over 60 years of combined professional experience in the fields of community development, urban design, and landscape architecture. Both were previously partners/principals with the firm of SLA Studio Land for over 18 years. Prior to that, Hector with SWA and EDAW and Mike with Pod Inc. and John Greenlee Associates. SDS has produced many award winning projects, most currently the ASLA Sustainable Sites award for Gateway Buisness Park, Southern California Edison. Site Design Studio, Inc. was established in early 2004, the firm provides design services for residential, retail, office, mixed use, resort, institutional, and industrial developments. We have a diverse Client base having completed projects throughout the greater Southern California region. Projects of diverse scales are represented in Site Design Studio’s portfolio; From Commercial and retail developments in San Jose, Marina and San Diego Ca. to luxury custom homes in the Shady Canyon and Newport Coast communities to large multi-use, retail, office, resort, and residential developments in Southern California and all over the world. Institutional projects include campus housing, churches, schools and facilities for non-profit. International project experience includes Masterland Residential Community & models in Nanjing, China; Hi-Tech Residential & Mixed Use Community, Nanjing, China; Xi Chong Residential Villas, Shenzen, China; Tengchong Resort Hotel & Mixed Use, Napaxishan, China; Mangshi Golf Clubhouse and Sales Office, Yunnan Province, China; and Tangyu Springs Resort, Xi’an, China Under SLA, numerous upscale international projects were completed including Bugis Junction in Singapore, a 6 block urban renewal project; Act City in Hammamatsu, Japan, an urban mixed-used retail and commercial center project; Seacon Square, a 2.5 million square foot retail center of indoor and outdoor spaces in Bangkok, Thailand; Real del Mar resort and Villas in Rosarito Beach, Mexico; and site renovation and botanical garden design for Bosque del Cabo Eco-Resort in Costa Rica. Site Design Studio is a service oriented practice, offering its Clients not only quality design, but the ability to implement practical and cost effective solutions that often exceed the Client’s development objectives. It has been our goal to integrate the landscape design as part of the architectural expression, where the landscape design reinforces site planning and architectural themes. Site Design Studio is well known for its holistic and Biophilic approach to design, that incorporates an understanding of the site, program, and environment. This approach creates an integrated design that captures the spirit of a place and extends the design into the cultural, physical, and uplifting human experience of the site. The Principals have a ‘hands-on’ approach throughout the design process. They are involved in all project phases from schematic design through construction observation. Their direct involvement throughout the development process yields the highest efficient service. By exercising a proactive project management style and complete coordination of design team efforts, we ensure that the highest level of design is implemented. SDS is organized in a studio environment, where knowledge is freely shared and ideas are tested. Although employees have their individual expertise, everyone is part of the design process. Site Design Studio is focused on the built project. All efforts progressing to and into construction are geared to realizing the initial design vision and design intent.
Mike is a licensed landscape architect with over 25 years of experience in urban design, community development, landscape design and sustainable site design. Over the years he has worked with various firms in Southern California including; SLA Studio Land Inc., POD Inc., John Greenlee & Associates, and Yamaguchi Collaborative International. Michael has completed numerous projects in both the domestic and international markets. Mr. Sullivan is well known for his “outside the box” approach to design and his ability to create new ways of looking at common problems. Design solutions are developed through a team charrette process where the design intent is carried out through all phases of work. His experience involves projects in custom estate homes, residential communities, resort and destination recreation, golf clubhouses, single family and attached housing, mixed-use developments, commercial and sustainable site design. His projects have been published in several professional periodicals and he has also been the recipient of numerous design awards. In addition to his professional practice Mr. Sullivan also teaches studio and lecture courses in landscape design and landscape construction at both California Polytechnic University Pomona and Fullerton College. Mike is a member of the adjunct faculty at both universities.
Principal Director of Design
Hector is co-founder of Site Design Studio, Inc., he is an urban planner and landscape designer with 40+ years of experience in urban design, and community development. Over the years he has worked in internationally renowned design firms in Southern California including; EDAW Inc., The SWA Group, SLA Studio Land, Inc., CYP Partners and Peridian Group. He also worked in Mexico managing the construction of affordable housing in rural Southern Mexico. This experience has provided him with a clear understanding of the national and international development markets. At Site Design Studio, Mr. Baeza is responsible for all aspects of project development and implementation. He has managed large scale master plan developments to site specific landscape designs; his project experience is diverse, having completed numerous residential, mixed use, retail, office and institutional projects, from conceptual design through implementation. As principal in charge he brings extensive experience to the design team and development process, he takes a practical hands-on approach to problem solving. Landscape design is not limited to plant material and hardscape solutions, we take a proactive approach to providing sustainable site solutions that take into consideration protection/conservation of our natural resources. Implementation of rain water harvesting methodologies, recycled water use for irrigation, site water infiltration and the installation of drought tolerant plantings will continue to form our landscape image.