Geoff di Girolamo, James Lord, and Roderick Wyllie

Emerging Voices 2014
Surfacedesign, Inc.
Geoff di Girolamo, James Lord, and Roderick Wyllie
Recorded: March 6, 2014
Running time: 43:16

Geoff di Girolamo, James Lord, and Roderick Wyllie, principals of the San Francisco landscape architecture and urban design practice Surfacedesign, Inc., focus on creating landscapes that “connect people to their built environment” with an emphasis on “personal histories and connections between culture and natural environment.”

In 2014, The Architectural League named Surfacedesign, Inc. an Emerging Voice. The annual Emerging Voices award spotlights individuals and firms based in the United States, Canada, or Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism. Each year, winners are invited to participate in the Emerging Voices lecture series. In their presentation, embedded above, di Girolamo, Lord, and Wyllie discuss current and recent projects, including the Museum of Steel in Monterey, Mexico; the Auckland International Airport Gateway in New Zealand; the IBM building in Honolulu, Hawaii; and the Lands End Visitors Center in San Francisco, California.

More information about the 2014 Emerging Voices, including an interview with di Girolamo, Lord, and Wyllie about their practice, is available at

Surfacedesign, Inc. was established in 2001. The firm has designed projects in and beyond the Bay area, ranging in scale from domestic projects, to the Golden Gate Bridge Plaza, to Stonefields Quarry Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Geoff di Girolamo received his M.Arch. from the University of California, Los Angeles. James Lord and Roderick Wyllie both received their B.Arch. degrees from the University of Southern California and M.L.A. degrees from Harvard University. All three principals have served as guest critics at schools including California College of the Arts, and the University of California, Berkeley. Wyllie has also served as a Visiting Professor at Ohio State University. The firm’s awards include a New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects Award of Excellence, a National Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, California Home + Design Award for Landscape Design, and the Green Good Design Award.

Click here for more on the other 2014 Emerging Voices, or see the complete list of past winners here.