September 11, 2018

Meet the OJB Team

Karli Scott is a Designer in OJB's San Diego Office.

What inspired you to become a landscape architect? To my surprise, my mother was lucky enough to have friends who were landscape architects. And when they heard of my diverse interests in high school, they shared their old copies of ‘Landscape Architecture Magazine’. I was delighted to find a path that could have the diversity of geography, ecology, culture, and use wrapped up into an artistic practice.

Who as an artist or landscape architect influences your design and plant material? My greatest source of inspiration has been art, whether it be paintings or sculptures. I have always been drawn to the ephemeral nature of paintings by Van Gogh and Claude Monet, which leads me to create spaces that evoke similar feelings to those gestural and atmospheric images. But I also have been inspired by the materiality, structure, and forms by Paul Klee, Sol Lewitt, Mauro Staccioli, Andy Goldsworthy, Nigel Hall, Henry Moore, and Richard Serra. I like finding the balance between structured compositions and ephemeral elements.

What is your focus when designing?  What makes your work rewarding? My focus at OJB has been to design strong details that can be expressed throughout a project. It’s rewarding when a form or gesture can be applied in more than one way in a project, thus making it feel more unified throughout different programmatic spaces.

Where do you go to feel inspired? Lately, I have been making the point to visit local plant nurseries and gardens. San Diego has such a great variety of landscapes, and I’ve enjoyed experiencing the different approaches to planting, furnishing, and organizing spaces. I’m lucky enough to be walking distance from Balboa Park, which is larger and more varied than Central Park. I love visiting the Desert Garden to see great, old specimen of Euphorbia and Opuntia. And on the weekends, El Prado acts like the real heart of San Diego with all the street vendors, performers, residents, and tourists occupying the gardens and plazas between the museums. I also enjoy climbing up the California Bell Tower to get expansive views of the park, planes landing at the San Diego Airport (the flight path is over the park), the skyscrapers of downtown, and the San Diego Bay.

What has been your favorite OJB Project to work on and why? One of the most exciting and largest efforts I’ve had recently is the pre-cast bench furniture development for San Diego’s East Village Green. There was a simple idea for these benches in the form and function they would express. And from that, we were able to develop a design language for all the benches on the site, which has been expressed in nine types of benches, two types of dog benches, a large site wall along 14th Street, and the platform for the sculpture “Blue Skies” by Mark Reigelman. It has been a wonderful and eye-opening experience to collaborate on the design of these site elements.