Jim Burnett

Jim Burnett, FASLA

President | San Diego / jburnett@ojb.com

Jim Burnett, FASLA, founded The Office of James Burnett in 1989 and has dedicated his career to creating meaningful spaces that challenge the conventional boundaries of landscape architecture. To date, OJB has garnered over eighty state and national design awards. Taking a multi-disciplinary approach to his practice, Jim often works closely with design teams of highly-regarded architects, planners, artists, and other professionals and a diverse range of clients. Throughout his work, there has been a particularly strong focus on designing landscapes that promote healthy living. Most recently, his work has focused on the transformation of American cities through the creation of active public spaces. Jim’s work in this area restores connections between disparate sections within cities, providing open space with a purpose through innovative programming initiatives.

The firm’s contribution to revitalizing communities has been recognized with the 2014 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Urban Open Space Award for Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, as well as the 2015 ULI Urban Open Space Award for Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City. Jim worked with the Annenberg Foundation on the creation of the Sunnylands Center and Gardens in Rancho Mirage, CA; a sustainable desert garden that won the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Honor Award in 2012. Other awards include the ASLA's 2015 Firm Award and two other ASLA Honor Awards for the Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University, and the Reid Residence, both located in Houston. In 2016 Jim was awarded the ASLA Design Medal, a prestigious professional designation recognizing an exceptional body of work sustained over an extended period of time.

Jim has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University and has been a member of the Louisiana State University Design Circle since 2000. In 2004 Jim was made a Fellow by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the highest form of honorary recognition that the professional association can bestow upon one of its members.