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Cornerstone Studios, Inc. (CSI)

None of us is as smart as all of us.

-Ken Blanchard

Cornerstone Studios, Inc. (CSI) is a professional landscape architecture firm that offers a full range of services from site planning through construction documentation and observation. The firm is guided by its two principals, Renie Meier-Wong and Don Wilson, who have over fifty years combined experience.

Our projects encompass a wide range of the built environment, with emphasis on park, transportation, civic, environmental, commercial, housing and education projects.

We are service-oriented and we believe successful projects are created when all involved are committed to a full partnership in the design process. Our goal is to bring the collective experience of the client and the design team to bear on each project and create enduring value to the site and its surroundings.

We manage the design process using a traditional design studio approach combined with “state of the art” technology. This allows us to generate and transform ideas into tangible results for our clients on both large and small projects. We encourage close interaction and exchange of ideas while insuring that the project is managed within the allotted budget and time.

CSI is a certified Woman-owned, Minority, Small, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise.

Our team

Renie Meier-Wong, ASLA, PLA [Principal]

An established landscape architect with over 30 years of varied professional experience, Renie Meier-Wong knows the many aspects of her profession and has the skills for integrating the aesthetics of art forms with the pragmatics of project requirements. She has successfully completed many diverse projects in urban design, transportation, campus redevelopment, parks and recreation, and institutions. She emphasizes innovative, exciting designs that suit the client’s needs, as well as attractive graphics, accurate construction documents and on-time and on-budget deliveries. By working closely with her clients, she achieves cost-effective results.

Don Wilson, ASLA, PLA [Principal]

Mr. Wilson has command of the full range of design, technical, cost, and project management issues for a wide range of design and landscape projects realized during his 40-years experience in the profession. Through his expertise in landscape architecture, construction, and project realization, he guides designs from inception on and always with a focus on ensuring a well-crafted project that is buildable and on budget. He has prepared master plans, visual studies, water conservation studies, and guidelines for parks, schools, streetscapes and housing communities. His project designs emphasize lower maintenance, compatible plant associations, accessibility for all, and the repurposing of sites and materials.

Jeff Kim, ASLA, PLA [Associate Principal]

Mr. Kim has over eighteen years of experience with Cornerstone Studios. He brings a thoughtful and creative approach to each of his clients and projects. His keen sense of design, project management skills, and attention to detail are integral to the success of his project.

With extensive experience working with numerous government agencies, he excels in projects at the city, county, or federal level and possesses a good understanding of the requirements needed to complete the project. He is responsible for implementation of conceptual design through completion of construction documents as well as coordination with teams of sub-consultants.

Rick Blanchard, PLA [Senior Associate]

Mr. Blanchard is a senior designer and project manager skilled in the design and implementation of irrigation projects. He has over 35 years experience in the field of landscape architecture and planning, on a variety of projects with extensive experience in design and alteration of new and existing facilities. He has participated in design, construction documentation, and supervision of over 100 parks, including cost estimates, analysis, graphics, maintenance manuals, and specifications. He has been responsible for quality control on projects including slope and erosion control, tract home sites and model homes, retail, commercial, institutional, and industrial building sites, streetscapes and arterial roads. He has provided review and input as a member of the Water Conservation Technical Committee for the County of San Diego and as a member of the City of San Diego Advisory Committee for the Landscape Ordinance, which provided guidelines and standards for the City and County of San Diego.

Julee Park, ASLA [Associate]

Ms. Park has been responsible for completing design and construction drawings for numerous large and small projects at Cornerstone Studios. Julee has good understanding of sustainable practices in construction and landscape architecture, and she is well versed in graphic design software such as AutoCAD, Photoshop, and SketchUp. She also has a great understanding at multi-disciplinary level through her experience working with numerous government agencies, engineers and architects. Ms.Park is enthusiastic about her profession and has a talent for communicating a project’s design intent both verbally and graphically. She continues to demonstrate her leadership capabilities at Cornerstone Studios, where she has become the “go-to” person for strong presentation graphics.

Sunday Monacelli [Office Manager]