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Who We Are

Located in El Cerrito, California, Sue Oda Landscape Architect is a boutique landscape design firm known for their highly personalized services and elegant, environmentally friendly outdoor spaces.

We collaborate closely with our clients to define their objectives and refine their vision, and strive to build lasting personal connections over the course of our projects. Our goal is to make each garden reflect the personality and uniqueness of the people we work with.

A certified green business, with expertise in labor and water conserving gardens, our landscape architectural portfolio includes numerous residential projects, community gardens, playgrounds, and public spaces throughout the United States.

Let us help you realize your dream garden. We look forward to working with you.

Sue Oda


After designing her first landscape at eight years old, Sue Oda never wanted to do anything else. Since 1988, she has worked with hundreds of clients to create elegant, environmentally friendly outdoor living areas that complement the site’s architecture.

Beginning her career in residential and commercial landscape design, Sue became a landscape architect with the City of Oakland where she created community gardens, playgrounds and other public spaces across the US, before returning to residential landscape architecture. Sue’s approach to landscape design is distinguished by her signature grace, highly personal approach, and close attention to detail.

Licensed by the State of California and certified by the Council of Landscape Architectural Boards, Sue received her formal training at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the recipient of the American Society of Landscape Architecture Award and the Bakewell/Brown prize for artistic rendering of architectural elements.

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Nathan Rynerson


Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Nathan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Connecticut College.  For more than a decade, Nathan worked for architectural firms in New York City and Oakland, before joining Sue Oda, Inc. in 2018. Nathan's architectural background adds a welcome dimension and expertise to the firm.  His extra-vocational passions range from world travel and ethnomusicology to the outdoors and spending time with his family.

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Awards and Recognitions

Best of the East Bay 2023Best of the East Bay 2022Best of El Cerrito 2022