CHEE SALETTE landscape + architecture , a Los Angeles practice, was founded in 2009 with the belief in landscape and architecture’s crucial role in our cities and the fostering of urban ecologies through the interwoven relationship between communities, landscape, architecture, energy, and water. Spatial quality, perception, movement choreography, and program are crafted through performance to create hybridized spaces in the remaking of cities.
We engage in all scales and types of work- masterplan visions, infrastructure, urban design, parks, plazas, streetscapes, alleys, parking lots, renovations and restorations, office buildings, and housing. We strive to bring multiple values to our work and therefore multiple meanings to a wide cross section of people. We collaborate with community stakeholders, non-profits, government agencies, developers, artists, and design professionals to create holistic and meaningful projects with diverse experiences. We are driven to find optimal solutions within the project constraints and deliver maximum value to our clients.
Services include all aspects of research and design, construction documents, permitting and observation, 3D visualization tools, models and mockups, entitlement and public outreach. The studio is licensed for landscape and architecture in California and Arizona and is certified SBE, MBE, WBE, EBE, Metro SBE/DBE, and Harbor VSBE.
Marc Salette | Managing Principal
Marc is an architect from Québec, Canada with over 30 years of experience on a diverse range of significant projects worldwide. Marc has been involved in projects large and small from concept design and programming, to community outreach and entitlement, to construction documents and administration. He led the design of Lakeside, a holistic project for the regeneration of a 840-unit affordable housing campus in San Leandro near Oakland, including new building exteriors, new amenities and a new landscape. As principal of Chee Salette and as part of the PBY Collaborative, Marc was a lead designer of the Piggyback Yard, an award-winning master plan for the transformation of a rail yard in Downtown Los Angeles, on the east bank of the LA River. He also designed the transformation of Beverly Park Apartments on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles.
Marc is the managing principal and director of architecture projects. He provides overall design and management guidance, technical oversight and quality control on all projects, as well as contract and cost management. Marc’s skills as a communicator and collaborator helps move projects forward and leads community outreach efforts. His sensitivity to the many nuances of a project - political, cultural, economic - is instrumental in helping the community and stakeholders coalesce and arrive at a consensus. This was particularly key in the four-month intensive community outreach process recently completed for the January 8th Memorial and El Presidio Park Masterplan in Tucson, Arizona. Marc led a series of stakeholder workshops and public forums which garnered overwhelming support from the public as well as from county and city representatives, and provided the foundation on which the project is moving forward.
Prior to founding Chee Salette, Marc practiced with Frank Gehry for 20 years, the last 6 as a partner, where he was in charge of projects such as the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, the Stata Center at MIT, the Brooklyn Arena and Towers, the Brooklyn Atlantic Yards Residential and Open Space Masterplan, the Beekman Tower in Manhattan, and office buildings in Berlin and Prague.
Marc graduated from the School of Architecture at Laval University in Quebec, Canada. He is a licensed architect in California, a member of the American Institute of Architects, a LEED accredited professional, and is fluent in English and French.
Tina Chee | Design Principal
Tina is an architect, landscape architect, educator and a native of Los Angeles with over 25 years of experience in urban design, landscape and architecture on a wide range of project types and scales worldwide. Since founding the studio in 2009, she leads the practice as design principal and manages the landscape projects. Tina provides design direction and guidance to projects and oversees the production of all documents. She is highly involved in all projects from the start to the development of details and is hands-on at construction sites to ensure the translation of ideas into built form and provides quality control. She draws from her deep experience in landscape and architecture to create synergies between site, buildings, and environmental systems to create hybridized landscapes that are multi-purposed, performative, and regenerative.
Prior to founding the studio, Tina was the senior design associate and project manager on a multitude of local and international landscape projects at swa, solidifying her knowledge base in plant types, the design of on-structure landscapes, landscape construction, and the masterplanning of large scale urban parks, neighborhoods, and waterfront projects. Prior to her experience in landscape, she practiced architecture as a senior associate with Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, and Renzo Piano on many key projects that have transformed our urban environment such as Brooklyn Atlantic Yards Masterplan, Barclay's Office Tower, Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, and the University of Petronas in Malaysia.
Tina’s landscape project experience includes a wide range of civic parks, plazas, and streetscapes; institutional landscapes for primary schools and colleges; commercial landscapes for mixed-use retail and hospitality; and residential landscapes including the masterplan of large scale residential neighborhoods. Her architecture experience includes high rise office buildings, academic facilities, cultural institutions for museums and the performing arts, and mid rise residential and hospitality buildings. She has worked in all phases of a project including the masterplanning phase, the entitlement phase with public outreach and community workshops, the permitting and bidding phases, construction observation, project close out, and post-occupancy monitoring.
Tina received her Master of Landscape Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from the University of Southern California. She is a licensed architect and landscape architect in California and Arizona, and is a LEED accredited professional. She also collaborates with allied design professionals on landscape projects through TINA CHEE landscape studio.