JERDE Integrates Superjacent in Major Push to Expand Landscape and Urban Design Services

Feb 21, 2019

Citing client demand, iconic architecture and urban planning firm hires full team with experience designing over 1,500 acres of open space worldwide 


JERDE announced today that it has hired all executives and employees of Superjacent, a landscape architecture and urban design firm with experience designing more than 1,500 acres of open space around the globe. Superjacent is currently working on a wide range of projects along the West Coast including a new TOD masterplan for the City of Compton, new mixed-use residential and hotel projects throughout Los Angeles, as well as a creative office campus in the Arts District.

Superjacent founders and partners, Tony Paradowski and Chris Torres, are now Vice Presidents and Design Principals at JERDE, and have brought their full design team to the company to reside within a new business unit. The Superjacent Studio of JERDE will be a global design laboratory for public space and landscape architecture.  Housed within JERDE’s Downtown Los Angeles headquarters, the studio will have the nimbleness of a small design studio combined with JERDE's structure, resources, and 40 years of global design experience.

“We were very attracted to Superjacent based upon our shared values of placemaking and designing unique public spaces,” said John Simones, JERDE Chairman and Design Director. “We are very excited to bring the Superjacent team onboard.  Landscape and architecture—working together as one —creates a totality where ideas and experiences flow indoors and out.”

Superjacent Studio of JERDE will work at both a local and international level creating vibrant public spaces for retail and cultural districts, transit-oriented development, urban housing, hospitality/resorts, and master planning projects.  These kinds of projects promote the primary need for public spaces in all communities as a vital aspect of life in the contemporary urban environment.

“There is tremendous demand, not just from our clients, but industry-wide, to design unique and innovative public spaces within projects – what we’ve always referred to as the spaces between the buildings where people spend time,” said Paul Martinkovic, JERDE Chief Executive Officer. “Because many of our designs, whether it be Namba Parks in Japan or Oxígeno in Costa Rica, emphasize that connection between people and nature -—we see this strategic business move as a way to enhance our services and enter new and exciting markets.”




Tony Paradowski: A landscape architect and urbanist with more than 25 years of experience creating public and private projects from concept to completion, Paradowski’s expansive view of design pushed his interest beyond architecture to engage the urban and natural context. Prior to co-founding Superjacent, Paradowski was a Senior Associate at Rios Clementi Hale Studios leading interdisciplinary design teams on a wide range of projects for over 16 years.  He led a team of architects, landscape architects, and consultants to create Grand Park, a 12-acre world class park in the heart of DTLA.  In addition, Paradowski has provided design leadership on various civic, institutional, mixed use and park projects including the Chess Park in Glendale, Columbia Square in Hollywood and LAC+USC Medical Center.

“One of our primary reasons for founding Superjacent was to advocate for vibrant landscapes and public open spaces both locally and abroad. Joining with JERDE will provide design opportunities at the international scale - expanding our knowledge of landscapes, both natural and cultural, while also extending our voice as a collective of thinkers creating public spaces,” said Paradowski.

Chris Torres: A landscape and urban designer with over a decade of experience creating urban landscapes in local and international contexts. He brings a strong research background to projects ranging from urban and ecological systems to site specific interventions. Torres  also teaches landscape architecture and urbanism at the University of Southern California School of Architecture and he is the Vice President of the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.  Prior to co-founding Superjacent, Torres was an Associate at Rios Clementi Hale Studios, where he held key roles in many large scale projects. He was a consultant for Walt Disney Imagineering, SOM and the public art program at LA METRO. Torres was a visiting researcher of urban design at QUT in Australia, graduate instructor of Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Planning and Geography at UC Berkeley, and creative director of the GROUND UP Journal.   “We want Superjacent Studio of JERDE to create landscapes that celebrate the unique cultural ecology of each project. Rapid urbanization and the effects of climate change are creating new challenges for cities and landscapes with an ever growing need to develop all projects from a sustainable and ecological posture. We see opportunities in these challenges to not only create resilient landscapes and cities but do so by celebrating the histories and traditions that make every place unique,” said Torres.

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