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Bringing art, engineering, and innovation to outdoor spaces

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Firma Design Group creates beautiful, functional, sustainable outdoor spaces for homeowners, developers, institutions, and municipalities in California, Nevada, North Dakota, and beyond. As a multidisciplinary firm of landscape architects, planners, and civil engineers, creative collaboration is in our DNA. Our clients are an essential part of the process, from conceptual ideas to scheduling and budgeting, and our innovative designs represent the thoughtful integration of a client’s goals with the opportunities and constraints specific to each site.

With our attention to detail, service oriented approach, and a thorough understanding of planning requirements, Firma Design Group has earned a reputation for excellence. Our principals have over five decades of combined experience, and have developed great working relationships with local municipalities. This enables our clients to get the permits and approvals they need without frustrating delays.

We are fluent in the development of sustainable and “green” project designs, working drawings, technical specifications, and construction observation. Our in-depth experience spans a wide range of projects, including streetscapes, downtown redevelopment, urban and rural parks, mixed-use commercial/residential spaces, high-density and single-family residential developments, custom homes, and habitat restoration.

To see some of our current projects, check out our portfolio.

History

Firma Design Group (FDG) was founded in 2000. CEO and President Martin Goldsbrough and Vice President Michael Cook have collaborated on many projects throughout the years, and formally joined forces in 2011 with a shared vision of the ideal land development firm:

Focused on excellent client communication and the highest-quality service, design, and reputation.

Prior to that, Marty was principal of Land Development Solutions, Inc. as well as principal of Martin Consulting, a land development and construction service company. Marty has over 35 years of experience in project management for residential and commercial developments, land entitlement processing, construction supervision, feasibility studies, and the design of infrastructure improvements. He has successfully represented clients in the approvals process before many review agencies, and he coordinates the engineering design and other design disciplines from inception through the completion of construction.

Before creating FDG, Michael was principal of Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect, a planning and landscape architecture firm, and also worked as a project manager and senior landscape architect for several North Bay Area landscape architecture firms. Mike is a Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA), and is well-versed in city planning, design guidelines and municipal codes throughout California. His knowledge of green initiatives and experience with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accreditation helps clients achieve the smallest carbon footprint for their project.

In November of 2011, FDG acquired Ralph J. Alexander & Associates, a premier landscape architectural firm with offices in Redding and Novato and over 35 years of experience. Firma Design Group is proud to have aquired Ralph's firm, and continue to provide our clients with the same dedication, expertise, and attention to detail that Ralph did for over 35 years.