Denise Armijo

Associate, Project Manager

Denise can’t remember a time that she didn’t like spending time around plants.  Her love of nature was reinforced by the inspiring landscape of Scripps College during undergraduate studies.  She learned to really appreciate the skill of creating nurturing green spaces while living in San Francisco some years later and learned that there is a thing called ‘landscape architecture’!  The mix of plant design and variety of project types appealed to her and she decided to pursue formal studies of landscape architecture.  Seventeen years later she is still enjoying learning new things and assisting clients with navigating all things landscape related.


A.S. Landscape Architecture San Diego Mesa College,

San Diego, CA 

Landscape Architecture Curriculum, 

UC Berkely Extension, San Francisco, CA 

B.A. Modern French Civilization

Scripps College, Claremont, CA


Colina del Sol Recreation Council

California Native Plant Society


Ms. Armijo’s has over 17 years of experience including project management, HOA master plans, community development, park and recreation design, open space and habitat preservation, trails development, and HOA Services.  Ms. Armijo is also accomplished in processing of preliminary and final documents (for both private and public clients), coordinating and obtaining multi-agency approvals, and preparing materials for public / community group meetings.


Ms. Armijo’s experience includes successful community outreach and consensus gathering for multi-jurisdictional projects, community master planning and parks.  She has successfully prepared and presented materials for and/or participated in outreach efforts ranging from public and community meetings with upwards of 400 participants to smaller one-on-one and interactive events such as information booths at community Easter Egg Hunts, or charettes at Recreation Council meetings and Committee meetings.  Successful consensus gathering efforts include several projects with oppositional stakeholders where VDLA was brought in mid-process. 


Also accomplished in technical writing. Ms. Armijo understands the importance of clear communications and graphics tailored to the particular audience and situation. Technical efforts requiring stakeholder buy-in include agency landscape guidelines and ordinances, as well as contributions to EIR/EIS and CEQA/NEPA documents.