President, Landscape Architect
Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture & Environmental Studies Minor, University of Florida
Licensed Landscape Architect:
State of California: #3781
State of Florida: #758
American Society of Landscape Architects
Building Industry Association
Community Associations Institute
Mr. Phillippe is a Partner with the firm and has over 35 years of project experience, encompassing corporate office site design, campus and institutional projects, multi-family housing and residential community development, park and recreation facilities, civic facilities such as libraries and public plazas, mixed-use urban developments, resort / hotel projects and golf course landscape design. Through this diversity of experience, he has become well-versed in communication with both local and federal government agencies.
As Principal-in-Charge, his responsibilities include directing design concept development and overall quality control for the firm.
Mr. Phillippe has a special interest in working with institutional and campus-oriented projects, creating memorable gathering spaces, healing or meditative gardens, recreational opportunities, and allowing for movement and efficient circulation. Combined with over 35 years’ experience in planning of urban environments such as plazas, streetscapes, amphitheaters and passive green spaces, this experience is invaluable in evaluating the unique issues and opportunities in a campus environment. Mr. Phillippe has a keen understanding of design needs for creating "people spaces", and is well-versed in hardscape and landscape design detailing. He is knowledgeable in native and drought tolerant plant materials and in water conserving irrigation technology.
Mitch says he has sometimes wondered if his career in landscape architecture started when he was about 8 years old, when he was obsessed with digging a curvilinear turtle pond in his backyard in Miami Springs, Florida. He has loved the outdoors his entire life- the ocean, lakes and rivers, camping, hiking and traveling. When he was in 5th or 6th grade his geography teacher had the students draw maps and color in the different countries, mountain ranges, etc. and he really liked doing those drawings with the colored pencils! In junior high school he took a drafting class and in high school advanced to architectural drafting, built some architectural models, and figured he would become an architect.
When he got to the University of Florida he walked through the landscape architecture studios and saw the kind of projects they were doing, and decided to change his major to landscape architecture. The program at UF was very good, and the faculty instilled the importance of site analysis, a thorough design process, and environmental stewardship. Being creative and striving for excellence on all projects is what makes his job less like ‘work’. He moved to San Diego in 1988 and has been with VDLA ever since. His hobbies include playing the guitar, listening to music, and enjoying time with his family.
The most important issue of the 21st century will be the condition of the global environment.