Founded in 2008, Prairieform is a landscape, urban design, and engagement practice that involves diverse audiences in the design, creation, and exploration of landscapes and urban spaces and places. We do so by way of play, engaging the hands and senses, and involving everyone in exploring the layers of learning and discovery that our landscapes and urban spaces provide. Fully licensed, bonded, and insured in the state of California (C-27 #1039171).
Landscape design and build / hands-on community engagement for landscape, transportation, and urban design projects / film, video, editing, and scores for landscape- and design-related topics / participatory prototyping for public-space design / trainings on creating irrigation-free landscapes, urban planning advocacy, and engagement / research, monitoring, and data collection for landscapes / urban tree-canopy restoration plans
CLIENTS / WORKED WITH
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles / Safe Routes Partnership / Alta Planning / Salazar Architects / Dudek / Metropolitan Transportation Commission / Los Angeles County Planning / Place It! / SPUR / Longfellow Community Council / Abraham Lincoln High School / Rosewood Urban Design and Planning Magnet School / AARP / the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization / Fieldworks Collaborative / Machinaloci Space
Founder and owner of Prairieform, John is an urban and landscape designer, facilitator, and licensed landscape contractor (CA #1039171). He has over 15 years of experience in engaging diverse audiences in the design, creation, installation, and exploration of landscapes and urban spaces and places. He is the co-author of the book Dream Play Build, which explores hands-on ways of engaging everyone in landscape, urban planning, and transportation design.
Frequent Collaborator: James Rojas
We collaborate most frequently with James Rojas of Place It! You may explore the work of Place It! and James Rojas further by clicking on the links below.
Mentoring / shadowing
We frequently get contacted by young folks who are interested in careers in landscape design, urban planning, and community engagement. It can be a jungle out there, so we are happy to meet with you and talk more about how to strategically carve out a meaningful career and niche for yourself within this sometimes daunting professional landscape. Pictured here is Rachel Kerr, a recent graduate of Wesleyan University who worked as our production assistant on the Maximum Walk and Roll Video.