Chris Torres is a landscape urbanist with 7 years 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. His experience utilizing emerging technologies in landscape architecture, urbanism, and public art creates engaging and memorable contemporary environments.
Prior to co-founding Superjacent, Chris 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. He 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. He is actively involved in research through Proyecto MegaAgua, which identifies water assets and develops innovative technologies to allow for increased potable water availability in the global market.
Grant Saita is a Senior Designer and Studio Director at Superjacent Studio of JERDE. He is a landscape designer with seven years of experience creating landscapes at a variety of scales. His work experience spans private residences, public parks, and campus master plans. In the approach of each design he tries to find a moment where he can connect the experience of the landscape to each user.
Before joining Superjacent, Grant was an Associate at Rios Clementi Hale Studios, designer at Hood Design and designer at KSA Design studio. He taught as a graduate instructor and research assistant in the Landscape Architecture Department at UC Berkeley focusing on the design of cultural landscapes. Grant holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley and Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Tony Paradowski is a landscape architect and urbanist with over 25 years of experience creating public and private projects from concept to completion. Initially trained as an architect, Tony’s expansive view of design pushed his interest beyond architecture to engage the urban and natural context. His enthusiasm and passion for design are visible in everything he does.
Prior to co-founding Superjacent, Tony was a Senior Associate at Rios Clementi Hale Studios leading interdisciplinary design teams on a wide range of projects for over 16 years. Tony led a team of architects, landscape architects, and consultants to create Grand Park, a 12-acre world class park in the heart of DTLA. The project has received multiple local and national design achievement awards and has been featured in publications around the globe. In addition, Tony 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.
Estevan Castaneda is a project designer at Superjacent Studio of JERDE. He is passionate about creating spaces that function not only from a cultural perspective but open dialogues for issues facing urban communities, including social and environmental justice. A native of South LA, he sees landscape as a way of creating community and having a positive impact on low income neighborhoods.
Prior to joining Superjacent, Estevan interned at AHBE Landscape Architects and participated in the ASLA PPN “Urban Voids”project at the SWA Sausalito office. Estevan holds a BSLA from Cal Poly Pomona.