Pamela Burton Oral History

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Pioneers Oral Histories

Pamela Burton Oral History

Pamela Burton Oral History
Jan 10, 2020

The life, career, and design philosophy of Santa Monica-based landscape architect Pamela Burton is the subject of the seventeenth oral history in the award-winning Pioneers of American Landscape Design® Oral History Project series.

Founding her firm shortly after graduation from the University of California, Los Angeles, Burton was influenced by Modernist and contemporary architects, artists, and landscape architects throughout her decades-long career. Burton studied landscape architecture at UCLA under Charles Moore and Bill Mitchell, starting her own practice in 1975. Burton is a prolific designer of residential, commercial, and civic landscapes, many in Southern California. Her designs are influenced by a site-specific layout and plant palette, a wide range of guiding principles from California modernism to wabi-sabi, her love of art, and an interest in sustainability. Notably, Burton designed the grounds of several homes by architect Richard Neutra. Through her writing and myriad commissions for public and private projects alike, she has become a leading figure in the profession, especially in her native Southern California. Her extensive career and her ecologically sensitive and artistically inclined approach were the subject of Pamela Burton Landscapes, a hardbound volume published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010.