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PREMIER Landscape Architect Studio

MSA proudly offers Landscape Architecture on its menu of available services.

Thanks to our innovative partnership with RGA Landscape Architects, a Design Studio at MSA Consulting, the Valley’s premier landscape design firm brings decades of creative design experience to bear on every assignment. Our landscape architecture services cover the life of a development project from initial design to preparation of construction drawings for irrigation and planting. In an age and area emphasizing water conservation, we also successfully respond to established water budgets and meet new Agency water management restrictions.

what we do

Featured Services

Landscape and Irrigation Plans

Construction Documents and Monitoring

Sustainability Plans

Streetscape Design

Water Conservation Calculations


About the team.

MSA is a recognized expert in the design of water efficient landscapes as well as the design of hardscape elements in plazas, water features and parks. Understanding that quality design is a given, we also strive to maintain an excellent working relationship with our clients, our fellow consultants and the governing bodies of the jurisdictions in which our projects are located.

MSA is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and we have LEED accredited professionals on staff. Our LEED certified projects achieve the best in water efficiency and are also award-winning landscape architectural designs. We are also industry leaders in the use of solar powered irrigation controllers and photo-voltaic landscape lighting.

MSA is a service oriented design practice, and we will understand the importance of budget and scheduling for construction projects.

Mark Lenning

Director of landscape studio

Tom Miller

Landscape Senior Project Manager

Jarvis Payne

Senior Landscape Architect

Ester Wang

Landscape Architect

Denise Rodarte

Landscape Associate

Erin Bohlin

Landscape Associate

Jenna Bland

Landscape Associate

Jacklynn Galvan

Administrative assistant

Tim White

Senior Project Manager

Shelby Jenkins

Landscape CAD Designer


What we do.

Our landscape architecture services cover the life of a development project from initial design to preparation of construction drawings for irrigation and planting. In an age and area emphasizing water conservation, we also successfully respond to established water budgets and meet new Agency water management restrictions.

Landscape and Irrigation Plans.

Streetscape Design.

Construction Documents and Monitoring.

Water Conservation Calculations.

Sustainability Plans.

Urban Design.


Award winning Design.

As award-winning landscape architects, we have worked around the Southwest to create landscape designs that add beauty and function to public spaces, while incorporating native plants and water efficient irrigation systems. Our projects range from parks and recreational areas to plazas and green spaces around buildings in commercial and residential settings.

Below you will see numerous examples of our work that has transformed areas through thoughtful, artful landscape design that respects the local space.

Mark Lenning, ASLA

Director of Landscape Studio

Mark Lenning joined RGA Landscape Architects, a Design Studio of MSA, in early 2019. Mark’s twenty-four years of professional landscape architecture experience ranges from urban infill sites and historically significant neighborhoods to large-scale master planned and golf communities located in the Western and Midwestern U.S., Costa Rica, North Africa, and the Middle East. His passion for design, architecture, and travel complements his ability to lead complex design projects in new and challenging environments. Mark has held principal and managing principal positions for respected design firms throughout California, where his extensive experience in large-scale community development provided valuable insight throughout the planning and design process. Mark studied both business administration and landscape architecture in Southern California and is a member of the Urban Land Institute and Building Industry Association.

Tom Miller

Landscape Senior Project Manager

Tom Miller is a seasoned project manager with a consistent track record of success in the management of a broad range of landscape architectural projects. He is knowledgeable in project phases and processes with developers, cities and other agencies. He has managed hundreds of projects, several from initiation to closing with project durations ranging from months to years, from custom single-family residences to large, complex multi-family developments. Tom is responsible for project staffs that include Principal designers, drafters, and all management levels. He has a reputation for high quality and on-time delivery in challenging situations. Tom is an excellent problem solver and a strong leader who inspires confidence and trust in others and motivates project staff to perform at high levels to consistently meet project expectations.

Jarvis Payne

Senior Landscape Architect

Jarvis Payne has over 30 years of designing and project managing landscape development projects throughout the West Coast; from residential estate gardens in Northern California; biotech corporate campuses in metropolitan Portland Oregon; new University campuses in Eastern Oregon; to waterfront parks in Sacramento California. Jarvis excels at taking complex projects from initial design concepts, preparing thorough detailed construction documentation and finally overseeing the installation of the successfully completed project. He strives to create distinctive project specific landscapes that reflect unique site conditions and client program needs. Jarvis views Landscape Architecture as the assimilation of exterior ‘architecture’ with overlays of subtle artistic brush strokes. The goal being to create exterior spaces that enhance our quality of life. The Coachella Valley lets Jarvis explore his passion for mid-century modern design in architecture, landscape, and interior design. Jarvis likes to explore new food and drink recipes while entertaining friends and family. Joshua Tree offers hiking and thrift shop explorations where Jarvis can recharge his battery and connect with the beauty of the desert.

Julian A. De La Torre, P.E.

President / Principal Engineer

Mr. De La Torre, born and raised in the Coachella Valley, attended UCLA and graduated with an Engineering degree in 1983. He has been a Registered Civil Engineer since 1989.  He joined MSA in 1995, serving as a Design Engineer and Senior Project Manager for a wide variety of public agency and private development projects. In 2007, Mr. De La Torre became the firm’s Vice President and Principal Engineer, serving as a key member of MSA’s management team, responsible for day-to-day management of multiple projects along with delivery of designs within time and budget. In April 2018, with over 35-years’ experience and a deep understanding of MSA, he became the firm’s President responsible for the firm’s overall vision, mission, values, and strategic goals.