Marlene has been a resident in Palos Verdes Estates since 1985. Her design studio is located in Lunada Bay, and she has been a submitting professional in our city for over 36 years. Originally from New Jersey and educated at Parsons School of Design in NYC, her degree in environmental design nurtured an interdisciplinary working style, with studies in urban planning, architecture, structures, landscape, interiors, and lighting.
Special studies on the Olmsted firm, both at Parsons and through symposia by the National Association of Olmsted Parks, has instilled a deeper insight into the history of our community and sparked inspiration for the future.
Marlene is currently a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, the Mediterranean Garden Society, the California Native Plant Society, and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. Extensive volunteer efforts past and present include Board Member for the Lunada Bay Homeowners Association, steering committee for Beautify Lunada Bay, Committee Chairperson for PTA, and docent activities for the Palos Verdes Art Center and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.
Like many young families, Marlene and Patrick arrived in Lunada Bay with two pre-schoolers in tow, seeking good schools and the best climate in Los Angeles. Remodeling the aging 1050’s ‘Dream Fixer’ was an introduction to the Art Jury process, an experience common to many homeowners in our neighborhoods. After a successful remodel and many busy years, the three daughters are grown, Patrick is now retired, and the house needs another ’fix’. Everything circles back.
Marlene continues to enjoy working in our extraordinary community and is enthusiastic about contributing to the Palos Verdes legacy.