Firm Profile

SALT Landscape Architects is a Los Angeles-based design studio that creates enduring, engaging, and innovative landscapes at a range of scales. The firm's name, derived from "salt of the earth," reflects the grounding and site-specific nature that we strive for in all of our projects. We believe well designed landscapes should be poetic, dynamic, and evolving, as well as ecologically sensitive. Our designs are rooted in the unique character of a site's individual spatial qualities, environment, history and context. Our spaces expresses the specific enduring qualities of their distinctive location, serves the needs of the users, and connects visitors to the land and environment.

We believe collaboration produces better projects. We work closely with clients and communities to fully understand their objectives and desires for the project and carefully study the existing environmental conditions such as microclimates, soil, topography, wind, and sun patterns that inform the final design. Our realized projects are the product of an open process through which we engage in an ongoing dialogue with the client and community from concept through construction. Through this collaboration, the innovative use of materials, the integration of sustainable strategies, and a sensitivity to the specific site, we create meaningful and memorable spaces.

Allen Compton

Allen Compton is a registered landscape architect in the state of California and winner of multiple ASLA awards. He has a wide range of experience in both public and private sector design and project management. He has designed projects for the Los Angeles Unified School District, County of Los Angeles, Pepperdine University, City of Brea, Los Angeles Council District 14, Trust for Public Land, Sony Studios, and California Institute of the Arts.

He is a member of ASLA, the Complete Street Coalition, and was recently elected co-chair of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Pedestrian Advisory Committee. He is currently providing pro-bono consulting to the Take Back the Boulevard initiative, where he is helping community leaders bring Complete Street improvements to Colorado Boulevard, in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles. He is also a member of the Council District 14 Median Advisory Committee, where he is helping to develop a sustainable, low-water, and low-maintenance planting strategy for medians in the district.

Client List

Skid Row Housing Trust

Trust for Public Land

Temple Israel, Long Beach

Aspire Public Schools

Aveson Charter School

California Institute of the Arts

Los Angeles Unified School District

Pacific Charter School Development

Pepperdine University

Yeshiva of Los Angeles, Girls High School

Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks

Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, Watershed Protection Division

Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Active Transportation Division

Los Angeles Department of Health Services, MLK Medical Center

Abramson Teiger Architects

NAC Architecture

Rios Clementi Hale Studios