Integrated Design Studio (IDS) specializes in landscape design and planning for single family residences, schools, communities, commercial, and resort projects.
We believe that creative, cohesive, and sustainable results are achieved through the integration of design team members, clients, and stakeholders into the design process. IDS serves as a designer, facilitator, and project manager, achieving clear benefits for our clients, site users and communities.
Our projects vary in scope and scale, from residential garden design to comprehensive master planning. Our expertise includes conceptual designs, design development, construction documents, master/specific plan documents, 3D rendering, and marketing strategies. We usher projects through design review, construction permits, including envisioning sessions and community workshops. At any scale, we provide specialized focus attention to both the aesthetics and livability of the built environment.
IDS works collaboratively with a core base of “IDS Partner firms”, providing clients with a smoothly integrated multidisciplinary approach to more complex projects. This collective team of qualified professionals expands our capabilities and adds creative energy to our integrated process. Our partner firms consists of architects, landscape architects, green building consultants, graphic artists, engineers, interior designers, and marketing/branding specialists.
Integrated Design Studio, Inc. was founded by Michael Erskine, and Jane Sedonaen, ASLA. Collectively, they bring over forty years of experience in master planning, site design, community process, workshop facilitation, landscape construction, and garden design.
OUTDOOR DESIGN CENTER
The IDS Outdoor Design Center, located in Mill Valley, CA, showcases our custom landscape design. On site, clients and design teams experience quality design elements, materials, and accessories. This unique garden setting aims to spark creativity and generate a dialogue between homeowners, designers and suppliers to generate ideas through viewing designs, materials, finishes, planting, and lighting. Contact us to schedule appointment to meet and view the IDS Outdoor Design Center.
Michael Erskine, Principal
As a Marin County native, Michael has over 25 years of experience in landscape planning and design, construction management, and residential development. As a Landscape Architect, he has provided planning, design, technical analysis, construction administration, for custom residential projects, mixed‐use developments and four season resorts. Michael strives to create environmentally sensitive and people‐friendly spaces for our clients and directs the IDS team to achieve a distinctive blend of naturally occurring features, innovative configurations, and rich textures in our work.
As a Landscape Architect, residential designer, and builder, Michael brings a variety of experience to projects that provide his designs an important blend of architecture that is connected to the outdoor environment. Michael has completed several projects where he has been the visionary, development proponent, and been the development manager.
In his free time, you can find Michael hiking the trails with his wife and dogs, sailing/kitesurfing the Bay Area and beyond, and biking the back roads and trails of Marin. He is a Landscape Architect licensed in the State of California (#CA4076).
Jane Sedonaen, Principal
Jane is a founding Principal of Integrated Design Studio. She has over 25 years of experience in urban planning, community planning, recreation, and landscape architecture. Prior to becoming a Landscape Architect, Jane worked a director for several recreational and training programs, providing workshops for local community groups and municipal park and recreation departments. Jane also served for several years as faculty at San Francisco State University in the Department of Recreation, the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and UC Berkeley Extension. Jane has extensive experience with teaching and group facilitation.
As a Landscape Architect, Jane has designed and managed both small and large site planning projects, including school campuses, sustainable gardens, resorts, and single family residential master plans. Jane uses her facilitation skills to lead community workshops, design charettes, and planning sessions. She is a strong believer in the value of client and stakeholder input to the design process. Jane emphasizes that comprehensive site design needs to incorporate not only the physical site, but also the larger social context and environmental factors. Her deep understanding of social interactions and human behavior guide the IDS team to create useful and meaningful places.
In her spare time, Jane enjoys water sports, biking, spending time with her two small dogs, and teaching mindfulness classes with The Mindfulness Collaborative.
Jane holds a B.S. in Urban Studies from Brown University and Masters in Recreation at San Francisco State University. Jane is a licensed Landscape Architect in the State of California (#CA5057).
Pam has twenty years of experience in landscape design and construction in the Bay Area. Her experience includes parks and resort planning; streetscape, trails and campus master planning; commercial landscapes; residential gardens; and design team leadership. She led the completion of the SFPUC College Hill Learning Garden in Bernal Heights, San Francisco (opened April 2016). She has also worked on several SFUSD Green Schoolyards. Pam has extensive experience in project management and team coordination, and is an active street tree Planting Leader with Friends of the Urban Forest on weekends.
Pam has a BFA from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, and a Certificate in Landscape Architecture through the University of California, Berkeley Extension Program. She recently taught plant identification and design principles at the School of Landscape Architecture at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Pam is a licensed Landscape Architect in the State of California (#CA5039), an ISA Certified Arborist (#WE-9617A), and holds a LEED Green Associate credential from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Devin, originally from San Diego, moved to the Bay Area to surround himself with creative likeminded people and the diverse outdoor environments that Northern California has to offer.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from San Francisco State University, he worked as a tree inspector and soon after acquired his Arborist Certification. He came to realize that his true interests involve developing habitable spaces for plants, animals, and humans to co-exist, so he enrolled in the Landscape Architecture certificate program at U.C. Berkeley Extension. Devin is happy to work for IDS, and is continually inspired by the work ethic of his co-workers and principals. In his free time, he enjoys drinking cold I.P.A.’s, so much so that he named his dog Ipa.
While growing up in Brazil, Mirelle learned how design can impact and change people’s lives. This compelled her to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Pontifical Catholic University of Goiás. In 2007, she moved to San Francisco, and used her relocation as an opportunity to study Landscape Architecture at U.C. Berkeley Extension.
After graduating, she worked in commercial and community development as well as residential design. Inspired by her love for nature, Mirelle continues to expand her knowledge by analyzing and constructing social and ecological schemes in landscapes. In her free time, she likes hiking in the wild, photographing native plants, or just enjoying the sunset with her husband.
From a young age, Kari enjoyed studying and designing various art forms, eventually pursuing her passion for Landscape Architecture and urban design at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. While studying urban design for a semester at Scuola Di Amministrazione Aziendale in Torino, Italy, she became particularly interested in how design makes people interact with space.
She is currently working towards attaining her Landscape Architecture license. Outside of IDS, Kari enjoys traveling to new countries and eating different cuisines. She also likes outdoor activities, especially hiking and playing soccer.
Tim chose to pursue Landscape Architecture as a means to enrich lives by reconnecting people to the natural world. He is strongly interested in environmental issues and edible landscapes. Tim has a bachelor’s of science from Illinois State University in Art Education and a master’s of art in painting from Governor’s State University.
Tim’s love of art led him to teach high school art for eight years in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, then he transitioned into design and received his certificate in Landscape Architecture from U.C. Berkeley Extension. As a resident of Napa, Tim likes exploring the local wineries and, when his work and family schedule allows, he also enjoys painting and drawing as well as the occasional mountain biking adventure.
Amanda’s love of nature, math, and design led her to pursue a career in the field of Landscape Architecture. A Southern California native, she attended California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture with a concentration in Architectural Engineering, and a minor in Sustainable Environments.
After graduating, Amanda worked for design firms in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, developing expertise in all phases of design, from initial conceptual development and site analysis to construction administration. She spent time abroad, studying urban design and renaissance architecture in Tuscany, Italy, and renovating schools in Faridabad, India. Amanda is a licensed Landscape Architect in the State of California (#CA6276). In her spare time, she can be seen biting into apples at the local farmer’s market or running along seaside trails with her dog Biscotti.
André recently rejoined the team at IDS after nearly a decade operating a freelance graphic design studio. André first joined IDS in 2007, serving in a hybrid role that combined planning and design services with office management. André draws from his experience managing a creative practice to serve as a ‘hub’ for IDS – leading administrative, marketing, and operations for the firm. A North Bay native, André holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Urban Planning from Sonoma State University. Away from IDS, André maintains a studio practice where he hand crafts heirloom-quality patchwork quilts.
Born in the Jordan Valley of northern Israel, Neriah has always had a love for nature. After years of traveling the world she returned home to receive her landscape architecture degree from the Ruppin Engineering Academy. The blend of traveling and studying inspired her to combine her passion for modern art and design with sustainable and ecological practices to create beautiful, symbiotic environments where people coexist with nature. While finishing her degree, Neriah worked in a design firm with a concentration on large-scale urban and commercial design projects. Upon moving to California, Neriah transitioned into working as a freelance landscape designer specializing in residential landscapes. Her focus is on creating unique and aesthetic designs using plants, shapes and color combinations. In her free time Neriah enjoys hiking in nature, producing music, artistic photography and chasing wildflower blooms.