Historic Preservation Meets Modern Design Elegance

Client:  Tim Wright, Wright Real Estate Management and Development  Architect:  AVRP Skyport Studios  Tenant:  The Indiana Luxury Apartments  Sector:  Residential/Communities  Size:  Site 24,326 s.f.; Lot coverage 8,635 s.f.  McCullough Project Manager:  Eric Tran, ASLA  Services:  Landscape Design, Environmental Planning

Client: Tim Wright, Wright Real Estate Management and Development
Architect: AVRP Skyport Studios
Tenant: The Indiana Luxury Apartments
Sector: Residential/Communities
Size: Site 24,326 s.f.; Lot coverage 8,635 s.f.
McCullough Project Manager: Eric Tran, ASLA
Services: Landscape Design, Environmental Planning

McCullough’s recent collaboration with the architectural firm AVRP Skyport Studios, completed a beautifully designed landscape for Indiana Street Apartments, located on the west side of North Park. AVRP’s architectural design is a blend of colonial bungalows built in1920s and three new modern multi-dwelling apartments. The project was designed to incorporate these two remaining historical-designated homes with the contemporary structures.

The entire development includes 23 units on a half-acre canyon near the intersection of Indiana Street and Myrtle Avenue.

Our designers created an arrangement of our traditional species of plants, like Rosa Floribunda ‘iceberg’ and Ligustrum Texanum (pictured below). These were combined with other plants that are more commonly used today, such as Hesperaloe Parviflora and those popular, drought-resistant aloes and agaves (pictured below). This juxtaposition of two distinct plant selections illustrates how seamlessly the plant palettes work together, creating interest within their contrast. The finished landscape has a pleasant fragrance from the variety of flowering plants. Passersby will be tempted to stop and take it all in.

As stewards of the built environment, our team thrives on this playful, creative challenge, specifically for the preservation of historic spaces like found with this project. Our work is formed around our company’s vision, which is rooted in empathy, community and the human spirit engaged in nature. We believe the Indiana Street Apartments reflects this vision.

Eric Tran, ASLA
Studio Team Leader

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Rosa Floribunda ‘iceberg’

Rosa Floribunda ‘iceberg’

Hesperaloe Parviflora

Hesperaloe Parviflora

Agave Blue Glow

Agave Blue Glow



Our President and CEO Catherine McCullough was just interviewed this past week by Patricia Kathleen, a San Diego-based entrepreneur and host of her self-titled podcast series. During her podcast, Patricia discusses with industry leaders what experiences women have in today’s business world. She interviews women entrepreneurs, founders, business owners and gurus from diverse backgrounds and industries.

Hear how Catherine’s journey brought her to lead McCullough, a thriving landscape architecture firm, in today’s challenging built industry. Her advice and encouragement will help other ambitious women to become leaders in their respective businesses.

McCullough’s New Accountant Focuses on Project Tracking

These photos are from our project at SDSU East Campus Drive.

As McCullough continues to grow, having an experienced accountant to manage project costs benefits our clients and our front office. It’s with great pleasure that we welcome Victoria “Vika” Gallich, our latest hire and Project Accountant.



Vika will support project administration, accounts receivable and contract records management.

After earning her associate’s degree in accounting from a college in Bellingham, Washington, Vika went on to achieve her Bachelor of Integral Studies from California Institute for Human Science. She recently moved to San Diego from San Francisco where she worked at Source Planning Construction as a project accountant.

“As a nature lover, I am excited to join a team of visionaries who thoughtfully create beautiful green spaces all over the world. I look forward to bringing a mindful approach to accounting, and I am thankful for all of the clients that partner with us.”
—Vika Gallich

President and CEO Catherine McCullough commented, “Vika is specialized in accounting for the construction industry. She will help our firm analyze project-management procedures and maximize service efficiencies. This will be reflected in improved project delivery and strengthened client service.”

A fun fact about Vika is that she loves big adventures; she once owned four motorcycles and embarked on long-distance motorcycle trips throughout Canada and the United States.



Our President/CEO/CMO Catherine McCullough is headed to Washington D.C. July 31st through August 2nd for the annual SMPS Build Business conference. Highlights this year include:

• Digital skills labs (customized technology-based learning);

• A symposium on building your firm’s seller-doer strategy;

• A swanky rooftop reception, where guests will enjoy stunning views of the Capitol at sunset.

A/E/C professionals from around the nation meet each year to learn innovative marketing and service practices, make valuable contacts to expand their network and learn the latest strategies in business development, marketing and leadership.

Are you attending the conference? Catherine would love to grab coffee or lunch and hear about your conference experience—click below to connect on LinkedIn and send her a message.

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McCullough HAD A Swingin’ TIME at the SMPS Golf Tournament


SMPS San Diego went above and beyond to deliver another great golf tournament this year. Not only did we have a blast, the proceeds went to benefit Monarch School, which provides education, skills and experience to homeless youth in need.

Thank you clients, colleagues and friends for taking a break at Hole 10 for refreshments and to pick up a few of our awesome giveaways.
(Special note: People LOVED the safari hats)

Marty Glaske of Gafcon, won the $50 Nordstrom gift card. Congratulations! A not-so-secret-secret...the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is currently going until August 4th!

Soulful Designer Brings Valuable Experience to McCullough

These photos are from our project Plant Power at San Diego State University.

Please join us in welcoming Johanna Mall, the latest addition to our growing team of talented designers. As a Junior Associate, her experience in civic development, education, sports and recreation and inventive approach to planting design brings clients more value to every McCullough project.


Meet Johanna Mall, ASLA

Johanna is an artsy, creative and bubbly designer, raised by immigrant parents and fluent in three languages. Her upbringing and travel adventures give her an acute awareness of the importance of culturally diverse experiences. Her passion for design stems from her fascination with how urban and folk traditions influence landscape design. The cultural integration between her Mexican, German and American roots, gives her a unique perspective to connect people and places with an element of empathy for the spaces she designs. She strives to apply “genius loci” to capture “the spirit of place” by designing places with a unique, vernacular cultural identity that people feel connected to.

Specialties that Johanna brings to McCullough’s projects:

• Civic development
• Creative approach to planting design
• Education / Sports & Recreation

Education: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Certifications/Awards: Sigma Lambda Alpha – Landscape Architecture

Johanna is a consummate rock climber, both indoors and out nearly every day. When she’s not climbing, she’s playing guitar or tending to her abundant collection of houseplants. You can also find her casually head-banging in mosh pits at punk rock shows on Friday nights.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to grow professionally and creatively through their fearless approach to design and excited to add even more soul to the grit and style that is McCullough."
— Johanna Mall, ASLA

empowering aec marketers through storytelling


Catherine McCullough is currently featured in SMPS Marketer Online, a nationally distributed publication. “Our job as marketers is to tell stories,” said Catherine. “That’s what SMPS leadership is all about…how we can help others learn from our experience.”

The article recounts her discussion with other leaders at the President’s Leadership Symposium, held in April Washington D.C., discussing how connecting through individual stories empowers marketers to “lead the charge” for their firms.

Read the article →



The time has come again for the annual SMPS San Diego Golf Tournament! Throw on your safari suit and join us Friday, June 28th for a day of golf at the Vineyard at Escondido Golf Club followed by a great banquet dinner. We hear there will also be appearances by some exotic, wild animals!

We’ll be golfing and serving refreshments at our beverage hole as Chui sponsors. Make sure you stop by to say hi!

Register here →