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We foster a culture of collaboration, creativity, integrity, and responsiveness.

As our name suggests, we’re all about places and how they work—geographically, environmentally, functionally, aesthetically, and culturally—but we’re also passionate about how we work, both as a company and with each other.

Working together to envision and create great places for over 45 years.


We take a holistic approach, bringing together people from diverse practice areas to offer integrated and comprehensive expertise under one roof. We believe that collaboration—with our clients, communities, stakeholders, and colleagues—is essential to our success and requires meaningful outreach, engagement, and communication.

As ideas about place and community have evolved, so have we.

Our rich history goes back to the 1970s, and our services and practice areas have responded to address economic, environmental, and societal changes, as well as evolving and increasingly complex regulations. Building on this experience, PlaceWorks embraces new opportunities and challenges, while continuing to adapt and excel.

Our core values set us apart—helping define who we are and how we work.

We’re proud to contribute to a field devoted to improving our environment, communities, and institutions.

Quality. Our staff is conscientious, and our standards are high. We are proud to stand behind our work.

Responsiveness. We listen to our clients’ goals and tailor our plan of action to meet their specific needs. 

Respect. We respect people and our planet by creating successful, sustainable projects that respond to public concerns and work in harmony with the physical setting. 

Creativity. We use our experience, passion, and intelligence to approach problems from different perspectives and to propose innovative solutions.

Results. We maximize the value of our clients’ resources to achieve responsive, effective, and implementable results.

Integrity. We conduct ourselves with integrity in all our operations—fostering interactions and outcomes that are ethical, honest, responsible, and fair.

Our history

Founded in 1975, PlaceWorks’ longevity is a testament to the quality of our work.

PlaceWorks was founded in 1975 as The Center for Planning & Research and modeled after the principles of the Bauhaus School of Design in Germany, which aimed to bring design disciplines together and integrate individual work efforts into a greater whole.

PlaceWorks’ commitment to integrative planning and design drove the firm’s expansion into new fields, including environmental science and analysis, and school facilities planning. Today our offerings include a comprehensive range of planning, design, and environmental services.

Six offices located across California.

Six offices located across California.

Orange County

3 MacArthur Place
Suite 1100
Santa Ana, California 92707

t 714.966.9220

Bay Area

2040 Bancroft Way
Suite 400
Berkeley, California 94704

t 510.848.3815

Central Coast

P.O. Box 1316
San Luis Obispo, California 93406

t 805.457.5557

Los Angeles

700 South Flower Street
Suite 600
Los Angeles, California 90017

t 213.623.1443

Inland Empire

2850 Inland Empire Boulevard
Suite B
Ontario, California 91764

t 909.989.4449


101 Parkshore Drive
Suite 200
Folsom, California 95630

t 916.245.7500

Ready to work with PlaceWorks?