WHO WE ARE

Elements Landscape Design is a firm wholly dedicated to awakening the dream that is your project, whether residential, estate, commercial, or public space. We specialize in the design and implementation of all manner of soft and hardscape. We also offer maintenance services.

PROCESS

Each project is a journey of discovery and possibility for both client and designer.

We begin with an initial consultation, listening carefully to the client and growing in the process together at all stages of development. Our design grows from each site's particular character, ambience, and vernacular including architectural style, environment, and personality. The result is an integration of aesthetics, enduring value, functionality, and pleasure. In this process of discovery we may present the client with site plans, elevations, design and reference boards, perspective drawings, all with the intention of allowing the client and landscape architect to travel together in the process. Our mission is to create an experience of transcendence, of not only your space, but your expectations.

PEOPLE

Elements co-founder Theodoros Papadopoulos is a native of Greece. It was there, in the cradle of Mediterranean design, that Theo had his first brush with destiny. It was on his grandparents working farm in the northeast region where Theo first got dirt under his fingernails and a lifelong passion for landscape under his skin. Here, young Theo tended the olives, figs, and grapevines and was enjoined in a family legacy going back generations. When the time came to study at University in Athens, he undertook studies in design, illustration, and fashion. Theo voraciously pursued the possibilities of color, shape, texture, and the way all interact together. After college he embarked on travels throughout Europe and Asia Minor. Newly enlightened in the classic and modern landscape traditions of the old world, Theo was anxious to act on his worldly inspiration.

And so, fortune's path leads to America. It was in Los Angeles that Theo finally surrendered to destiny (and legacy) and accepted his calling as a landscape designer in earnest. Continuing his studies in landscape design while working for one of the largest firms in Los Angeles, Theo assimilated the language of landscape as quickly as he did the Spanish language of those who worked the land. And thus the seed that would become Elements Landscape Design was planted.

Having moved west from his birthplace of New Orleans at age 14, one thing you'll notice when you meet Peter Wierzba, Elements other co-founder, is that he his southern accent stayed behind. Though the resonance of the South's grand style with its opulent gardens, gothic drama, and ingenuity for creating hospitality from inhospitable surroundings remained with him intact. Before entering the landscape business Pete honed his skills working in Hollywood for various film and television projects. Here he learned skills under fire that'd serve him well in his own business endeavors. The secrets of effective resourcing, procuring, haggling, and scheduling can only come from hard won experience. Eventually Pete decided creating landscapes to only to be torn down wasn't nearly as compelling as creating something alive and lasting. Training in horticulture and design, Pete redirected his already extensive building skills to focus on hardscape and softscape exteriors. Several independent projects later and Elements Landscape Design was born.

Open for business in 2000 Elements has steadily built a portfolio of clients all over the Los Angeles area.

Both Pete and Theo are trained and versed in xeriscape garden design, drought tolerant plants, and water conservation techniques. They have been certified by the city of Santa Monica for water conservation design.