Cincinnati John G. and Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront Park
Ruth is a senior landscape architect based in Los Angeles. She brings a holistic approach to her projects, balancing big-picture thinking with a detail-oriented thoroughness and a passion for creating resilient landscapes. Ruth works on a range of civic and commercial projects from master plans to public plazas to mixed-use developments. No matter the scale, Ruth strives to design multifunctional landscapes that address environmental problems while providing inspiration and delight. Ruth is a thorough communicator and strong critical thinker who balances attention to detail with the design of meaningful spaces. Growing up in New York City informed her desire to design unique, socially-engaging and ecologically-mindful public spaces that create formative experiences and foster connections to nature.
At Sasaki, she has played a vital role in several phases of the Smale Riverfront Park in Cincinnati, a 14-acre park in the floodplain of the Ohio River, including the PNC/ Heekin Family Great Adventure Playscape and the P&G goVibrantscape. In her previous work, she oversaw several large-scale projects including the 15-year master plan for Descanso Gardens, which proposes comprehensive visionary improvements for this unique 160-acre botanical garden in Los Angeles County. She worked closely with their leadership for several years after completion to help them implement this ambitious effort.