Jon LaDow

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Biography

Urban Embellishment Designer, San Francisco, CA 

Ask clients what they think of Jon LaDow, and you’ll hear in unison that he’s a brilliant iconoclast who breaks most - if not all - plantscaping rules to deliver the industry’s most imaginative and award-winning campaigns.

Jon has won over a dozen industry awards in his career for work ranging from eye-catching exterior containers with foliage and flowers to interior plants and orchids and holiday fantasies. Jon’s majestic and festive Dr. Seuss project at San Francisco's Tishman-Speyer building was recognized as an outstanding Holiday Display at the PIA Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet at the CalScape Expo 2010. His design at the 555 Mission building won a Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) award in 2009 for “most beautifully decorated office building.”

Jon believes companies need to make a bold, declarative statement with their exterior landscaping. “Creating curb appeal with contrasting, non-repeating floral colors that artfully represent the client is what I continually strive for with my clients,” says Jon, whose extensive client portfolio represents the retail, hospitality and commercial sectors.

He finds joy in working with all types of clients – whether it is a four star or boutique hotel, local or regional shopping center, or small or large commercial building. There has yet to be a location where Jon has failed to find the correct niche the client is wishing to create. “Gaining trust and mutual support as the design process progresses and applause upon completion with continued appreciation for our service are my primary goals,” adds Jon.

Included in his commercial design and landscape services, Jon pushes the envelope on recycling and conservation. Jon utilizes the vast variety of neighboring Bay Area nurseries and makes use of environmentally-friendly soft and hardscape materials. Jon’s environmental philosophy mirrors the country’s growing mandate to use local products across sectors and supports Ambius’ overall vision to continue to Go Green.

When he is not working - which is most of the time - Jon can be found reading thriller mysteries, cooking, traveling or dabbling in acrylic painting. Jon earned at Bachelors of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

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