Celebrating 40 Years!
No one could have imagined what had begun when Peter Callander finally took the leap and opened the doors of his own practice in San Mateo, California back in November of 1973. Over the years, he built upon his experience in both the public and private sectors to craft a successful, people-oriented firm with a focus on enhancing public spaces throughout local communities in Northern California. To this day, 40 years later, Callander Associates’ core philosophy remains rooted in those ideals Peter first established.
The founding of Callander Associates came at an opportune time during a boom in housing and waterfront development. Peter quickly established his reputation up and down the Bay Area Peninsula through word of mouth and relationships he painstakingly developed. The key to the firm’s success, Peter learned, was going to be based on maintaining those relationships as it was his complete understanding of complex public processes and capital improvement projects.
As the opportunities for new work ramped up, Callander Associates quickly grew from a humble two person team, to a bustling fifteen employee firm in only 3 years! Peter was always quick to give the credit, on the success of the firm, to his dedicated staff that were now part of the Callander family. In addition to having great people on board, Callander Associates prioritized having an organized, systematic approach to its operations, including listening to and synthesizing client’s needs. It was this pragmatic approach that became the firm’s foundation, currently reflected in our goals of project commitment, comprehensive service, and fostering community.
Landscape Architects are facilitators of communicating change and improvement. Whether it is helping a client re-imagine a park, soliciting input at a community workshop, or sketching ideas in the studio to help navigate the team’s ideas, communication comes in many forms. This communication has allowed clients and communities to visualize and more importantly realize, the transformations of their spaces.
“All of our work is about communication, and showing someone what change can do.” – Peter Callander
Now “mostly” retired, Peter looks back on some of his fondest memories which all included the combination of incredible staff, diverse clients and great projects. He greatly enjoyed interacting with so many colorful Callander team members, whether ‘gently’ guiding them, or watching them experience a project’s fruition. He was also grateful for the personal relationships he developed with our clients, some which have lasted decades! Having great staff members and engaged clients directly led to countless memorable projects.
When asked to reflect on the importance of Landscape Architecture, Peter explained that anything related to the outside world is important. Knowing that every client and community is different, Callander Associates continues to place community outreach and continuous client communication at the forefront of our practice.
“I wanted to build places for everybody [and] it is so rewarding to drive around Northern California and see so many projects that we’ve worked on.” – Peter Callander
Over the past 40 years there has been growth and change, team members have come and gone and technology has advanced; but our company’s vision remains the same… “Great people building community through exceptional service and indelible design.” We thank Peter for establishing the foundation of this great company and for giving us the roots to bring us where we are today. Callander Associates looks forward to a bright future with continuous growth for the many years ahead.
“There is not a single public project that can’t benefit from a Landscape Architect’s perspective.” – Peter Callander