Dominic Riolo is a landscape designer whose interests stem from his background in both the natural sciences and the visual arts. Passionate about the California coastline on which he was raised, Dominic sought to deepen his understanding of these landscapes through earning a degree in biological sciences and simultaneously pursued expressions of them through a degree in visual arts. During his studies in the visual arts, he fell in love with the work of the land artists of the 1960s and 70s – in it, he was moved by the power that formal interventions can have upon a given landscape. Consequently, driven by the desire to engage landscape as an artistic medium, Dominic found a home in the field of landscape architecture and earned a Master degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Heavily influenced by Los Angeles artists and designers throughout the twentieth century, Dominic eagerly contributes to the SBLA team in creating landscapes that have the power to move through
qualities of material, craft, and phenomenology. When he’s not away from the studio he spends time surfing near his home, rides his bike, and is an avid baker.
MLA – Harvard Graduate School of Design
BA, Art – UC Santa Barbara
BS, Biological Sciences – UC Santa Barbara