2019 Honoree: Kevin Conger
Landscape Architecture, 1988
Kevin Conger graduated with a degree in landscape architecture in 1988 and went on to earn a master's in landscape architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is the founding partner and president of CMG Landscape Architecture. His passion is creating democratic public space and improving the social and ecological well-being of our cities. Conger is an expert on the subject of sea level rise and lectures frequently on the issues of public space, ecology and design. He has led many of the CMG’s largest and most complex open space projects in the Bay Area, including a rooftop park and the central space at two of Facebook’s Menlo Park campuses; the Treasure Island Redevelopment Project, repurposing 480 acres of an old naval base; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Sculpture Garden, a competition CMG completed with Jensen Architects. Currently he is part of a team developing plans to remake the Embarcadero for the San Francisco Seawall Project to address the danger of earthquakes and the likelihood of sea level rise. Conger is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FASLA) and has been awarded a Seed Fund Fellowship for his commitment to creating more vibrant public spaces in San Francisco. At Cal Poly, he serves as a longtime member of the Landscape Architecture Department’s Advisory Board. Conger met his wife, Nancy (Landscape Architecture ’88), at Cal Poly and their son, Ren, is a current Cal Poly student studying applied art and design.