Design Principal

Calvin Abe brings to the firm over 23 years of professional experience in a wide range of landscape architectural and urban design projects. The scale, variety, and complexity of these projects has provided him with expertise in many project types, including civic spaces, parks, schools and institutions, single-family and multi-unit housing, and large mixed-use commercial developments, corporate headquarters, and office parks.


Calvin Abe is noted for his ability to transform conceptual design ideas into creative and artful built forms. He has received over 20 design awards from the American Society of Landscape Architecture, American Institute of Architects, Urban Beautification Council of Los Angeles, and County of Los Angeles.  He has been published in both national and international publications including, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Tasarim-Turkey, LA Architect, Art News, and Garden Design Magazine.


In addition to practicing landscape architecture, Calvin is a part-time instructor for a design studios at UCLA and lectures at both California Polytechnic University, Pomona and San Luis Obispo, University of Southern California, and Harvard Graduate School of Design.



Master of Landscape Architecture, 1983, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, 1979, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


Work history

1987–Present • ah’bé Landscape Architects., Los Angeles

1985–87 • POD inc. Los Angeles

1983–85 • Sasaki Walker Associates (SWA Group), Boston, Massachusetts

1979–81 • POD inc., Santa Ana, California

1978–79 • EDAW Inc., Irvine, California



Calvin Abe is a registered Landscape Architect, #2023, in the State of California, 1980.


appointments + affiliations

Past President and Current Member of American Society of Landscape Architects Southern California Chapter

Instructor, Department of Landscape Architecture, UCLA

Visiting Critic, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Past President and Current Member, Asian American Architects and Engineers Association Southern California Chapter

Affiliate Member, American Institute of Architects

Past Board Member, “Single Family Design Review”, City of Beverly Hills, California

Past Member, Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency/Open Space Task Force

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