Lora Martens


Lora joined Arterra to design beautiful and meaningful outdoor spaces that enhance the lives of their inhabitants and exceed expectations of occupying the natural world.

She was born to activist parents and grew up in the Lake Tahoe Basin. As a child, her family moved to the Bay Area and then to the Central Valley. She received a degree in environmental science from UC Santa Barbara and moved back to the Bay Area to work in that field. However, when she heard about landscape architecture from her sister who is a licensed architect, she knew that it was exactly what she was looking for. She took a few classes in design and then leapt in, moving from San Francisco to the Sonoran Desert to get a MLA. After graduate school, Lora stayed in the desert to work for Steve Martino who was instrumental in her early development in the field.

Now, back at home in the Bay Area, Lora strives to use the latest research in order to recommend sustainable materials and building practices to clients. She also loves designing gardens that showcase clients’ art collections. She is delighted that she is able to work on projects that integrate technology and art everyday at Arterra. She believes that design can change the world because it has changed hers.

When she is not at Arterra, Lora can be found enjoying the California sunshine, having a long brunch with friends, road biking, drinking wine or dancing with her fabulous dance class at ODC.