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Andrea Maxine Lucas Architectural Collection

Identifier: Ms-2017-061

Scope and Content

This collection contains architectural drawings (design development and conceptual sketches, final drawing sets, diazos, and field sets) representing roughly 43 residential and institutional projects by California landscape architect Andrea Maxine Lucas between 1980 and 2003. Also included are a set of teaching materials from a continuing education course Lucas led for the Organization of Women Architects (OWA) called "Construction Around Trees."


  • 1980-2003, undated

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

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Biographical Note

Andrea Maxine Lucas is a landscape architect from California. She was born on April 16th, 1952, in Palo Alto, California, and graduated from Berkeley High School in 1970. After several year-long stints at Western State College in Colorado, Colorado State University, and the University of California at Berkeley, she realized, because of her love for both the outdoors and arts, that she wanted to become a landscape architect. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University with Honors in 1976.

After graduating she spent 8 months working as a junior landscape architect for the U.S. Forest Service at the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, where she designed bike trails, signage, and visual impacts for ski runs at Heavenly Valley. She then returned to Berkeley, where she got a job at the SWA Group (the second location of Sasaki, Walker and Associates), a firm with work ranging from civic and institutional to commercial projects. Although she did not stay with the firm for long, she completed a design for an SWA Group client called Larkspur Landing that won a prize from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

After working with Ed Janelli, the husband and design partner of a childhood friend’s mother (Ann Castleberry Coffin), Lucas was able to start her own business, Sites Pacific, an environmental landscape architecture firm, in 1980. She designed many residential gardens in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. She specialized in designing for 50- by 100-foot lots but also completed larger suburban projects. She became an expert in designing decks, foundation drainage, grading, paving and irrigation and planting plots. In the 1990s she worked with Alan Kropp, a geotechnical engineer, on biotechnical erosion control using willows to stabilize soil and prevent landslides.

In 1995 she married architect Tobin Stone Kendrick.

In 2000, she closed Sites Pacific and joined the National Park Service at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in the Presidio of San Francisco and later at Fort Mason. There she worked on accessibility and safety projects. Since retiring in November of 2016, she has served as Planning Commissioner for the City of El Cerrito, California, and was appointed to the Citizens Advisory Commission for Parks and Recreation Master Plan for the City.


15.125 Cubic Feet (24 telescoping boxes)

Language of Materials



Materials in this collection include 24 telescoping boxes of rolled drawings representing her and her company's, Sites Pacific, work and represent a range of institutional, public, and residential projects


This collection is arranged into two series: Professional Associations and Project Records. The Project Record series is organized by project type and arranged chronologically within subseries.

Source of Acquisition

The Andrea Maxine Lucas Architectural Collection materials were donated by their creator to Special Collections in 2017.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Andrea Maxine Lucas Architectural Collection by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Processing Information

A partial inventory of this collection was created by Jheel Bagrecha and Videsha Bansal in early 2022. The processing, arrangement, and description of the Andrea Lucas Architectural Collection was revised and finalized by Jade Snelling in May 2023.

Andrea Maxine Lucas Architectural Collection, 1980-2003, undated
Jade Snelling, Archivist
2023 (CC0 1.0)
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US