Cassy Aoyagi, president of FormLA® Landscaping, aims to transform even L.A.’s urban spaces into vibrantly beautiful, optimally sustainable, places to connect with nature. She promotes an authentically Los Angeles landscape aesthetic, relying on use of native and climate-compatible plants, innovative permeable hardscapes, and smart water infrastructure.
Aoyagi is a board member of the thought-leading LA Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-LA). She is one of the rare practitioners aggregated in both its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Sustainable SITEs programs. Aoyagi sits on the LA County Planning Department’s Significant Ecological Areas Technical Advisory Committee and is also the immediate past board president of the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants.
Aoyagi’s work has been covered in InStyle, Sunset, Dwell and Form Magazines, as well as on HGTV and in the LA Times. She contributes expertise to the Los Angeles Times’ SoCal Garden Clinic and Houzz, as well as the USGBC’s Green Home Guide. FormLA Landscaping and Aoyagi’s work is frequently featured on area garden tours.
In 2018, Aoyagi was recognized as a Woman in Business Honoree for the 25th Assembly District, and she previously received the small business of the year award for the district. The Los Angeles Business Council has also recognized her for her work educating the public about water conservation.
Aoyagi earned her bachelors in environmental horticulture at California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo and co-founded FormLA Landscaping with her husband Kirk in 1997.
Interviews with Cassy Aoyagi:
- There Is No Such Thing As an Indoor Kid, Fatherly
- These 7 Plants May Save Your Home, LA Times
- Native Plants Can Transform Your Yard – and The Planet, Dwell
- Going Native, LA Times
- What’s Next in LA Green Building? Green Home Builder Magazine (Byline)
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