‘I appreciate landscaping with a strong design statement. One of my primary considerations when designing is the connection between the home and environment.’
—Matthew McKelligon

Matthew McKelligon is founder and principal landscape designer for Hillrise Design. Born in Newport, Rhode Island, he grew up in a military family and traveled and lived extensively throughout the world, primarily in Japan, Switzerland and Germany. His love for gardening, design, and architecture surfaced early on in life, and he feels fortunate to be able to express and share these passions with others. Graduating summa cum laude from the School of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley, he describes himself as having ‘the design sense of an architect, but for the outdoors.' 

With an appreciation for Los Angeles’ small lots, he knows that exterior and interior spaces must often be viewed as one and the same. To better enjoy an outdoor area, the yard can become an extension of an already inviting space in the home. Specializing in harmonizing the architectural style of the home with the natural lay of the land, and resolving many unique landscaping issues, such as a wildly overgrown tree, or a unusual stone sculpture, he often chooses to call attention to these challenges. Rather than trying to remove or hide them, Matthew uses them as the basis for the design, which helps to make each project unique from all others.

Matthew also likes to avoid popular, fleeting trends, which waste your financial investment by creating a design that will not age well. With a keen eye for the future, he ensures that your beautiful new outdoor space will be enjoyed for years to come. Available for a multitude of projects: from drought-tolerant landscaping to conceptual site plans and furniture design, clients will appreciate Matthew’s easy, friendly and approachable manner, and may find themselves enjoyably participating in the design process.