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Charles McClure grew up in Southern California in the 60s and 70s. When he was young, his family hired a landscape architect to design their residential grounds that included indoor/outdoor patio living and swimming. He spent many hours at the famous Descanso and Huntington Gardens. His mother introduced him to the concept that some outdoor spaces are actually designed by people and that often makes them much more enjoyable live in and look at. McClure went on to study at Cal Poly SLO, receiving a BS in Landscape Architecture and he was the first in his class to obtain licensure in 1989. He has worked in Beverly Hills, Palm Springs, Westlake Village and Santa Barbara.

McClure feels that his job is the greatest in the world for a creative person. It's not easy by any means, but as President John F. Kennedy said, “ We don’t do things because they are easy, we do things because they are hard. ” Another favorite quote is: Much serenity can be achieved by tackling something difficult, staying with it, preserving to a successful end.

McClure was a partner in a design/build firm for several years. When design work was completed on paper, the build aspect (C-27 landscape contracting) was enlivened. It was an excellent learning experience for an architect to also be a contractor. Because this dual responsibility became too time consuming for a family man, he now only offers only landscape architecture.

Married with 2 daughters, Charles enjoys travel and reading. “ The more you see, the better designer you can be,” he says. He likes attending the traveling lecture series offered by UCSB. "Smart people from all over the world come to our backyard. I think it's priceless." McClure also likes running for fitness and the mental calmness the road offers. His best marathon time is a very respectable 2:39:45.
"I really care about what things look like. I think it's very important to our human experience." McClure is most interested in community design that relegates cars away from people. "Cars should be limited to alleys in the rear of a project, or to an outlying parking lot,” he says with a smile. “The people spaces should be large and completely free of powered vehicles”.
He likes to sketch town and community designs on scratch paper. Designs feature groups of homes that share open spaces with community pools instead of backyard pools. He favors shared solar arrays that are big enough to be meaningful, on site water retention, community food producing gardens, a bike shop, a library, coffee shops, play grounds, benches, and fountains. McClure believes there is more utility in this type of semi-communal living situation compared to the single-family, everybody-for-theselves, auto-centric situation in America today.

CA Lic. No. 3114 Since 1988