Lifescapes International

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The Lifescapes International Landscape Architecture Scholarship Endowment

As a student at Cal Poly Pomona, Lifescapes founder Don Brinkerhoff was in jeopardy of dropping out because of financial hardship. The department chair helped him secure a scholarship that allowed him to complete his studies. He never forgot the powerful impact that had on his life and committed himself to help future generations succeed through The Lifescapes International Landscape Architecture Scholarship Endowment. To contribute, please visit the endowment’s website.



Project Playhouse 2011 Award Winner, designed by Lifescapes and raffled, with proceeds benefiting HomeAid Southern Nevada

Co-founded in 1989 by Julie Brinkerhoff-Jacobs, HomeAid America has grown to 19 chapters, and has completed over 1000+ new shelters over the past 33 years! It’s helped over 410,000 homeless families, women and children in crisis, and other individuals return to a life of stability and economic independence. From coast to coast, HomeAid works in cooperation with hundreds of care providers, building safe shelters for the temporarily homeless. To date, there are more than 1 million+ lives impacted by HomeAid, and there are currently 65 projects in development across the nation. To contribute, please visit HomeAid.

Ben Carlson Memorial


Dedicated to the lifeguard who died in the line of duty on July 6, 2014, the 9’ foot tall stainless steel statue is a tribute to Ben’s heroism and a symbol of respect for lifeguards everywhere. Lifescapes International donated the design of the podium on which it stands, with partners such as BrightView Landscape, to help bring it to life.

Visit the Ben Carlson Memorial and Scholarship Foundation website to learn more about his amazing legacy.

Miracle Manor


In 2016, Miracles for Kids completed renovations on a multi-unit apartment building one mile from CHOC Children’s Hospital, named Miracle Manor, which offers subsidized housing to families with children battling chronic or life-threatening illnesses.

Lifescapes was one of the many generous partners who donated their time and efforts; designing the overall garden space to be welcoming and relaxing, while providing a place for residents to feel at home. They created several play areas, with plenty of shade and vibrant, lush colors in the plants and pots to bring it all to life.

“We designed the gardens and outdoor play area for Miracle Manor as a sanctuary, giving these brave families a beautiful and inspirational environment to enjoy,” said Julie Brinkerhoff-Jacobs, President of Lifescapes International. “As an Orange County-based firm with a deep connection to the local community, this is a project that is close to our hearts, and we are proud to be a part of the Miracle Manor team.”