Michael Bliss is the owner and principal designer of B|LA. With over 20 years of professional experience designing award winning landscapes, Michael brings a well-rounded and intuitive design understanding to every project. A California native, Michael studied at the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he received the Award of Merit for excellence in the study of Landscape Architecture.
Michael enjoyed his tenure while with some of the Bay Area’s most notable design firms. As Senior Designer and Principal with renown landscape designer Bernard Trainor, he directed all aspects of design, management and construction administration for award winning and published estate landscapes for over 10 years. During years of collaboration with Chris Jacobson, a fourth-generation California horticulturist, Michael honed his skills in planting design and theories of the “New California Garden”, a movement that combines environmentalism, naturalization and art.
As a California licensed Landscape Architect, Michael prides himself on being a well balanced collaborator, practicing impeccable communication with project teams and exceeding client expectations with the delivery of excellent service and innovative design solutions.