Press Release: RRM Announces New Associates

RRM Design Group recently named five new Associates: Chris Dufour, Scott Hopkins, Lisa Plowman, Joshua Roberts and Michael Scott. The Associates Program at RRM is designed to develop the abilities, skills and talent of the key leaders of RRM and propel the company forward to achieve the greatest possible success for our employees, clients and the environment.

Dufour Chris Dufour, LEED AP, is a Senior Landscape Architect in RRM’s San Luis Obispo office. Chris has worked on a wide array of private and public projects, including Hermosa Beach’s Pier Avenue, Arana Gulch Multi-use Trail, Serra Meadows, and the Pismo Beach Promenade. Chris’ technical skills are complemented by his experience in large-scale irrigation design and water conservation.

Hopkins Scott Hopkins, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is the Assistant Manager of Architecture of RRM’s Santa Barbara office. Scott serves on numerous local and professional organizations, including the City of Santa Barbara Architectural Review Board, the City Sign Committee, and as President of the local Toastmasters Group. Scott has been instrumental in many projects for RRM, including Hancock Terrace, a 268-unit housing project in Santa Maria, and Cypress Court, a 60-unit senior housing project in Lompoc.

Plowman Lisa Plowman is the Planning Manager of RRM’s Santa Barbara office. Lisa has worked in the land use planning field for 25 years and has worked extensively in both the public and private sectors. Lisa has played a key role for many notable projects, including the Golden Inn and Village, Arlington Village, Hillside House, Jardin de las Rosas, and Cypress Court Senior Apartments. Lisa is active in her community, as President of the Coastal Housing Coalition, and Board Member for Santa Barbara for All.

Roberts Joshua Roberts, PE, is a Civil Engineering Project Manager in RRM’s San Luis Obispo office. Josh has a diverse portfolio of projects, including The Vistas at Pismo Village in Pismo Beach, Eagle Ranch Specific Plan in Atascadero, and The Village at Pacific West in Pismo Beach. He is active in the Central Coast Home Builders Association (HBA), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the American Public Works Association (APWA).

Scott Michael Scott, LEED AP, is a Project Manager of Architecture in RRM’s San Luis Obispo office. Mike specializes in large-scale, complex commercial and public projects, including the Los Angeles Regional Fire Station No. 82, IQMS Headquarters in Paso Robles, MindBody Campus in San Luis Obispo, and the Manteca Transit Center. Mike is a guest lecturer for Cal Poly and Pioneer Valley High School, and has involved himself in the community as past Recreation Director for the County of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara foster care programs.


RRM Design Group is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary design firm, comprised of architects, landscape architects, planners, civil engineers, and surveyors. RRM has offices in San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, and San Juan Capistrano.

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Nicole Stephens
Sr. Marketing Coordinator
(805) 543-1794

RRM is moving our Orange County office to San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano, July 1, 2014 – Award-winning design firm moving Orange County office to San Juan Capistrano

RRM Design Group, a multi-disciplinary design firm comprised of architects, planners, landscape architects, engineers and surveyors, recently announced the opening of their new office in downtown San Juan Capistrano. The new office is located in the iconic clock tower building on Camino Capistrano. RRM is not new to the area; they have occupied an office in Orange County since 2002, establishing themselves as one of the premier design firms in the Southern California area.

The decision to locate their office to San Juan Capistrano was a deliberate one. Mike Sherrod, Principal of RRM and manager of the San Juan Capistrano office said, “Not only will this new location better serve our expanding list of public and private clients in Southern California. San Juan Capistrano offers our employees, consultants and clients a great place to both live and visit with their historic downtown and focus on quality of life.”

The San Juan Capistrano office provides design services to all of Southern California, from Thousand Oaks through Los Angeles, and down to San Diego. With a diverse portfolio of both public and private projects in the area, RRM foresees excellent opportunities for continuing growth in the area. Some of their notable Southern California projects include:

  • Venice Beach Oceanfront Walk, Venice Beach, CA
  • Yorba Linda Town Center Specific Plan, Yorba Linda, CA
  • Los Angeles Fire Station No. 82, Hollywood, CA
  • Pier Avenue Street Improvements, Hermosa Beach, CA
  • Huntington Beach Downtown Specific Plan, Huntington Beach, CA
  • Whittier Greenway Trail, Whittier, CA
  • Mission Cove Affordable and Senior Housing, Oceanside, CA

Cal Poly Architecture Student selected for RRM Design Group Scholarship

San Luis Obispo, June 19, 2014 – Cal Poly Architecture Student selected for RRM Design Group Scholarship

RRM Design Group, a local architecture, landscape architecture, planning, engineering and surveying firm, is proud to announce the recipient of their endowment scholarship. The RRM Design Group Endowment Scholarship rotates annually, benefitting either an Architecture, Civil Engineering, Landscape Architecture or City and Regional Planning student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly).

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Pismo Beach Downtown Plan

RRM Principal Debbie Rudd was interviewed on the evening KSBY news program regarding the plan for the Downtown Pismo Beach area. Watch it here:


Plan for downtown Pismo Beach includes Ferris wheel, parking changes

From the San Luis Obispo Tribune:

Imagine taking a trolley ride to the downtown core of a classic seaside town and walking toward the pier, where a Ferris wheel awaits. Nearby, children play in a public fountain or use a slide to reach the beach below.

Others climb or pose for photos on huge letters spelling “Pismo Beach.”

These are a few ideas contained within a strategic plan for downtown Pismo Beach, which was recently approved by the Pismo Beach City Council.

The strategic plan is both the culmination of several months of community outreach, including multiple workshops and a survey of tourists, and the starting point for change in this key part of Pismo Beach.

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San Luis Obispo Skate Park Breaks Ground

After many years of planning, design and collaboration with the city and community of San Luis Obispo, RRM is very proud to attend the groundbreaking for the SLO skate park!


Bike Happenings

RRM is excited to be participating in bike month, we are having a company-wide competition as well as local teams participate in their regional events!

So far this month…

Our group using  has ridden 726 miles!! That is the same distance as Eureka to San Diego!! Way to go to Kayla in our San Clemente office with a total of 308 miles ridden and Mike in our Santa Barbara office with a total of 19 rides, very impressive numbers!

The Amgen tour went through the Central Coast yesterday, including a start at the RRM designed Pismo Beach Pier and Promenade:

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RRM also hosted an energizer station for SLO Regional Rideshare’s bike to work day event with our neighbor, GH Sports! We had a great turnout with around 30 bikers pedaling through:

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For more information on local bike month happenings visit:

San Luis Obispo
San Clemente:
Santa Barbara:

On-call planning–from big to small!

By: Diane Bathgate, AICP

As the economy continues to recover, cities and counties across California are seeing more development applications and planning activity. And as perceived activity increases, decision-makers’ expectations grow for planning staff to be more responsive and make progress on planning initiatives, better capturing the economic upswing. Back burner projects are now becoming front burner projects. However, rising expectations do not necessarily match still-downsized staff resources. Is this an understatement? Well, we can help!

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Project News: Proposal for boardwalk, bike path in Morro Bay moves forward

From the San Luis Obispo Tribune:

Pathway as well as new bridge would link up existing Harbor Walk with north Morro Bay

By Nick Wilson

nwilson@thetribunenews.comJanuary 20, 2014

The Morro Bay City Council has given its go-ahead for a bike and pedestrian trail, along with a new bridge, that will offer beach vistas and connect the city’s Harbor Walk to north Morro Bay.

The council voted 4-1 last week, with Councilwoman Nancy Johnson dissenting, to approve a conditional use permit for the project, which now must be approved by the state Coastal Commission before construction can begin.

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RRM announces new Principal

RRM Design Group recently named Susan Whalen a Principal of their firm. As the Chief Operations Officer and an Associate of RRM, Susan has a unique skill set that blends her extensive experience with business strategy and planning with her background in human resources and operations management.

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