Blaine Merker


As principal and co-founder of Rebar’s Art and Design Studio, Blaine combines a passion for the craft of making things with a design activist’s zeal for championing the culture of the commons. He’s worked for over fifteen years in the urban context as a landscape architect, maker, and advocate while bridging the disciplines of design, engineering and the social sciences to make space for experimentation and play. He has managed the design and construction of a range of projects from temporary urban interventions to complex development plans. He currently teaches at the University of California, Berkeley in the Landscape Architecture Department. His writing was recently published by Routledge in Insurgent Public Space. California Registered Landscape Architect #5835.

email: blaine [at]


Public Engagement
Children’s Discovery Museum Social Furniture
Park(ing) Day
Central Corridor Public Art Plan

Civic Spaces
Embarcadero Pop-up Plazas
Parklet projects
Zidell Shipyards
Candlestick/Hunters Point Shipyard (at RHAA)

Public Art
Nomadic Grove

Park(ing) Day
Street Life
Panhandle Bandshell


2013 Distinguished Visiting Faculty, University of California, Berkeley. Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. LA-202, Spring graduate studio in landscape architecture and site design.
2010 [IN]LAND studio instructor, UC Berkeley
2009 Instructor, Interdisciplinary Design, California College of the Arts
2009 Instructor, Texas A&M University, College of Architecture Artist in Residence Program

Awards & Affiliations
2013 Bay Conservation and Development Commission, San Francisco Waterfront Working Group
2012 DeYoung Artist Fellow
2009 Center for Cultural Innovation Artist Grant
2004 Tommy Church Design Competition, First Place
2002-2005 Farrand Memorial Fellowship, UC Berkeley