Alan Ray, RLA
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High Maintenance Artificial Landscapes.
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Does anyone else think that all these artificial landscapes (High Line, Vertical landscapes, Planter boxes, etc....) are high maintenance, expensive,  resource depleting, and  non-sustainable?I'm not…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben Hale Mar 13, 2015.

ce courses
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Does anyone know if there are any free on-line CE courses for landscape architects?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alan Ray, RLA Jan 11, 2015.

Ohio nixes LEED
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Could this be true? Article in Landscapeonline.comState of Ohio nixes LEED???  Why would they do such a thing?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by henry cohen Mar 21, 2014.

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Please help an old dog learn a new trick....When I switch my dimensioning unit format settings to use Architectural, I get the seconds symbol for inches.Instead of getting the typical inches symbol…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Goustan BODIN Jan 8, 2014.


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Alan Ray, RLA replied to Paul Minotto's discussion 'Tree for inside/ outside'
"in the 80's I worked for a huge AE firm that designed many buildings with atrium spaces. here's a few tips I learned: you must acclimate the tree going inside for much less foot candles of light. while the tree growing outside is getting…"
Aug 2
Alan Ray, RLA replied to Benjamin Loh's discussion 'What is the best way to improve design skills?'
"Design is a, design, design, design....don't take yourself too seriously... everyone that's been around very long can tell you this is not an exact science... experiment and don't be afraid to fail, otherwise…"
May 14
Alan Ray, RLA replied to Arjun Kamal's discussion 'Trouble in understanding grading'
"Try to find this book. It's been around many years... Landscape Architecture Construction by Landphair / Klatt very simple exhibits easy to understand."
Nov 22, 2016
Alan Ray, RLA replied to Gregg Spadaro's discussion 'Canon or Epson Plotter?'
"hp-120 I've used hp since the early 90"s,,, never have had even a service call needed... my friends with calcomps and summas complain that they are always needing repairs...sooooo..."
Dec 20, 2015
Alan Ray, RLA replied to Mark Di Lucido's discussion 'Sustainable Sites'
"I'd be honored to do anyone's yard..... I have more opportunity to promote and educate individuals about what landscape architecture is by working in residential than all the commercial, institutional, educational, parks and recreational…"
Oct 25, 2015
Alan Ray, RLA replied to Mark Di Lucido's discussion 'Sustainable Sites'
"well said... you know. the greenest building is the one already built..."
Oct 21, 2015
Alan Ray, RLA replied to Mark Di Lucido's discussion 'Sustainable Sites'
"It was a simple question."
Oct 20, 2015
Alan Ray, RLA replied to Mark Di Lucido's discussion 'Sustainable Sites'
"Well, How did I live without them all these years??? I guess the same way I have lived without  asla  for decades.... Still not interested in the opinions of interlopers in my profession arguing the merits of unnecessary…"
Oct 20, 2015
Alan Ray, RLA replied to Mark Di Lucido's discussion 'Sustainable Sites'
"this is supposed to be a forum for landscape architects, at least it used to be. did that get changed /  does everyone get a trophy now?"
Oct 17, 2015
Alan Ray, RLA replied to Mark Di Lucido's discussion 'Sustainable Sites'
"look, it's ok...we were all young and impressionable at one time... so are you a landscape architect?"
Oct 14, 2015
Alan Ray, RLA replied to Mark Di Lucido's discussion 'Sustainable Sites'
"it means whatever you think it the way, where is your registration Linda?"
Oct 14, 2015
Alan Ray, RLA replied to Mark Di Lucido's discussion 'Sustainable Sites'
"hahaha....I resemble that remark!"
Oct 12, 2015
Alan Ray, RLA replied to Mark Di Lucido's discussion 'Sustainable Sites'
"I've been in professional practice 40 years and don't have a clue what those acronyms mean.... If you are a licensed LA, why do you need those other things? I think they are only to make money and give those without credentials something…"
Oct 11, 2015
Alan Ray, RLA replied to Cheryl Corson's discussion 'Grasspave Driveway'
"grass will not hold up to daily driving... this should only be used as a temporary parking area, of a fire lane or a drive that is only used occasionally."
Sep 29, 2015
Alan Ray, RLA replied to Craig Richmond, RLA's discussion 'Coexisting with deer?'
"you're not allowed to own a gun?"
Sep 9, 2015
Alan Ray, RLA replied to Landscape Architect's discussion 'What should Landscape Architects in the UK, call themselves before they achieve chartership status?'
"if you are working for a la firm, I'd call you an intern..."
Aug 25, 2015

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BLA Mississippi State University 1974
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Alan Ray, RLA
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Roberto Burle Marx
I.M. Pei
Luis Barragan
Hideo Sasaki
Isamu Noguchi
James C. Rose
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Nashville State Community College
I teach Advanced LAndscape Design and Landscape Construction in the Dept. of Horticulture.

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3D Software suggestions...

I'm thinking of drawing all my future construction details in 3D....I have AutoCad and BricsCad but have never used them for 3D. Is there easier to learn 3D software or is what I have as good as it gets?

Posted on October 22, 2011 at 8:01pm — 3 Comments

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At 8:00am on September 9, 2013, Jim Somers said…

Alan, we've met somewhere. I finished at State in '78. Kurt Baskin was classmate and a good friend and that somehow seems like a familiar connection.

At 1:14pm on March 29, 2012, Louis Wynne said…

Alan - when you get a sec call me at 251.975.8956

Louis Wynne/landscape architect

At 12:48pm on March 29, 2012, Louis Wynne said…


I have been trying to find work, since I am partially retired, I am seeking

work that reproduces constrtuction drawings for clients. Since you are a

MSU GRAD, I am currently working with Christian Preus also an MSU GRAD, for the past three to four years. He is a great designer, with alot of potential in the field of Landscape Architecture, but, I am always telling him to persue work on his own, as a prime professional with the architects and engineers as subs, you  know what I mean. I am, as I see it, approaching the end of my career, and I want Christian to be as successful as he wants to be. BUT, he lacks the drive to persue projects as a prime, with the architects and engineers as subs to him.


Feel free to visit my website: and see my abilities?

I have had some projects that most LA's only dream of. I have been lucky

in my career.

If you like you can call me at 251.975.8956 or send me an email at


I thank you for being one of my friends.

Looking forward to hearing from you.



Louis Wynne/landscape architect

At 7:43am on October 31, 2011, Claudia Rainey said…

Roberto Burle Marx had a lot of flair.  I love his 'modernism with a flamenco twist' style.  He was definitely an individual :)


At 9:19am on September 28, 2011, Charles Taze Fulford III said…


I have been at MSU since 2006. I got my BLA from MSU in 1997 and worked in the Bahamas and Birmingham for 3 years before going to grad school in Architecture at the University of Idaho, then worked in an Architecture and Planning firm in Vermont for three years. I'm teaching Community Design for both the graduates and undergrads and Introduction to Computers in Landscape Architecture. State has changed tremendously since I was a student here, the department has definitely changed in terms of pedagogy. You should come down some time and give a lecture concerning your work to our students and visit the new LA compound if you haven't seen it. Lets keep in touch and maybe there could be a way to get our students to work on a project together.


At 9:39am on August 8, 2011, none said…
Hello. Perhaps you might be interested in the SLANT GARDEN DESIGN AWARD. For details please visit
At 1:45pm on May 17, 2011, Louis Wynne said…


Thanks for the reply. I am glad you are busy with lots of work. I am not. Right now I consult with a MSU grad Christian Preus in Gulfport, Ms. Good designer, just doesn't see how things go together as of yet.

I agree with you, the young turks that are now going thru the LA program of any school need the voice of experience from those who have been involved with practical work in the field of Landscape Architecture. To have a teaching degree is just a play to keep those in the profession with many years of experience out of the teaching arena.

Thanks for your time


Louis Wynne/Old Landscape Architect

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