Alan Ray, RLA
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Ohio nixes LEED

Started this discussion. Last reply by henry cohen Mar 21. 7 Replies

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 Goustan BODIN Jan 8. 5 Replies

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

Banning LEED ???? May just be a good idea.....

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ernst Glaeser Sep 8, 2013. 13 Replies

Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama have led efforts to ban LEED. Learn why and let us know if you agree at…Continue


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Alan Ray, RLA replied to Andrew Garulay, RLA's discussion 'Large Format Printer'
"Andrew, I bought a HP T120 a few months ago directly from HP online.... It cost about $1,000. They even did 0% Financing. I have been very pleased with it."
Dec 10
henry cohen replied to Alan Ray, RLA's discussion 'Ohio nixes LEED'
"I worked on a huge project that never got built. We had a session with a LEED leader, I felt something in my pocket. it was his hand looking for money. LEED=good design without the high cost as Jason says."
Mar 21
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Alan Ray, RLA's discussion 'Ohio nixes LEED'
"The first time that I had a project by a landscape architect with half the alphabet of LEED letters after his name come across my desk in a CE's office, he was proposing several outdoor gas torches and gas fire pits for a summer seasonal resort…"
Mar 20
Jason T. Radice replied to Alan Ray, RLA's discussion 'Ohio nixes LEED'
"There is also the issue that a great many LEED buildings do not perform any better, and in some cases, WORSE than their non-LEED counterparts. Worse even than older buildings. The design of many LEED buildings is far from the most energy efficient…"
Mar 19
Leslie B Wagle replied to Alan Ray, RLA's discussion 'Ohio nixes LEED'
"Frankly, for reasons we've discussed before, even if sponsored by other interests, I hope it's the start of a trend. "
Mar 19
Trace One replied to Alan Ray, RLA's discussion 'Ohio nixes LEED'
"Thanks for posting, Mr. Ray. Very interesting. "
Mar 19
landscapeplanner replied to Alan Ray, RLA's discussion 'Ohio nixes LEED'
"LEED has a terrible reputation of preferring certain companies and technologies while outright excluding others.  I took the LEED-AP exam for new construction back in June 2009, although I failed the exam by one point.  When I prepared for…"
Mar 18
Rob Halpern replied to Alan Ray, RLA's discussion 'Ohio nixes LEED'
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Ohio nixes LEED

Could this be true? Article in Landscapeonline.comState of Ohio nixes LEED???  Why would they do such a thing?See More
Mar 18
Alan Ray, RLA commented on Lauren Schmidt's blog post 'BIM in Landscape Architecture'
"so, define BIM please for the over 60 set.... "
Mar 18
Alan Ray, RLA replied to Cendra Ramirez's discussion 'Wood Fence Gate'
"if you'll google wood gates and fences you will find hundreds of good and bad ones to choose from...."
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Alan Ray, RLA replied to Cendra Ramirez's discussion 'Wood Fence Gate'
"Cendra, are you a student? "
Mar 8
Alan Ray, RLA replied to Marc Garon-Nielsen's discussion 'Via Verde Rooftop Planters'
"is plastic  like treated wood  toxic? don't want to grow my food in any kind of artificial container.... client should be told that there are wood materials that are natural and non-toxic."
Feb 26
Alan Ray, RLA replied to henry cohen's discussion 'new generation of LA S?'
"Keep em coming Henry, very funny!!!"
Jan 13
Alan Ray, RLA replied to Alan Ray, RLA's discussion 'ACAD QUESTION??????'
"I'll check that out. Thanks Craig. "
Jan 8
Craig Anthony replied to Alan Ray, RLA's discussion 'ACAD QUESTION??????'
" Check to see if you have an " or a ' in the suffix box of the dimension style manager. Hope this works for you, I had the same problem in the past and I don't remember exactly how I fixed it. "
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BLA Mississippi State University 1974
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3D Software suggestions...

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

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?

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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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