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Site Measuring Revisited Again
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I've put up a couple of discussions in the past regarding tools and methods for site measuring to supplement a survey or for a small project. Back in November I saw the video below and decided to buy…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Garulay, RLA Feb 21.

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I'm looking into a new large format (either D or E size) color inkjet. My main concern is who to buy it from. There are so many for sale on line and hard to know who is reputable. I want NEW and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Garulay, RLA Dec 10, 2014.

Made the break
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Today is day one for me going full time on my own as an LA. I just left my last civil site planning job after almost 7 years - the last two part time so that I could build into my LA office. I did 6…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Garulay, RLA Jun 5, 2013.

Celebrate Aesthetics
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"Celebrate Aesthetics ", this should be the mantra that ASLA puts out every day. What is up with our profession? We seem to be so afraid of this with a need to justify everything we do as having a…Continue

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Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to J. Robert Wainner's discussion 'What IS the ultimate agenda of "Landscape Architecture" on Earth???'
"Bob, I think where you and I differ is that I choose to believe that politics affect the people, the economy, and regulations that we need to consider as landscape architects rather than directly affecting us. I happen to live in Massachusetts…"
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to J. Robert Wainner's discussion 'What IS the ultimate agenda of "Landscape Architecture" on Earth???'
"Yes, you guys are making my point. Landscape architects, and probably everyone else, can't understand that the profession is simply designing on the land. What ideology you choose to follow does not change that. I completely understand…"
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to J. Robert Wainner's discussion 'What IS the ultimate agenda of "Landscape Architecture" on Earth???'
"Creating Utopia still needs a criteria clearly defined so that we can design for it. Creating criteria is not the job of a landscape architect. Understanding criteria, interpreting it, and working with it are. I think that the big problem with…"
Apr 24
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Kathy Robert's discussion 'LandworksCAD Lt or Pro versus Vectorworks Landmark'
"Any drawing software or method of producing design deliverables is legitimate if some designers like to use it and it satisfies their clientele. One thing that is becoming more and more important other than the graphic representation of a design is…"
Apr 20
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Ben Holmes's discussion 'ASLA dues'
"As goes the economy, so goes our profession. That is not a bad thing on its own. Chuck with a truck only takes business from you or me if we are not worth it to the person paying the bill. That is not ASLAs responsibility or the governments…"
Apr 18
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Ben Holmes's discussion 'ASLA dues'
"Not this one (paying dues). You can write off memberships to professional organizations."
Apr 17
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Leslie B Wagle's discussion 'Retreat to Reddit?'
"It WAS a nice change of pace from recent threads. I have no problem with people changing careers as they may. Olmsted started off as a journalist, if I'm not mistaken. This guy in the article is doing a similar thing in reverse. I think it…"
Apr 9
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to J. Robert Wainner's discussion 'Are You A Young - Small Size Landscape Architecture "Start-Up Firm?'
"I get it. It sounds self serving and is to some extent. But if I were looking for such help I would hope that this would be an excellent place to find it. Where else would you look? ASLA? Everyone hates a car salesman unless they are…"
Mar 13
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Robert Anderson's discussion 'Corel Photohouse'
"Have you tried to hunt down am old Corel Suite disc? Back in the 90's there was usually just a serial number on the package to get it to load and operate. I think it would be easier to get that and convert them yourself."
Mar 12
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Andrew Garulay, RLA's discussion 'Site Measuring Revisited Again'
"I'm glad it looks like it will work out for you. I have not had problems with crossing lines. I'm not sure what you are running into with that."
Feb 21
Philippa Wilson replied to Andrew Garulay, RLA's discussion 'Site Measuring Revisited Again'
"I have just purchased the Disto S910 & am very pleased with it. I haven't used it for an actual project yet but have had a play around with it. It seems to be very quick & easy to use. The screen is a little difficult to see in bright…"
Feb 21
Martin Wilder replied to Andrew Garulay, RLA's discussion 'Site Measuring Revisited Again'
"Hi Andrew Thank you very much for the explanation of your typical measuring case. As far as I know there is nothing comparable for this case in price and features as the Leica S910. I hope I can afford it soon."
Feb 21
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Smithhart's discussion 'Part time work'
"Yes, I worked full time in a civil engineering office doing civil site plans and did part time work for a design/build landscape contractor (as a licensed LA) and other freelance work. It was with full disclosure to my employer. After 5 years, I…"
Feb 21
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Andrew Garulay, RLA's discussion 'Site Measuring Revisited Again'
"Martin, I have not used the sketch app. I use the Disto pretty much for one purpose. That is to field locate existing objects or edges to add into and existing plan. It is a lot of money, so it only makes sense if it fits your needs and the…"
Feb 21
Martin Wilder replied to Andrew Garulay, RLA's discussion 'Site Measuring Revisited Again'
"Thanks Philippa for all of these usefull information. I would like to buy the Disto S910 after reading the review and your posts. Have you tried the Disto Sketch app for documentation…"
Feb 21
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to andrea valdez's discussion 'Landscaping ideas!'
"I don't understand this at all. This is a website for Landscape Architects. The original poster states that she is a professional, makes a few comments on other threads, and then posts this homeowner in search of help thread. .... with a link…"
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At 8:54am on October 19, 2013, J. Robert Wainner said…

Hello Andrew;

Read your last comment made some VERY good points!  Sorry, I got so defensive about some of your other comments.

I actually DO believe there are a variety of ways (methods) to get great "creative results"....even if an LA isn't really strong with "hand graphics".  I guess my beef is that so many LAs have pulled away from hand drawing and rely way to heavily on "computer software"...and have for many yrs. now.  LA University Professors haven't been pushing "hand drawing" skills...but, I recently learned from another one of my LAND8 friends who can draw circles around me (who has even published a book with incredible sketches & drawings)....that University professors are beginning to teach hand sketching and graphics again in their LA programs.

I realize it's really NOT the "method" you use to get great design's just seems strange to me that just about all the LA's here on LAND8 seem to talk about is all the issues, problems, and all of the gazillion types of "computer software" programs you can use.  It just seems like over-kill.  Several yrs. ago, a Civil Engineer friend of mine told me that he believed Landscape Architects NEVER should have gone to autoCAD...he said, you guys design loose, more freely...Engineering & Architecture is tight, more precise.  I tend to believe that the companies who develop autoCAD & other drawing computer software saw Landscape Architecture (and Interior Design) as just a way to expand their profits.

Well....I've pretty much been out of the loop the last several years....outside looking in.  I'm just interested.....observing what's going on with our profession.  I apologize to you, Andrew....yeah, I think we're more alike than we both think! *smile*

Best Regards,


At 4:45pm on October 18, 2013, J. Robert Wainner said… you can see below, I have apologized to you in the past.

I don't appreciate the recent "attacks & disrespect" you have shown towards me in the FORUM.  You can believe what you like about "hand drawing skills vs. autoCAD".....but, go ahead and compare your FOLIO samples with mine.  There is no comparison!!! 85% of the projects I have designed have been multi-million dollar 17 different states.  I personally "hand drew" every sketch, prelim. drawing, color rendering, final contract documents, job site visits for the more than 600 projects I've designed.  Only about 15% of the projects I have designed were "residential".  Because I have outstanding "hand drawing" skills...and began my LA career in 1977...I have not seen a need for autoCAD. 

And I graduated 20 yrs. with my LA degree 20 yrs. before you, I don't see WHY you feel like you have all the don't. owe ME an apology for your "smart remarks" towards me....I don't appreciate your attitude!


At 12:10am on June 19, 2013, J. Robert Wainner said…

Dear Andrew;

Listen, I wish to sincerely apologize to you....for you and I getting  "sideways" in the LAND8 discussion about autoCAD and drawing skills.    I didn't intend to offend you....but, I realize that I did. I hope you will forgive my be so insensitive towards you.  I do fully realize that there really are different "methods" of creating & presenting LA designs to clients. I guess I've just sort of "overdosed" on "sketching & hand drafting".  Hey, I have no clue how to do ANY computer software programs. I've been lucky no client has asked me to produce Contract Documents on autoCAD. As it is...if I get a major design project in the future, I will find myself in a position where I will have to hire a young LA (who has autoCAD skills) to do the production drawings for me. I also can not do perspective drawings or birdseye view sketches...only "Plan Graphics & Elevations", I definitely have lack some skills that I wish I had.

Take care up there......I hope business is very good for you throughout the Summer months!

Very Respectfully Yours,


At 5:00am on October 25, 2011, henry cohen said…
Andrew, did you see the bio about Ed last week. I tuned in but it wasn't on.
At 7:13am on October 16, 2011, henry cohen said…

Andrew, thanks for the heads up, I will definitely watch it. That will be more then likely be my last sports related program to watch. After the Phills going out in the first round and the Eagles having a miserable season, I'm tires of having my heart ripped out and stomped upon.

My new sports to follow are curling and indoor Canadian quoits. 

At 9:19am on July 14, 2011, Sam Gordon said…

Hey Andrew!

I'm Sam, and I am currently a summer student enrolled in a Landscape Architecture class at the University of Maryland. I am very interested in the profession. 

For a class project, I am using Land8Lounge as a place to ask landscape architects from around the world a few questions about their field. I came across a few of your posts in the forum, and browsed through some of your work as well. You seem very passionate about your work; I love it!

So if you are at all interested in participating, then feel free to write me back. 




At 4:21am on July 9, 2011, Craig Anthony said…
Thanks Andrew I've been a fan of yours for some time now.
At 7:45pm on July 5, 2011, Craig Anthony said…

A real strange vibe.

Thanks for the invitation Andrew.

At 5:34pm on March 30, 2011, Craig A Raines said…
I recall the names and remember them somewhat. As i recall my social circle did not interface with theirs all that frequently. Are they practicing LA's...Remember Kate? She ended up being a professor there at Idaho
At 9:00am on February 27, 2011, Craig A Raines said…

Been married for 17 years, two daughters (who do not want to be landscape architects). I had my own business for 7 years but know i work for the city of los angeles department of rec and parks. I work in the advance planning section of the planning department. You ask what 'Advance planning' is and its basically me sitting around thinking up cool types spaces and then doing it. I was lucky with the skate stuff as I am real good friends with Rob Dyrdek and Steve Berra and I got us to do some public private partnerships with us along with NIKE......I am pretty fourtunate in that i feaking love what i do!!


I know how it is working with civil eng as i work way back then for the county of los angeles department of public works and it blew big time as the civils and i never really saw eye to eye on anything.


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I just wonder how other LA's will respond.Do you have one "ideal project" that you would like to work on in your life? And have you had that chance or not and why? By this I mean a project type that reflects what you think is the core attraction for…Continue

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Getting an education abroad? 17 Replies

I'm thinking about attending grad school for LA and I am looking for advice on being educated abroad? I really want to live in Europe again (Scandinavia ideally), but getting my master's there would mean not being a certified landscape architect in…Continue

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LandworksCAD Lt or Pro versus Vectorworks Landmark 18 Replies

I'd like to hear what people have to say about these two drafting programs.  If one better than the other?  I'm getting ready to purchase, and I'm having a hard time deciding which way to go.  I haven't been able to find reviews that are prompted by…Continue

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