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Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Garulay, RLA Jun 5, 2013. 13 Replies

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

Celebrate Aesthetics

Started this discussion. Last reply by nca Apr 27, 2013. 4 Replies

"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

Landscape Architects role in rebuilding the world

Started this discussion. Last reply by Roland Beinert Dec 22, 2012. 8 Replies

What is the role of Landscape Architects in the Miyan post-apocolypse? .... answer quickly. Please recommend any AP that might be helpful. ... for MAC.Continue

American Beach Grass vs. Septic Leaching Area

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Does anyone have experience or reference regarding American Beach Grass planted over perforated pipe and stone septic leaching fields. Concern was raised about the possibility of the deeply rooted…Continue


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Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Laura Marie Barrett's discussion 'Multiple L.A.R.E. Sections -- Same Testing Period'
"If you are concerned about over studying, you could still concentrate your studying to targeted sections and take all of them. You may find that you pass other sections, but you'll also gain the experience of taking those sections and knowing…"
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Laura Marie Barrett's discussion 'Multiple L.A.R.E. Sections -- Same Testing Period'
"I took all of them at once, then all the ones that I did not pass, until there were none. My experience from that is that most of the things you have to know to pass the test are based on knowledge that you got from school and experience. The things…"
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Paul Stafford's discussion 'VOTE NOW - Which AutoCAD linework tool is the most efficient?'
"..... for doing what?"
Apr 14
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Alex's discussion 'Getting Hired + Getting Pigeonholed'
"Get any job to break the inertia. You have to walk before you can runs and you never know what unexpected paths these things lead to. If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with. "
Apr 8
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Roland Beinert's discussion 'Intelligent LEED-bashing'
"The system works backwards. Every project should start with a certain number of points and then have points deducted for negative impacts. Instead, you can build whatever and then make yourself look good by filling it up with items that get you…"
Apr 7
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Roland Beinert's discussion 'Intelligent LEED-bashing'
"It is not just big business. I've done several jobs for politicians who preach certain values and then don't seem to have them when it is their own project. Some blatantly had vistas cut in wetland buffers after having construction done…"
Apr 7
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Roland Beinert's discussion 'Intelligent LEED-bashing'
"Trace, Believe it or not, I agree with you. I wrote"IF" there was more common sense we would not need it. The fact is there is not more common sense. Regulation has to be there. LEED is a cottage industry rather than regulation. I think…"
Apr 7
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Roland Beinert's discussion 'Intelligent LEED-bashing'
"I agree with common sense. If there was more of it we would not be worried about a point system at all. You either do these things because they are the right things to do in your circumstance, or you do these things because you want to score points.…"
Apr 6
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Rob Halpern's discussion 'Knowing Our Limits. Habitat Restoration Requires Ecologists Input'
"A new industry is going to be amateur hour a while. There are multiple perspectives going into it and multiple perspectives on executing. As time moves forward the benefits and consequences for each perspective will play out. So will the scrutiny…"
Apr 1
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Bruce Monge's discussion 'Recomendations for landscape design software??'
""Looking for a best architectural/landscape design software for creating large-scale environments" The answer does not match the question."
Mar 31
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Rob Halpern's discussion 'Not Your Grandmother's Landscape: Abu Dhabi Plaza'
"I need a paper towel because my coffee went all over my keyboard by way of my nostrils ... "LEED Gold" certified. Is it just me or does planting in a desert seem like something that would not meet the highest standards of sustainability?…"
Mar 22
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
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Mark Warriner's discussion 'Anyone Know The Name of The Show....'
"Landscaper's Challenge"
Mar 9
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to brian matthew walker's discussion 'All sheets in one file?...'
"A lot of us work in residential and we are not xreffing 30 drawings together. That is a whole separate world that a lot of us don't have to deal with and have little interest in going there. We completely understand the need and…"
Mar 4
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to brian matthew walker's discussion 'All sheets in one file?...'
"I have not bothered with layer states in years. I and others whom I have worked with in the last 8 or ten years have been managing layers in viewports. ... not sure where Acad 2000 was as far as sheet tabs or if it only had one…"
Mar 2
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Chris Davis's discussion 'Getting back in the game - Teaching an old dog new tricks'
"I agree with Ashley. ACAD drafting has not changed that much ... just more conveniences in options of how you can do things. Fifteen years ago, I took a "bridge job" doing cad drafting for a small civil engineering/survey office while I…"
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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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