"I spent about three months with a professional development coach earlier this year to improve my soft skills when managing people, some of whom are designers. Afterwords, I have spent the past 4-5 months reading several books on interpersonal…"
"I took two in-person courses about fifteen and ten years ago, and have known people who took others since. Most of the course content seemed to be common sense and / or pulled from an Intro to Business Management 101 textbook at some junior college.…"
"I wouldn't fret. Soccer fields, where you want as little grade interference as possible, are set at 1% - 1.75% and they still drain readily enough. On your grassy areas you could get away with it due to infiltration. On the hardscaped areas…"
"Just my two cents here. When I graduated (way back in 1977), I avoided any type of city or government type LA position - like the plague. Well, I really felt that going to work for a private practice LA firm would provide me with a much…"
"I am Park Planner for a city of around 55K in the midwest, and as such, the only landscape architect on staff. I oversee planning, design, and construction administration of facilities within the purview of the Parks and Recreation Department, which…"
"I work for a city of 65k. Though I'm an RLA, my focus is administration of community design and redevelopment. This includes public art, beautification and some landscape architecture. I started a ‘group’ called ‘Community…"
I am the Senior Landscape Architect for a City of +/- 60k people.What Cities have this position? Anyone else hold this position?I think our challenges are unique and I'd be interested in talking to others who hold this position. I'd be interested to know if there are any unique forums for City LA's; mailing lists, publication, etc.Anyone know? Thanks!See More
"Not ones to ask...but two of my most memorable:
1. (background: 1st job interview out of college...never having worked in an l.a. office) I was asked if I had ever "put together CD's". My mind froze and all I could think of were…"
"I recently had a similar discussion with two LAs, one a professor and one in practice. They both talked about the need for good writing skills The professor said writing comprises roughly 70% of our daily activities, from email to proposals. So, if…"
"The National Arbor Day Foundation has a program dedicated to designing and creating natural playgrounds. It's called Nature Explore. They have lots of information, ideas, and resources. The Nature Explore team is a smart, dedicated band of…"
Hi Edward - Thanks for the response. I'm doing well these days. Work brought me out to Portland a bit over a year ago and it's been a great experience. My family and I are pretty much acclimated to Oregon and we try to spend our weekends exploring new places.
I try to keep up with Land8, but find that I don't use it much myself. How are you these days? What are you up to?
Throughout history—with the exception of the great Olmsted, of course—it seems that landscape architects seldom find their way into the design spotlight. Lurking in the shadows of a project's sources, the portion of folks…