J. Robert Wainner
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  • Plano, TX
  • United States

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You Can't Think Without..........FOCUS!
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I found this topic "FOCUS" to be very fascinating.A few weeks ago, I watched a TV program where American Billionaires BILL GATES and WARREN BUFFETT were being interviewed.  At one point in the program, both men were asked to write ONE word on a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Garulay, RLA May 28.

Free College Education for All US Students???
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FREE COLLEGE EDUCATION?Does anyone really believe that every high school graduate in America deserve a FREE COLLEGE EDUCATION?  Well, I don't.  To me, that's just another form of "Socialism".I wanted a College Education after I graduated from High…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Buddy Spencer Oct 19, 2016.

LA's searching for a JOB....a few suggestions.
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THE JOB SEARCH:Having practiced Landscape Architecture for....well, what sometimes seems like forever, but still, loving every minute of it; I remember first starting out in May of 1977 when I graduated from Texas A&M University.Times change. …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by J. Robert Wainner Mar 15.

Jobs Posted on Land8
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Just my "opinion" about some of the jobs I see listed on the LAND 8  Jobs Board.Most of the jobs I see listed on the jobs board are located in either NY or CA.  IMO, neither of those States are a good place to start an LA career.  Very high cost of…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by J. Robert Wainner Oct 13, 2016.


J. Robert Wainner's Folio

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I am a...
Born: Long Beach, California on December 1, 1949.

My Son (Scott Wainner) is also a "creative" person as he has created several very successful Web Sites. Including "Resellerratings.com", that he sold to "Answers.com" 2 yrs. ago for $34 million. His newest Web Site is called "Fareness.com" which deals with great airfare deals in the U.S. and Internationally.
Texas A&M University - B.S.L.A. Landscape Architecture - 1977
Current Employment:
Favorite Designers
My Father - Jim Wainner - Graphic Designer.
Albert David - Landscape Architect
Leonardo di Vinci
Frank Lloyd Wright
Fredrick Law Olmsted
(All of my Junior HS, High School & University Instructors/Professors...who taught me Architectural Drafting, Graphic Design, Color Rendering, Sketching & Landscape Architectural Design).
Other Crafts/ Interests
Graphic Design; Golf; Tennis; Research, Travel, Research & Mentoring younger Landscape Architects.

DEDICATION: I wish to "dedicate" my nearly 43 yr. Landscape Architecture career (includes 4 yrs. of over-time) to the memory of my Father - James R.(Jim) Wainner...who sadly passed at the young age of 56 - in 1983. My Dad was a very gifted Graphic Designer and Advertising Artist who was a true inspiration to me and one of the primary reasons why I decided to become a Landscape Architect.

I have added some of my Dad's Portfolio Samples here, along with my LAND8 Portfolio samples.

My first LA job (entry level position) after graduating from Texas A&M University was with Lane L. Marshall & Associates, Inc. in Sarasota, Florida. At the time, Lane Marshall was the President of ASLA. I held this job for (1) year before returning to Dallas to design for Enviro Design.

I then became a Landscape Architect at Enviro Design (Landscape Architects - Dallas, Tx.). Started in the Fall of 1978 when the firm had a total of (6) LA's...it grew to over (40) LA's within the next 8 yrs. I became the firm's 1st "Associate" - just under the (2) Partners of the firm. I put in (13) years working for Enviro Design (which also include 2 full year's worth of "over-time".

In 1991, I established my own LA practice in Plano, Texas. Took close to 2 years to establish. This was a "one man" LA practice. So, from 1991 through Today, I was extremely busy designing upscale multi-family projects (in 7 states); high-end single family homes, as well as some retail developments.

Additional Professional background: Previously a Licensed Landscape Architect in (14) U.S. states. Designed over (600) projects in (17) states...(commercial, multi-family, retail, hotels, restaurants, schools, churches, parks, University athletic facilities; upscale residential; upscale University Student Housing developments).

I have designed over (450) pool & pool amenity areas during my career (both single family & multi-family pools).

I have specialized in upscale multi-family design(approx.450 upscale properties) located in TX., OK., Ohio, VA., MD., FL., Alabama & NC.

The multi-family projects I designed averaged approx. (30) drawings (24" x 36" sheets) - "hand drawn". Plus, there were many preliminary sketches and color renderings associated with every project. My largest multi-family project was near Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio - there were a total of (50) drawings in that set of Landscape Architectural drawings...plus, several preliminary sketches and renderings used to design the streetscape, pool areas and monument signage.

*JPI - Jefferson Properties, Inc.
*LPC - Lincoln Property Company.
*The Trammell Crow Company.
*Fairfield Residential, LLC.
*Gables Residential Trust.
*Camden Property Trust.

During my LA career, I was previously a "Licensed Landscape Architect" in the following States: Arizona, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Before an LA license was req'd, I designed projects in The State of Colorado.

During the past 39+ yrs. of my LA design career, I have logged in over 8,000 hours of "over-time" or (4) additional yrs. of design experience

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At 10:21am on May 30, 2017, Chunling Wu said…

thank you!

At 2:39am on May 28, 2014, Gasper Habjanic said…

Hello Robert!

Thank you! It is very encouraging to hear someone so experienced shares the same passion for drawing! I will definitelly try to continue exploring the possibilities of hand drawing and I hope I'll be able to persue my passion for as long as you did.

Best regards, Gašper

At 6:31pm on January 15, 2014, Tanya Olson said…

Thanks for your comments regarding the homelessness discussion - I took no disrespect at all. Its all in the spirit of the debate and the search for 'truth'! Every point needs a counterpoint for the discussion to be valuable.



At 9:13am on October 20, 2013, Lane Frank Lau said…

Dear Bob,

     Thank  you very much for writing and give me couple of suggestions!  I've learn plan skills from  your folio.It's correct & very useful .Thank you very much! Now I am working in Hangzhou,China. As a project Manager,And I  design landscape from conceptual to schematic、development and  construction. Usually ,I drew conceptual plan with myself ,then,   my workmate will help me to make them to PS plan and  auto cad plan,then more details. I know that  My hang-drawing skills need more improving, and I will practice usually~~   

    Thank you again.Dear Bob,There are some new sketches in my folio, Welcome to you to give me some advise~

    Best wishes from Lane 

At 3:40am on July 28, 2013, James Richards said…

Hi Bob,

Thanks for the kind words.The truth is, over the last few years I see more and more LA programs in universities across the country putting hand sketching back into their curriculum, after tossing it out many years ago.  Recently more job advertisements for LAs have been requesting hand drawing skills than not.  That's really what prompted my writing the book, and it's been the subject of many conference presentations I've done in recent years.  I always point to Pixar as an example...world-class computer skills, but they ALWAYS begin with hand drawings to guide the computer animation process.  UT/Arlington allowed me to start a new "Urban Sketching" class in the School of Architecture last year; it was quite popular and the students did some marvelous work.  Keep the faith; there are more young LAs drawing every day.


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