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Made the jump and gone on my own
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Hey guysSo last week I made the jump and have joined with a partner and started our own firm. I have little experience (3 years) but a background in sales and Business development. My partner has 15…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Anderson Sep 4, 2013.

Help to find cheap design programmes
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Hey GuysI am in a position where I need to purchase Photoshop and AutoCAD for my desktop computer. I have just seen how much these programmes cost and its mind blowing that anyone other than a firm…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Anderson Aug 11, 2013.

Amsterdam equivalent in North America
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Hello AllAfter practising in a LA office for the last few years i have decided to go back to university to study for a Masters degree. There is a field trip organised to Amsterdam in October but we…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Edward A Kinney, MLA RLA ISA AZA Jul 23, 2013.

Bringing work into a firm
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Hello fellow landscape professionals.I have fairly recently been taken on by a LA firm in calgary and although they have lots of work i have decided i would like to contribute to their workload and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Garulay, RLA Mar 11, 2013.


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Stephen Lovering replied to Ben's discussion 'First year college hand graphics. To add to Portfolio or not?'
"Bob you are certainly a character and the world needs characters like you. Your first comment was rather amusing, your second was just insulting. I hope this young professional has the sense to know to ignore your ridiculous comments. Landscape…"
Dec 14, 2013
Stephen Lovering replied to henry cohen's discussion 'Big Brother is Here'
"Craziness but not that suprising from our Texan friends. This is the mere start of things to come I promise you. There are already chips in all new passports and people offering to have them inserted into their skin for the sake of that myth we all…"
Dec 10, 2013
Stephen Lovering and J. Robert Wainner are now friends
Dec 3, 2013
Stephen Lovering replied to Michael Volpe's discussion 'DynaSCAPE plan to Sketch3D.....Did you take a online course?'
"Hey Mike How are you finding Dynascape? I am thinking about dumping CAD and going with it, what are your thoughts? Cheers"
Oct 1, 2013
Stephen Lovering replied to Benjamin Loh's discussion 'Shanghai vs Sydney'
"Hey Ben   Yeah that's a tough one and Rob has nailed it!! I worked for a while in a small firm (9 people) and it was nice. The bosses became your friends, you got to go out for lunches/games of golf etc and the work was manageable. I was…"
Oct 1, 2013
Robert Anderson replied to Stephen Lovering's discussion 'Made the jump and gone on my own'
"Stephen, Congratulations! You don't indicate what type of client you are seeking. This would be a big factor in what you do as far as networking. If you are going to try to work with mostly architects and developers I would suggest that you…"
Sep 4, 2013
Calico replied to Stephen Lovering's discussion 'Made the jump and gone on my own'
"Don't worry about stepping on a former employer's toes; we live in a small world and it's bound to happen unless you move several hundred miles away. Rest assured that everybody else in town is attempting to develop relationships with…"
Sep 4, 2013
Stephen Lovering replied to Stephen Lovering's discussion 'Made the jump and gone on my own'
"Thanks guys Yes Craig we have had our differences and I appreciate the words, great points with the low overhead etc and while I do have a good view from my basement it is as far from a corner office as you can get lol. It does serve great tea…"
Sep 3, 2013
henry cohen replied to Stephen Lovering's discussion 'Made the jump and gone on my own'
"Stephen, Congratulations! A big ballsy step. Sounds like you're doing it the right way. One of you is a designer, the other is business. Great working setup. The two of you won't be in competition for design work.There needs to be a…"
Sep 3, 2013
Craig Anthony replied to Stephen Lovering's discussion 'Made the jump and gone on my own'
"Stephen – I know we’ve had our differences, but I wish you nothing but success in your new endeavor. My best advice to you is to keep your overhead low while you’re establishing your firm. You don’t need an office with a…"
Sep 3, 2013
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Stephen Lovering's discussion 'Made the jump and gone on my own'
"Depending how much regulation and permitting you have in Calgary, attend hearings to see what's going on and keep your eye out for opportunities - direct or general ones that you can position yourself to fill a niche in the future."
Sep 3, 2013
Stephen Lovering replied to Stephen Lovering's discussion 'Made the jump and gone on my own'
"Hey Andrew Thanks again for responding with some positive info. I am doing some large scale works with some planners and Engineers, also some redevelopment of some older run down playgrounds with the city. I have also approached a design/build…"
Sep 3, 2013
Calico replied to Stephen Lovering's discussion 'Made the jump and gone on my own'
"Absent a huge trust fund and wealthy spouse, the most direct way to survive the first few years is by snagging your former clients - especially those shining few who both have money and pay their bills in a timely manner.…"
Sep 3, 2013
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Stephen Lovering's discussion 'Made the jump and gone on my own'
"Getting the work is the hard part. My strategy has been to make sure that those who are already getting the work (busy architects and builders doing the types of projects you want to be doing LA work for) have a reason to refer me instead of someone…"
Sep 3, 2013
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At 2:50pm on June 10, 2013, J. Robert Wainner said…

Hello Stephen;

I intended no disrespect towards you or any LA graduates.  Hey, thanks for your kind reply. I was just making an "observation".

My major concern for LA graduates is that (as I know they are all aware)....entry level jobs - and actually ANY LA position is extremely difficult to come by these days.  So, it's absolutely "critical" that every LA searching for an LA design position have a VERY IMPRESSIVE Portfolio.  Only show your very best work.  Also, I know of a great "job interview book", it's called HIRE ME. It can be found on - great book - it will help job seekers give the BEST job interview they've ever given!  And, since job interviews are so difficult to come by these have to make every one of them count! 

Something I WISH my LA professors had recommended to me (while I was an LA student) sure when you begin your LA career - and throughout your entire LA SURE you keep copies of all sketches you produce, design work, samples of your contract documents, autoCAD - all computer drawings & photos of completed projects you designed (or were involved with) need to build your "professional portfolio" and keep it very safe - it's your lifeline to your future.  I did develop my professional portfolio over the years...but, at age 42 (after 14 yrs. of LA experience) I went out on my own - as a Freelance LA...still, it was my Portfolio (and the list of various developers I designed for) that helped me establish my own LA firm.

And for those LA's considering pursuing a MLA....I wouldn't.  Adding to already major student loan debt is a problem.  "Experience" is so very important.  Maybe get a few yrs. of experience...then, go back and get an MLA if you really believe it will advance your design career.

What would I do "differently".  Well, the only thing I think would have been wiser on my part is to not be shy about "expanding".  I very well could have expanded and set up an LA firm with 3 to 10 employees or more.  I was in a Dallas, Tx. LA firm that grew from 3 LAs to 40 LAs....and the Owners did very well financially. Also, I have several LA friends with 30+ yrs. of design experience who DID expand and have done very well over the years.  It was just a personal choice. There are pros and cons to being "Freelance".  Otherwise, nothing I'd really do differently...I can honestly look back...knowing I definitely made the right decision to become a Landscape Architect. 

And, I know, there are many LAs who are discouraged about finding JOBS...they are considering changing to a different career.  Well, here in the U.S., I really don't see too many other fields that are doing much better than LA's....our economy has hit every profession pretty hard. There are LA jobs out there, but, I just think ONLY the best and brightest are going to land those jobs.....which again, goes back to the LA must be "very impressive!".

Best Regards,

J. Robert (Bob) Wainner


At 12:58pm on June 10, 2013, J. Robert Wainner said…

Dear Stephen;

I'm just curious.  WHY don't you state in your profile that you graduated from LEEDS in 2006 with a B.S. degree in Landscape Architecture?

I now "understand" why you made the comment you did under the discussion I started about "autoCAD & color renderings" generated drawings.  You have 7 yrs. exp. to my 35...we are two completely different generations of....Landscape Architects.


J. Robert (Bob) Wainner - U.S.A.


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