Tim Daugherty

  • Good stuff Caleb, and great tips for those first assembling a portfolio. I love your suggestion for demonstrating “hands on experience”.

    I’ve hired quite a few designers in my career and one additional suggestion is to clearly acknowledge team projects and what your role was. Whether academic or professional.

  • Robert – regarding some of your data. The 1,600 jobs over 10 years are just NEW jobs, right? On top of the baseline number of jobs currently out there and held. Presumably in that same 10 year span there will also be people retiring, changing careers, dying (!), promotions, etc.

    In other words, I don’t think 30,000 graduates are fighting for…[Read more]

  • Hi Robert – thanks for your comments. I do state that “UAV technology can’t replace the skill and experience of an in-person site review”, so you’d get no argument from me. With regards to privacy I also point out multiple times the importance of FAA rules and regulations, which includes privacy concerns.

  • Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s or drones) have multiple applications for landscape architects, from early efforts like site analysis to creating awareness and excitement for a completed project. Although s […]

    • I can see where DRONES could be useful to do a “preliminary site visit”, before any preliminary design work has taken place……..but, I have personally conducted over 300 site inspections (most of which were large multi-family communities). In my opinion, you really MUST be on the ground to do a correct and thorough “Site Inspection”…..IMO, a drone won’t be very effective.

      LAs really need to walk the properties……ensure ADA requirements are met; ensure all construction & planting was installed in accordance with the Final Contract Documents. Even checking for things like “bed prep” is important….things you can know from a drone. Searching for safety and liability issues and walking the Irrigation System to ensure that you’re getting 100 percent coverage…checking the irrigation clock & settings, etc.

      Plus, remember, before you go flying a DRONE around on a property…..especially after it has been completed and there are people working and/or living on the property…..you need to get advanced notice from the Property Management Co. IMO, DRONES are intrusive to people’s privacy…..so, just a word of caution.

      But, yes, I do think that there ARE some ways that DRONES can assist an LA on a project. Maybe I’m just “old school” having been in this profession for over 40 yrs……and NEW ideas are always worth exploring. But, just like “preliminary designs”, IMO, hand drawn sketches need to come first…..to be loose and open-minded with your ideas. Computers can’t replace “great hand sketches”. I have visited and interviewed with some of the TOP LA firms in the World and the Principal LAs at those firms explained to me that for all of their projects……they always begin with “hand sketches”…then, move onto computers.

      J. Robert (Bob) Wainner

      • Hi Robert – thanks for your comments. I do state that “UAV technology can’t replace the skill and experience of an in-person site review”, so you’d get no argument from me. With regards to privacy I also point out multiple times the importance of FAA rules and regulations, which includes privacy concerns.

  • Great summary, and this is an excellent topic for LA’s to be engaged in. With licensure constantly under attack right now anything that focuses on Health, Welfare, and Safety is huge. Good stuff.

  • I’ve worked for studios in the past that hired Architects in an LA studio. I’d look at mid-sized boutique firms that specialize in Public Works and going after Awards and such.

  • Interesting numbers if accurate – and I have no reason to believe they aren’t. It feels right anyway.

  • Nice article with sound ideas. One tangent to Public Gardens are Cemeteries. It’s amazing how many of them function like a formal garden/park space.

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  • There are some good business development lessons in here, but I would apply it to any client – whether it’s a public agency, developer, architect, planner or civil engineer. I think many LA’s will be put off by #5, which could have easily just been “The Client is the Hero”.

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