LARE Review Course Discounts for Alumni

September 30, 2014 in Education, Events by Patricia Jennex

A note from Stephanie Landregan, UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Program Director………..


Dear Alumni!

I hope all of you are well, and want you to know how fun I thought the Pecha Kucha was. If you missed it, we missed you!

I hope you all are on the road to being a licensed landscape architect. To help you on your path, we have provided a discount for Alumni to take the LARE Prep Courses. If you register, you will receive a $50 discount on each class.  The Alumni Connection will provide you with the code, so I hope you take advantage of this savings.

Classes are offered this year are October 17-18 for LARE 4,  October 19 for LARE 3, and November 1 and 2 for the LARE 1 and 2. You can register here for those two classes!

You can still register for the December LARE exam.

First you will need to register with the LATC,  all the information you need is on this page!


I hope you all are well! Stay in touch, and the stay on the road to Licensure!

All the best,

Stephanie V. Landregan, FASLA, LEED® AP, Program Director

Immediate Past President, Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards

Landscape Architecture Program Director
Gardening and Horticulture Program Director UCLA Extension, Department of the Arts
10995 Le Conte Avenue #414, Los Angeles, CA 90024
310.825.9414 T/310.206.7382 F<

Fundamentals of Exterior Lighting Course Oct 11 & 24, Nov 8 (AC Discount)

September 27, 2014 in Education, Events by Patricia Jennex

Alumni Connection Vice President Yvonne English will be teaching the UCLA Extension course “Fundamentals of Exterior Lighting” Saturdays Oct 11 & 24, Nov 8 from 9am to 4pm. Alumni receive a discount for this course.


Click  14FA Flyer for the flier or go to the UCLA WEB page for more information

Alumni Yvonne English Teaches 2 Seminars at the 2014 Long Beach Landscape Expo (AC Discount)

September 27, 2014 in Education, Events by Patricia Jennex

Alumni Connection Vice President, Yvonne English (’07) will be teaching two seminars at the 2014 Long Beach Landscape Expo.

For information on all the seminars click hereYvonne2

Course descriptions for Yvonne’s seminars are below. Alumni Connection members can use promo code “TLE-Seminars15” to receive a discount on seminar tuition.

Planting Design Process
Wednesday October 29th – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Presented by: Yvonne English
Course Description:
Plants are not just ornamental elements in the landscape, but, in fact, important building materials with a purpose. And landscape designs are often evaluated not just by the hardscape, but by the condition and appropriateness of the plants used on a project. This seminar will look at designing plants as both an art and a science. We will review design principles, plants as design elements and discuss the plant design process. Then we will review site requirements, three considerations for plant selection: functional, ecological and aesthetic. Finally we will show plant uses, and even a few planting mistakes.
To register click here.

Creating Outdoor Rooms
Wednesday October 29th – 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Presented by: Yvonne English
Course Description:
Designing outdoor living areas is creating outdoor spaces, with or without walls, used for a purpose.  This seminar will discuss using basic design principles to create outdoor rooms such as kitchens, family rooms, retreats, etc. It will review safety, circulation, sizing, elements, such as seating and lighting, views and connections. Defining the outdoor space using floors, ceilings and walls of various types. Then there will be an overview of designing outdoor kitchens.
To register click here.

More about Yvonne from the Expo WEB page:
Yvonne English, registered landscape architect, licensed landscape contractor and LEED AP, is the founding principal of the landscape architecture firm, Legends Design Studio, Inc. Since 1994, Yvonne has designed and built commercial and residential landscapes in both the Midwest and California. Her residential designs range from intimate spaces and outdoor rooms to dramatic vanishing edge pools and spas. She loves to provide a nighttime dimension to her landscape creations with a dark sky friendly lighting plan. Yvonne believes to protect our environment; every design should incorporate sustainable design principles, like utilizing permeable paving, drought tolerant plants and low-volume irrigation systems.

Yvonne was originally a software engineer who changed careers to design landscapes. She has a Landscape Design Certificate from Saddleback College and received a Profession Landscape Architecture Certificate from the UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Program. Teaching is another passion for Yvonne. She teaches Landscape Design and Residential Landscape Lighting for UCLA Extension’s Landscape Architecture Program. Yvonne has lectured at the Landscape Expo, the California and Lake Forest Garden Clubs and is on the advisory board for UCI’s Sustainable Community Planning & Development Program.

Ms. English is the current President of the UCLA Extension’s Landscape Architect Program’s Alumni Connection, a member of a national ASLA committees: the Council on Education and is a past member of the Education Committee of the USGBC Orange County.


2014 Long Beach Landscape Expo Oct 29 & 30

September 27, 2014 in Events by Patricia Jennex


Click here to download the flier for the 2014 Long Beach Landscape Expo

or follow this link. to go to the Expo WEB page.

Photos From September 19, 2014 Pecha Kucha Event

September 21, 2014 in Events by Patricia Jennex

The Alumni Connection hosted its first Pecha Kucha Night on September 19 featuring esteemed alumni of the Landscape Architecture Program at UCLA Extension. Great presentations by Deborah Deets, Jackie Ignon, Michael O’Brien, Melinda Taylor, Michelle Sullivan, Stephanie Psomas, and Carol Puck Erickson were enjoyed by an audience of nearly 60 alumni, students, faculty and guests. Friendships were renewed, connections were made and a fun time was had by all!




Important Los Angeles County Proposition P Needs Our Support

September 21, 2014 in Community Involvement, Events by Patricia Jennex

Informational Webinars on Proposition P

With LA County Parks & Rec Director Russ Guiney 


September 25: 3 – 4 PM  Click here

September 29: 10 – 11 AM  Click here

October 3: 4 – 5 PM  Click here

October 6: 7 – 8 PM  Click here

Los Angeles County voters approved the Safe Neighborhood Parks Measure assessment in 1992. It provides about $54 million a year for neighborhood and regional parks and recreation. That measure is about to expire-Proposition P is designed to preserve park and open space funding through a $23 annual parcel tax. Proposition P will be on the November ballot and there are only a few weeks left to get the word out. 


Attend a webinar to get involved: see the legacy of the previous parks measure and how Proposition P is structured to emphasize projects in park-poor areas; projects that enhance water quality in the LA River, San Gabriel River, creeks, lakes and beaches; projects that protect water supply sources; projects that increase open space; and projects that employ and train local youth. Invite your staff, your team or your organization to attend too. Pass this invitation along! (Go to if you’d like more information about webinars.) 


We will also provide fact sheet hand-outs in multiple languages. 

Just click on a link above to join the webinar.

Job Opportunity – Residential Project in Saratoga California

September 21, 2014 in Job Opportunities by Patricia Jennex

The UCLA Landscape Architecture Program Office was contacted by a California Landscape Architect who is looking for a landscape designer to assist in a high end residential project in Saratoga California. One year of training can be obtained under a licensed architect, Ms. Tasdighi. Applicant may not need to be located in Saratoga.

Anyone interested in the position can contact Stephanie Landregan, the Program Director, at 310.825.9414

The following is a description of what Ms. Tasdighi is looking for:
“Attached are a couple of images for the project in Saratoga which is currently under construction. It’s a very modern & minimalist home & I’m looking for a talented landscape designer with similar design approach, to assist me in developing the existing landscape/hardscape concept design, but more in depth & introducing new & fresh ideas with a clear understanding of plant material, landscape/hardscape ideas.  This can be a very interesting and valuable project for anyone involved because of its scale & the extent of elements it needs to provide: pool, cabana, spa, large driveway, outdoor kitchen, fire pit, sitting & dining areas, reflecting pools, stone walls, fruit orchard, etc…
The project is located in an exclusive neighborhood in Saratoga, CA, in the booming Silicon Valley that hosts a significant number of dot com wealthy people with very limited access to good design. This project could, not only enhance a young landscape designer’s portfolio, it will potentially be a stepping stone towards landing more significant projects in that area.”

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Job Opportunity – Trust for Public Land in Los Angeles California

September 21, 2014 in Job Opportunities by Patricia Jennex

Job opportunity with THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND


TITLE: Parks for People – Project Manager I

DEPARTMENT:West Division/California

SUPERVISOR:Los Angeles Program Director


STATUS: Temporary – 12 Month Position  FTE: 1


The Project Manager will be responsible for the full range of activities associated with park development projects within the Parks for People—Los Angeles Program. The Project Manager will work with local agencies and vendors in urban communities, participate in community workshops, manage consultants, steward construction document preparation and construction administration. This position will be a member of the Los Angeles team managing the design, development and construction of new park and alley projects in Los Angeles County.


  • Management of park and alley design process in close coordination with project partners (both public agencies and consultant teams)
  • Vendor selection (including contracting of landscape designers and construction professionals)
  • Management of relationships and negotiation of contracts with city and other local agencies and vendors
  • Community outreach and engagement including facilitating community workshops
  • Design and planning coordination with city agencies and community groups
  • Oversight of project construction process in coordination with a Trust for Public Land construction administration consultant
  • Maintain strong working relationships with partner organizations and other community-based organizations. Assist them with their community support strategies.
  • Administrative tasks include adherence to contractual project obligations, including managing grants and associated reporting requirements and general program support.


  • A degree in Landscape Architecture preferred; other degree with substantial equivalent experience may be considered
  • Mid-level project manager that includes managing all aspects of design, permitting and construction administration
  • Excellent oral, written and graphic communication skills
  • Experience in hiring and managing contractors to design and construct urban park improvements
  • Experience working for or with community based organizations and public agencies
  • Ability to independently manage complex projects from start to finish with moderate level of supervision
  • Must have the ability to determine procedures on new assignments and provide guidance to others
  • Demonstrated ability to function well as a team member
  • High degree of creativity, vision, and resourcefulness
  • An awareness and understanding of environmental justice issues in low-income, urban communities
  • Ability to collaborate and negotiate with diverse groups and interests in dynamic inner-city environments
  • Budgeting and time management skills
  • Ability to mentor other project staff


  • Computer proficiency: AutoCAD, Adobe CS and Microsoft Office
  • Spanish language skills a plus
  • Non-profit experience desirable
  • Experience in urban community park planning a plus

Please send cover letter describing relevant work experience, resume and work samples (5.0 MB max.) to:

Trust for Public Land is Actively Recruiting A Diverse Workforce

Job Opportunity – Creative Concepts in Southern California

September 21, 2014 in Job Opportunities by Patricia Jennex

Creative Concepts is a La Crescenta California landscape design and maintenance company. They are looking for a freelance landscape artist with knowledge of local plants and Southern California plant palette for sketches, renderings and conceptual drawings.

For more information and to apply, contact Laurice Becker at Creative Concepts Landscape Management.


Check out their website:

Alumni Connection Event September 19, 2014

September 9, 2014 in Events by Patricia Jennex

The Alumni Connection would like to invite you to a very special evening of Pecha Kucha style presentations by some of our esteemed alumni from the Landscape Architecture Program. Each presentation is just 400 seconds (20 images x 20 seconds each) and will be as varied and diverse as the alumni we are pleased to welcome to this event. “Along the Path: Traversals from the A.C.” is the theme for the evening and we are eager to hear from Deborah Deets, Puck Erickson, Jackie Ignon, Michelle Sullivan Indjayan, Yael Lir, Michael O’Brien, Stephanie Psomas, and Melinda Taylor.

The event will be held at the Roxbury Community Center in Beverly Hills on Friday, September 19, from 7:00pm to 9:00 pm including a dessert reception following the presentations. Please see the attached flyer for more information regarding the event. For tickets, go to Tickets are $15 for Alumni Connection members and $20 for non-members and guests.

We hope to see you on the 19th!