Lighting Design Workshop Sunday Jan 28, 2018

January 9, 2018 in Education by Patricia Jennex

Strengthen Your Outdoor Lighting Design Skills

The Landscape Architecture Alumni Connection of UCLA Extension invites you to join us for a lighting design workshop with Yvonne English of Legends Design Studio, FX Luminaire, Lightcraft Outdoor and Focus Industries.

Sunday, January 28, 2018
2:00 pm to 6:30 pm

La Casita Del Arroyo
177 South Arroyo Boulevard
Pasadena, CA  91105

Yvonne English is Principal of Legends Design Studio, Inc., a LEED certified firm, and has been teaching the Fundamentals of Outdoor Lighting Design for 9 years. Her breadth of knowledge about proper lighting techniques and involvement in the International Dark Skies Initiative help her to empower landscape professionals to light the outdoors with safety, beauty and the environment in mind.  For a deeper dive into Lighting Design, Yvonne will be teaching a class Fall quarter 2018 through the UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture program.

FX Luminarie, Lightcraft Outdoor and Focus Industries will be sharing their technologies and illuminating the outdoor gardens with their new and most trusted models.

We will be serving food and drinks during the lighting demonstrations in the evening portion.

Click here to purchase a ticket.

$20 for Alumni Connection Members
$30 for non-members

Click here to download flier: Lighting Workshop Invite Flier 012818

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New UCLA Extension Classes: Sketching in CUBA and How to Succeed in the Landscape Industry

June 12, 2017 in Education by Patricia Jennex

UCLA Extension is offering two special classes.

First a class on the business of landscape and secondly a travel abroad class to CUBA.

How to Succeed in the Landscape Industry

I have heard Judith Guido speak and asked her to do this class. She has worked in the industry for over 15 years, as a Vice-President and Marketing CEO for many big firms.  She is very impressive and a great speaker and networker.  I hope you take advantage of this offering.

Sketching on Location in CUBA

Richard Scott and I will be leading a sketching trip to CUBA! Covering Havana and its environs, we will visit many gardens and some of the famous organic gardening cooperatives. This will be a terrific tour and  may be the only opportunity you have to sketch in CUBA as there is discussion of again of the new administration curtailing travel to this country. We will be having a WEBINAR information session on this on June 27 at noon, so please tune in!

You can use your Alumni Connection membership to get a discount on the Landscape Industry course! (Cuba has no discounts.)

Click here to download flier.

2017 special courses

Fall Quarter 2015: Fundamentals of Exterior Lighting course at UCLA Extension

September 14, 2015 in Education, Events by Patricia Jennex

Understanding how the eye functions as light levels change is critical to successful lighting design. In this course, students learn the unique lighting design skills of manipulating the eye through dark and light spaces and creating safe night spaces and compositions. The course highlights
basic light concepts, such as the lighting vocabulary; how the eye and brain function to provide vision: how we see light and how it affects what we “see”; and how to quantify color for lighting design. Attendees learn various light
sources: incandescent, halogen, Fluorescent, HID, LED and Low Pressure Sodium; luminaires (fixtures); controls; and photometry. The course covers various exterior lighting applications for roadways, sports lighting, retail/commercial, structures, parking lots, building exteriors, landscapes and residential design.
Instruction covers the process of lighting design and its concepts, such as designing with respect to the dark sky; addressing safety and security. A discussion of the sustainable standards,
such as LEED; energy efficiency; municipal codes and standards; and how light affects health is presented.

Instructor: Yvonne English (’08), RLA CA 5482, LEED AP

To enroll:
Go to, click on “quick enroll” and enter the corresponding Reg# or call (310) 825-9414
For more information about the Landscape Architecture Program at UCLA Extension visit:

Reg# 259302
Extension Gayley Center
1145 Gayley Ave. rm. 111
Sat 9am-4pm; Oct 3 & 17, Nov 14


Speaker Event “Lighting Design Considering the Impacts of Light Pollution”

September 13, 2015 in Education, Events by Patricia Jennex

Yvonne3Illumination Engineering Society of Orange County presents “Lighting Design Considering the Impacts of Light Pollution”

on Wednesday September 23rd

featured speaker Yvonne English (’08), PLA, ASLA, IES, LEED AP.

Mitigating the negative effects of excessive light in our environment is critical to human health and impacts on other species, sustainable energy and water quality. This presentation looks at how Landscape Architects, Landscape Designers and Lighting Designers can alter light pollution crises, creating a beneficially lit environment.

Yvonne English, UCLA Landscape Architecture Alumni, licensed Landscape Architect, Landscape Contractor, and LEED AP, is the founding principle of Legends Design Studio. Her multiple roles grant her hands on experience in all facets of landscape design project development, including preliminary design, site planning, planting, irrigation, lighting and water feature design, construction drawing specifications, construction support, and LEED sensitive design.

In 1995, Yvonne began training as a lighting designer with Bill Lochlin, the founder of Nightscaping. Her abilities expanded as she attended several workshops presented by Janet Moyer, the renowned expert of landscape lighting. Yvonne never forgot the knowledge gained from Janet’s wisdom and attended Janet’s 5-day professional Landscape Lighting Institute in New York. Her construction company, Legends in Landscape, has designed and installing lighting systems for the last 20 years.


6:00 to 6:30 pm Social Hour and Manufacturer Table Tops

6:30 to 8:30 pm Dinner Buffet Served

7:00 to 8:00 pm Speaker

8:00 to 8:30 pm Networking

lightEvent takes place Wednesday September 23rd from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at:

Dave and Busters

Irvine Spectrum Center

71 Spectrum Center Driver #960, Irvine, CA  92618

Cost: $25

Register at:

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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.