Job Opportunity – Landscape Maintenance Manager and Design Assistant (Topanga, CA 90290)

April 21, 2016 in Job Opportunities by Patricia Jennex

Busy and diverse Landscape Design/Build/Maintain office seeks Landscape Maintenance Manager and Design Assistant with knowledge of irrigation, drainage, drought tolerant plant material and overall landscape experience. Must have great communication and organizational skills, and work in AutoCAD / Sketch up specifically for landscape. Part-time position available immediately, that can grow into full time.
Your duties would include:
Organize and schedule the maintenance crew and generate daily work descriptions.
Communicate with and visit maintenance clients maintaining our high quality standards; including but not limited to soil probing, identifying vectors, adjusting drainage.
Work with design team to produce design concepts, sun studies, irrigation, lighting layouts, presentation layouts, and final presentations. Must be proficient in AutoCAD and Sketch Up Please include Resume/Portfolio Samples with Response Location: Topanga, California 90290 Hourly – Negotiable- based on experience
Please send your Resume/Cover Letter to:

Water, Soil, Trees: Planning for a Sustainable Future Feb 21, 2016 Event

February 16, 2016 in Events by Patricia Jennex

Water, Soil, Trees: Planning for a Sustainable Future

Sunday, February 21, 2016 – 8:00am – 2:00pm
TreePeople Conference Center
12601 Mulholland Drive,  Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Begin the day with a light breakfast and networking, then enjoy three experts’ presentations on preparing for a sustainable future in the face of climate change.  Each presentation will include a Q&A session.

Following the presentations, enjoy an organic lunch and a moderated roundtable discussion between all three presenters.  We will wrap up the day with additional Q&A and networking.


Rain Water Harvesting:  a good idea for your landscape
Catch it – Move it – Store it – Use it

Marilee Kuhlmann
Urban Water Group, Inc.
Comfort Zones Garden Design

Be Loyal to Your Soil
What is it?
Why is it important?
What’s going on down there?
Frenemies & enemies of soil
Building better soil

Paula Henson
Urban Water Group, Inc.
Terra Bella Landscape Design

Preparing our trees for the next century…
 Impact of climate change on urban trees
How can we adapt?
Species selection for the next century
Reduce problems and improve tolerance

Lisa Smith
Registered Consulting Arborist #464
ISA Certified Arborist #WE3782
ISA Tree Risk Assessor Qualified

Please RSVP and attend our event!

$35  Alumni Connection members *
$45  Non-Members

* Membership is open to all UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Program graduates, instructors, current students, and friends and family of Full Members. Annual dues range from $10-$40 depending upon the member category.


Design Thinking Workshop at UCLA Extension

February 16, 2016 in Events by Patricia Jennex

Give your organization an edge in the forward-thinking social-impact movement.

Enroll your team-members in UCLA Extension’s exclusive weekend workshop, “Design Thinking.”
This stimulating three-day experience is led by Marc Mertens, CEO of the revolutionary design firm A Hundred Years, which has been called an operation of “creative genius” (Forbes). It will also be led by the equally talented Barbara Groth, CEO and Creative Director of Big Buddha Baba. Both of these design firms work with projects that are catalysts of social change. In this intensive deep-dive into the tools and methodologies of design thinking, you’ll learn ways to strengthen employees’ insights, brainstorming skills, and design abilities.
Applicable to professionals in various industries, students are given hands-on design challenges, and encouraged to embark on the rich process of research and discovery that can translate into real-world benefits for your organization. Previous projects have involved app building, library reimagining, and redesigning how people experience art.
Enroll now. The future awaits!
Design Thinking Workshop: Designing for Impact
Questions? Contact us at (310) 206-1422, or email

Course Discription:

This three-day workshop is an intensive deep dive into the tools and methodologies of design thinking and prototyping. Students are given a real-world design challenge and then embark on the process of research and discovery, mapping the challenge, brainstorming the possibilities, sketching and improvisation, defining the opportunity, and prototyping experiences to drive impact across digital and physical landscapes. The emphasis in the workshop is on immersion, collaboration, experimentation, invention, and experience design.

Los Angeles: A Hundred Years
Friday, 6-9pm,
March 4

Los Angeles: A Hundred Years
Saturday & Sunday, 10am-6pm,
March 5 – 6

3 meetings total

No refund after Mar 3.

LARE Exam Prep at UCLA Extension Feb & Mar 2016

February 16, 2016 in Events by Patricia Jennex

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LARE Exam Prep at UCLA Extension

Let UCLA Extension’s highly regarded preparation courses guide you through the Landscape Architect Registration Exam (LARE).
Our thorough review courses provide current materials and practice vignettes for all sections of this challenging national licensing exam.
LARE exam preparation courses offer:
• Convenient schedules-Sections 1, 2, and 3 are 1-day courses; Section 4 is 2 days
• Flexible enrollment options-enroll in just one review or all four
• Essential keys to pass the exam-subject matter mastery, problem-solving skills, and test-taking strategies
• Expert instruction-by Landscape Architect, Angela Woodward, BLSA (CA 2126)

Sat., March 12, 9 am-5 pm
Sun., March 13, 9 am-5 pm
Sun., Feb 28, 9 am-5 pm
Fri., Feb 26, 1 pm-7 pm
Sat., Feb 27, 9 am-5 pm

Enroll Today and gain the confidence and mastery you need to succeed!
UCLA Extension, 10995 Le Conte Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024-1333, (310) 825-9971

4 Upcoming Events: Drought and Beauty, Landscape as Necessity Debate Series

October 11, 2015 in Events by Patricia Jennex

October 9 2015, Helms Design Center 6:00 pm

Kate Cullity, Taylor Cullity Lethlean, Melbourne
Mia Lehrer, Mia Lehrer & Associates, Los Angeles

Moderated by:
Kelly Shannon
USC Landscape Architecture + Urbanism

November 20 2015, Helms Design Center 6:00 pm

James Burnett, OJB, Solana Beach
Mark Rios, Rios Clementi Hale Studios, Los Angeles

Moderated by:
Stephanie Landregan, UCLA Extension Program in Landscape Architecture

February 5 2016, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) 6:00 pm

Els Verbakel & Elie Derman, Derman Verbakel Architecture, Tel Aviv
Allen Compton, SALT, Los Angeles

Moderated by:
Rennie Tang, Cal Poly Pomona Landscape Architecture

March 4 2016, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) 6:00 pm

Martí Franch, EMF Landscape Architecture, Girona
Gerdo Aquino, SWA, Los Angeles

Moderated by:
Hadley Arnold, Arid Lands Institue
with panelist Joseph Byrne, Best Best and Kreiger LLP



Helms Bakery Design Center, 8745 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 (FREE Valet parking at Venice & Helms)
Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), 525 South Hewitt, Los Angeles, CA 90013


U S C , G ra d u a te L a n d s ca p e A r c h i t e c t u r e & U r b a n i s m
C a l P o l y P o m o n a , L a n d s ca p e A r c h i t e c t u r e
UCLA , E x t e n s i o n P r o g ra m i n L a n d s ca p e A r c h i t e c t u r e
LALA , L a n d s ca p e A r c h i t e c t s L o s A n g e l e s
A L I , A r i d L a n d s I n s t i t u t e
M i a L e h r e r + A s s o c i a t e s
N e u t ra V D L H o u s e
H e l m s D e s i g n Ce n t e r
B e s t B e s t & K r e i g e r L L P

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Drought and Beauty

Annual IESOC Exterior Lighting Expo Event with Speaker Janet Lennox Moyer

September 27, 2015 in Events by Patricia Jennex

Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)  of Orange County invites you to join us for our 2015 ANNUAL IESOC EXTERIOR LIGHTING EXPO

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 – 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Tustin Ranch Golf Club
12442 Tustin Ranch Road • Tustin, CA 92782


5:30-9:00 pm Attendee registration and EXPO Open
5:30-9:00 pm Cash Bar Open
6:00-8:30 pm Dinner buffet served
7:00-8:00 pm Janet Moyer on “LED affects on Landscape Lighting – how it changes the magic”
6:30, 7:30, 8:30 pm Raffle

Janet Lennox Moyer
Jan & Brooke Luminae, LLC

Janet Lennox Moyer, FIALD, COLD, recipient of many design awards has judged lightingcompetitions, been published extensively and taught all over the world. Her practice hasincluded interior, commercial, and residential lighting, but her emphasis shifted to landscape lighting in 1983. Brooke Silber joined Jan as partner in the new firm Jan & Brooke, Luminae in February 2012.

Jan wrote the internationally acclaimed The Landscape Lighting Book. Originally published in 1992 with the second edition released by John Wiley in March 2005, and the third edition, released in July 2013, which integrates the disruptive technology LED, how it is changing lighting, and what to look for in the future. Ms. Moyer will have books available after the presentation.


Learn the latest in exterior lighting products geared towards Lighting Designers, Architects, Landscape Architects, Municipalities, Project Owners, Contractors and Developers. Hear the reknowned Janet Moyer speak on LED lighting. This is a MUST attend event!


  • EXPO is FREE
  • Dinner is FREE
  • (Optional) Janet Moyer Presentation $25/person

Please Register (especially for Ms. Moyer) by November 10, 2015.
Register on

ESOC will supply:

  • Food (Mexican buffet) and a Cash Bar
  • 3 Prize drawings

For more information, contact ELE Co-Chairs:

  • Pat Jones:
  • Richard Lund:
  • Yvonne English:

ELE Attendee Flyer September 2015

Job Opportunity in Pacific Palisades

September 27, 2015 in Job Opportunities by Patricia Jennex

Landscape Design firm located in Pacific Palisades has an opening for a part-time and full time Draftsperson/Design Assistant with potential to grow into a full-time position.

Applicants may apply via Craigslist at:

Primary focus of job will be drafting but principal designer may ask for input on planting design or have you work on plant/hardscape material research, putting together presentations for clients, site visits for measurements and photos, project tracking, and/or other design assistant/office tasks.

Applicant will be responsible for creating and revising landscaping plans in AutoCad. The draftsperson will receive sketches or notes from the designer and will be responsible for preparing drawings of 2D landscape plans. Occasional overtime may be required in order to meet project deadlines.


  • Minimum 1.5 years office experience in architectural/landscape architectural/design office in a drafting position.
  • Strong AutoCAD skills with samples of work showcasing landscape skills, especially. Preferred samples should be of landscape/planting plans or construction documents that include landscape. Also of relevance are irrigation, landscape details, hardscape plans or similar.  Applications without landscape/planting plan samples will not be reviewed.
  • Ability to understand  AutoCAD drawings from architectural firms and implement landscape elements efficiently.
  • Proficient in Photoshop, Indesign, Microsoft Office (Word/Excel).
  • Interest in horticulture, plants, landscape and planting design.
  • Ability to take site measurements and translate into a site plan in AutoCAD.
  • Detailed oriented (even under pressure) and able to communicate clearly with owner/designer and clients.
  • Knowledge of both PCs and MACs.



  • Knowledge of other CAD/3D programs, Sketch-Up a plus.
  • Hand rendering / sketching.

 Very Important:

  • Only candidates in the Los Angeles area should apply!
  • Resumes only accepted with portfolio examples in PDF format and limited to 10 megabytes. Resumes without a portfolio will not be contacted.
  • Only applicants with proven landscape/architectural experience will be contacted.

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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Job Opportunity at KDI in Los Angeles

April 6, 2015 in Job Opportunities by Patricia Jennex

Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is currently seeking a junior landscape designer passionate about community driven development. The position is in KDI’s Los Angeles office and we are looking for a designer with experience in material assemblies and small-scale construction. This is a fantastic opportunity for a highly motivated and creative self-starter to work in a collaborative interdisciplinary studio on a range of project typologies from strategic planning and research to park design and the construction of temporary spaces. Project responsibilities will focus on domestic projects with an emphasis on regional work in Southern California.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Work with the KDI team to facilitate innovative community engagement strategies. Responsible for designing and conducting community meetings and participatory design workshops
  • Contribute to design of Productive Public Space projects from concept design through construction administration under supervision of a licensed Landscape Architect
  • Contribute to the design and construction of temporary space activations on vacant lots and streets
  • Develop a materials and construction technology library for research and prototyping
  • Seek creative and innovative solutions to assigned tasks and participate in developing the associated research and documentation for these solutions
  • Collaborate with artists, policy planners, community-based organization partners and other consultants on project development
  • Frequent travel to the Coachella Valley by car
  • Occasional collaboration with KDI international on Productive Public Space Projects in Africa and the Latin America.


  • MLA
  • Undergraduate BArch or 3+ years of construction experience
  • 1-3 years design experience working for a professional Landscape Architectural office
  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills
  • Excellent writing and analytical abilities (sample requested)
  • Experience with data collection and analysis – area-wide indicators (demographic, public health, etc.), community needs assessments, SWOT analyses, etc.
  • Experience with grading of landforms and hard surfaces
  • Experience in construction of simple frame structures
  • Proficient in AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp, VRay, Rhino, Adobe CS and MS Excel.
  • Experience with Southern California plant palette, a plus
  • Experience working with low-income or underserved communities, a plus
  • Bilingual (Spanish-English) preferred.

Salary commensurate with experience.
Portfolio should highlight a range of project typologies and feature your construction detailing experience. We request that the writing sample be no more than 500 words.
Send electronic copy of cover letter, résumé, portfolio and writing sample to:
Jennifer Toy
Design Director, KDI

About KDI:
Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is a non-profit design and community development firm that partners with people living in extreme poverty to design and implement solutions that permanently transform their communities and improve their quality of life. KDI began in 2006 as a two-week independent research project between six students from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Today it is an innovative design and community development firm that partners with communities in Africa, Latin America, and the United States to transform underserved neighborhoods into thriving communities. In response to each community’s unique priority needs, KDI works with residents to design and implement projects that improve the physical environment and simultaneously introduce new economic activity and social development opportunities.
KDI believes participatory design and long-term investment are key to sustainable development. Working collaboratively with communities from conception through implementation, KDI enhances their ideas with technical knowledge and creativity, and connects them to extant resources. Through this process KDI builds networks of Productive Public Spaces (PPS) – high impact, low-cost environments – that individually and collectively, mitigate environmental hazards, provide needed amenities, build social networks, and generate micro-enterprise, at the neighborhood and regional scale.
We have been recognized for our innovative approach to poverty alleviation by notable institutions such as The Rockefeller Foundation, Ashoka Changemakers, American Express, Annenberg Alchemy, Smithsonian Institution, Echoing Green, UN/Dubai and Swiss Re Foundation.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status or medical condition.