Lighting Design Workshop Sunday Jan 28, 2018

January 9, 2018 in Education

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

September 14, 2015 in Education, Events

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

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

September 27, 2014 in Education, Events

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

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 IESOC Exterior Lighting Expo April 16

March 18, 2014 in Events


Fundamentals of Exterior Lighting at UCLA Extension taught by Yvonne English ’07

September 28, 2013 in Events

Fundamentals of Exterior Lighting  through UCLA Extension will be taught by alumni Yvonne English (’07) on October 19; November 2 & 23, 2013, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

This course focuses on how to design lighting that provides not only ambiance, but also provides safety in the landscape and functionality for outdoor tasks. The course covers the current lighting trends, techniques and products available to designers and installers.

Alumni Connection Full Members (graduates) receive a 10% discount for the course. The promo code will be sent to members via email, or email Yvonne at or WEB Master at

See UCLA Extension Blog for more information.