Career Milestone 1
NAIT - Landscape Architectural Technology
Landscape Designer/Technologist Park Landscaping Edmonton, AB Jun 2019 – Present
To work closely with a landscape architect
Subcontractor /Landscape Designer Garden Magic Landscaping Inc. Edmonton, AB Summer 2018/2019
Worked in collaboration with manager, providing valuable input and suggestions on various residential landscaping projects;
worked with other team members and designers. Competed full-scope residential design projects, including detailed planting plan – drafting in AutoCAD and rendering in PhotoShop. Participated in hands-on work.
It surprised me the level of knowledge that is required to put together a plan or design.
I had to emerge myself in learning and gather all the necessary "tools" before providing a well-thought-through plan.
Uncover client needs, providing solutions through design consultation, material selection, and ongoing customer service before, during, and after the project. Create accurate, diverse, desirable, artistic, and inspirational landscape designs to suit various site conditions and client preferences. Cost estimate, and planting plans. Prepare accurate construction drawings.
Flowing up with new leads.
Scheduling site visits.
Analyzing the site, including taking measurements and determining the elevation. Meetings with clients to understand the project scope and their goals.
Drafting RPR and plot plans.
Design and plan residential and pool projects in 2D rendered drawings and 3D images, as well as detailed planting plans and accurate cost estimates.
Sending contracts to booked clients and managing the deposit payment.
Guiding and instructing the construction package for booked projects.
Meeting with the operation team to hand over the complete project (rendered 2D drawing, planting plan, construction package, cost estimate and other reports).
During construction, frequent visits are made to ensure that the crew is following the design and checking if there are any questions they may have.
Working closely with the operation team during the construction phase.
Responsible for any change orders that may be needed during construction.
Being the main communication person for clients and being available at all times.
Attention to details
Broad knowledge of plant materials
Good drafting skills and ability to read RPR plot plan
Understanding the construction process allows one to draft construction packages with sections, details, and dimension plans.
I love everything about this profession.
I enjoy seeing the transformation of a good design and planning can produce - like magic :)
I designed and planned a major residential pool design project.
The project included an inground spa and pool with an elevated stone patio with a retaining wall.
The design was based on the 45-degree angle, resulting in a dynamic design with large planting areas.
The materials that were chosen supported a modern, clean look and feel.
Intimate seating areas were created in memory of a loved one per the client's request.
Another project that I enjoyed was a small sloped backyard.
The design was challenging due to the small space and the existing slope.
I created two-level patios with a 2' HT retaining wall. The lower patio includes a composite L-shaped to maximize the space.
Outdoor lighting had been added to create an intimate atmosphere and ambient.
More elements were used in this design. The information above is to give a sense of the project scope.
Determining elevations in sloped yards and drainage projects.
Since I don't have building experience, I found this part challenging.
In complex projects, the construction manager will meet on site and he will use the laser level.
I will use a string line, two stakes, and a bubble level to check various heights in a simpler project.
The love of learning
To keep learning and improving design and planning ability
The love of learning all aspects of Architectural Landscape Design is my passion, and I am always looking for ways to perfect and improve.