Category Archives: The Week-Ender

Wait, Wait, Wait – Rush, Rush, Rush!

Chaos and caffeine are among a landscape architect's tools.

Not too many years ago, I can remember lamenting with a colleague about submittal deadlines and how we, as landscape architects, always seemed to be the “tail of the dog” when it came to getting base files and other information we needed from our clients or other consultants to complete our design work. How many times have we sat at our computers, feverishly scurrying to finish up a plan set and trying with all our might to beat the clock … Continue reading

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A Man Around Campus

Get a fresh perspective by heading back to school.

What a fun week it was last week! A new puppy, a new truck, a new project at work, and–most interestingly–a new opportunity to join a group of “professional advisors” for a landscape architecture college at a major university. What an honor to be asked and a pleasure to serve in that capacity! The week ended with a trip back to school for a two-day engagement with the college kids. Yes, I spent 24 hours–on campus–with college kids…and I did … Continue reading

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Leaving A Legacy

Leaving A Legacy

I have a bit of exciting news to share with you this week: On Tuesday, my youngest brother and his wife had a baby and made my wife and me an Auntie and Uncle once again. As you are reading this, we are most likely on our way to meet our nephew for the first time. As I was preparing to write this weekend’s post, I was thinking about the new addition to our family. As I started making my … Continue reading

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History In The Making

What do you do when the history is a mystery?

“This place…it has significant age, all right. But it has no signs of visible history. Hmmm, what is a designer to do?” That has been an ongoing design discussion we’ve had over the past several months. The fortune (and misfortune, to some degree) has been mine in taking on the design challenge of a project that just so happens to be on a historic site. Initially, the program called for the removal of a dilapidated perimeter chain-link fence, placement of … Continue reading

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Old Friend

It's always a happy thing when work brings you face to face with an old friend!

I had the fortune this past week of running into an old friend, one I hadn’t seen in awhile. To be honest, it had probably been at least three or four years since we had seen each other last. We happened to bump into each other at, of all places, a job site. It was a park project I had worked on a number of years ago, but because of the local economic conditions, the plans had been put on … Continue reading

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