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I am a young passionate Landscape Architect seeking to create simple but powerful interventions, advocating sustainable ecosystems that negotiate environmental, social, cultural and political influences.  As a highly motivated and dedicated person, I have developed a rigorous interest in designing and advocating sustainable ecosystems that negotiate environmental, social, cultural and political influences, to produce vibrant projects. I am passionate about how people interact with the landscape and public spaces and I aspire to facilitate a dialogue between the environment and its occupants by implementing bold interventions. I have thoroughly enjoyed my engagement with Landscape Architecture and I crave to continue that participation far into the future.

“Landscape architecture is the design of outdoor public areas, landmarks, and structures to achieve environmental, social-behavioral, or aesthetic outcomes.” in The Landscape of Man: Shaping the Environment from Prehistory to the Present Day

ABOUT

I grew up along the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast. I graduated from Moss Point High School in 2003 and from Mississippi State University in 2008 where I received my Bachelors of Landscape Architecture.

When I am not at my job, I enjoy spending my free time with my wife, playing Scrabble, working in the yard, drawing, golfing and playing video games. I also enjoy staying up to date on all the newest technology and design trends. With experience in web, graphic and landscape design, I maintain a healthy balance between functionality and visual impact in all my work. I believe every piece of design can be a work of art.

I am a highly creative, professional, experienced and extremely organized and schedule oriented. My meticulous attention to detail, outgoing personality and versatility has enabled me to gain extensive experience in all aspects of design. I love my work and enjoy each new project as I receive it.

PORTFOLIO

RESUME

EXPERIENCE

January 2018 – Present
Columbus Consolidated Government – Columbus, Georgia
Principal Planner / Landscape Architect / Certified Arborist

August 2016 – December 2017
Columbus Consolidated Government – Columbus, Georgia
Planner I / Landscape Architect / Certified Arborist

January 2012 – August 2016
A Cut Above Landscape Management – Columbus, Georgia
Landscape Architect / Certified Arborist

May 2009 – December 2011
Chris Francis Landscapes – Daphne, Alabama
Landscape Designer / Certified Arborist

May 2008 – April 2009
First Federal Savings & Loan – Moss Point, Mississippi
Teller / Runner

EDUCATION

2004 – 2008
Bachelors of Landscape Architecture
Mississippi State University

2007
Mike Lin Two-Week Graphic Workshop
Manhattan, Kansas

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

PHOTOSHOP 80
SKETCHUP 85
HAND GRAPHICS 80
AUTOCAD 70
WORDPRESS 75

PROJECTS COMPLETED

311

PROJECTS VALUE

$2,250,000

LICENSES & MEMBERSHIPS

October 2014 – Present
Registered Landscape Architect, State of Mississippi
License: 642

June 2011 – Present
International Society of Arboriculture – Certified Arborist
License: SO-6580A

June 2010 – Present
International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
Member ID: 199576

October 2006 – Present
American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA)
Member ID: 1106365

August 2016 – Present
American Planning Association (APA)
Member ID: 330115

HONORS & AWARDS

• PLANET: National Landscape Award of Excellence – Merit Award (2014)
• Festival of Flowers – Mobile, Alabama (2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013)
• Ledger Enquirer Award – Best Lawn Service (2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014)
• Alabama Nursery & Landscape Association – Landscape Award (2012)
• Art in the Park Flower Extravaganza – Foley, Alabama (2011)
• Boy Scouts of America – Eagle Scout Award (2001)

PERSONAL SKILLS

PLANNING 100
COMMUNICATION 85
TEAM PLAYER 95
COMMITMENT 100
LEADERSHIP 90

MARKERS USED

108

ESTIMATES COMPLETED

955

PROCESS

Landscape Architecture is the collective design of landforms, plant material, buildings, paving materials, space, and water. Landscape Architects are educated and trained to solve problems with exterior spaces, circulation, spatial relationship with a thorough understanding of all elements that may affect the final design. Through careful planning and development, the true success of an outdoor space depends on the thoughtful and sensitive combination of all design elements.

Design Process

A truly successful project will be thoughtfully executed through a design process. Depending on the scope of the project, the design process will constantly vary and change. Why have a design process? The process provides a logical, organized framework for creating a design solution. Secondly, it will insure that the solution evolves and is consistent with the client’s desires and budget. Thirdly, it will maximize the best us of the property and space. Finally, it serves as a basis for explaining and rationalizing the best possible solution to the client. The process is a collaboration and overlap of ideas. No one aspect of the process occurs independently.

The design process is a framework and or outline of steps that occur simultaneously. The success of the process relies upon the designer’s observation, and the willingness of the client to be an integral part of the design. If the process is carefully thought through, the designer will continuously question all decisions to insure a successful project.

I am committed to a complete and thorough understanding of your needs and objectives. I will carefully prepare a design solution that enhances your quality of living. I am confident that once the process is complete, your property will be a personalized landscape that expresses your individualism and taste for life.

“If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.” W. Edwards Deming

1. MEETING

During the initial consultation, we will have our first discussions about the project including location, size, initial ideas, uses, budget and timeline.  Make sure to have any examples of plants, materials or magazine articles ready for discussion.

2. RESEARCH

Once an agreement to begin work is satisfied, I can then begin collecting information pertaining to the site including measurements, viewsheds, topography, existing vegetation and structures, surrounding uses as well as utility line locations and restrictions/covenants.

3. CONCEPT PLAN

The concept design stage is when I put pen to paper to develop the initial ideas for the project.  The main objective of this stage is to provide the client with an understanding of the proposed spatial arrangement, programs, functions, constraints, opportunities and overall aesthetics.

4. MASTER PLAN

This stage is when every thing comes together.  The project package is complete and includes a master plan, planting plan, drainage plan, irrigation plan, tree preservation plan, plant identification list, 3D model and flythrough as well as perspectives of high profile areas.

5. INSTALLATION

Often times, once the project package is completed the client puts the project out to bid. The owner will then receive multiple bids to complete the work.  If project oversight is needed during construction I am happy to provide this service as well.

SERVICES

Offering professional services for customers who demand perfection.

PURCHASE

ARBORIST CONSULTATIONS [$150.00 / VISIT]

Trees are often overlooked until it’s too late.  Mature trees reduce temperatures by 10-20 degrees which create comfortable outdoor living spaces.  They also make a house a home and can often times be one of the main selling points of buying a particular house.  A strong healthy tree can save you money on your heating and cooling bills if located correctly on your site.  It is never too early to have a Certified Arborist involved when planning for new construction projects around mature trees.  The root system of a tree is the most important part and can usually be found in the top 3-6″ of soil.  Mature root systems can extend out 2 to 3 times the diameter of the drip line.  An Arborist Consultation is ideal for new construction projects or even small additions like drive or walk ways, pools and patios.  The Consultation includes me traveling to your site.  Once at the site a walkthrough is provide and plant and tree identification is provided.  Overall visual inspections of structural weaknesses as well as crown inspections is completed during this time and if any immediate safety concerns are present.  Any concerns about insects or diseases will also be discussed.  Depending on the type of visit a Tree Value Appraisal Report or ISA Tree Risk Assessment Report will be completed.  2 hours is included in the Consultation visit and includes drive time.

PURCHASE

LANDSCAPE CONSULTATION [$150.00 / VISIT]

A Landscape Consultation is the perfect solution for clients who need inspiration but don’t want/need an expensive landscape plan.  The Consultation includes me traveling to your site.  Prior to my visit, please make sure to have any plants, materials or magazine articles ready to discuss to get the most out of your Consultation.  Once at the site I will listen to your goals and help you achieve them in the most efficient and cost effective way possible.  A few items we may discuss during the Consultation include plant types and spacing, bed layout, hardscape dimensioning, vegetation health, trimming and pruning techniques, informal sketches, pest and disease identification and much, much more.  Once the Consultation is complete I will compile an Overview Report of everything we discuss including Plant Pictures, Materials Recommendations and any necessary Sketches.  If during the Consultation process you decide a Landscape Design is require, the Landscape Consultation Fee is credited towards your design.  2 hours is included in the Consultation visit and includes drive time.

PURCHASE

LANDSCAPE DESIGN [$450.00 MINIMUM – $75.00 / HOUR AFTER]

New construction or is it time to refresh that tired backyard?  A Landscape Design is the ideal way to give you the overall picture.  All Landscape Designs begin with a Landscape Consultation during which I listen to your goals, gather information about your site, get measurements, take pictures and get a feel for the area.  After the Consultation I take all of the information I have gathered and begin designing your site.  A black and white Concept Plan will be forwarded to you to make sure I am on the right path.  After confirmation I begin selecting specific plant types, hardscape materials and other requested features.  The Landscape Design includes a Hand Rendered Master Plan, Plant Identification Sheets, Plant Planting with Quantities, 3D Model with Flythrough as well as a Detailed Estimate.  Irrigation and Drainage layouts can be included.  After completion you will be able to use these documents to receive bids from local landscape companies to complete the project or you may want to do it yourself.  Most Landscape Designs take between 12-15 hours to complete depending on size, scope and scale of the project.  The remainder will be billed after the design process is complete.

PURCHASE

ANNUAL PLANTERS [$125.00 / PLANTER]

Whether your looking to increase curb appeal to help sale your house/business or for a little splash of color around the pool during the summer, Annual Planters are a great way to bring life to any area. Containers of potted flowers and grasses are a great alternative to traditional landscaping when “land” is in short supply. Whether they stand alone, in groups to showcase flower varieties or are added to a garden design for special interest, potted plants work just about everywhere. No space is too large or too small – I can design raised beds, in-ground flower beds or flower pots of all sizes and styles. I offer a full range of “container recipes” – unusual combinations that are unique in color, texture, height, fragrance and more. More than just traditional geraniums, petunias and potato vines, I provide the most colorful flowers including hybrid varieties, tropical plants, accent trees and ornamental grasses. Annual Planters includes potting soil, slow release fertilizer, filter fabric, base rock, mulch, 1 center piece plant, 3 upright annuals and 3 spilling annuals. Bulk pricing is available.  Please fill out the Project Inquiry tab and tell me a little about your project.

PURCHASE

GRAPHIC DESIGN [$300.00 MINIMUM – $60.00 / HOUR AFTER]

I offer clean, clear and unique designs with your ideas in mind.  Whether you are interested in creative logo’s, marketing brochures, newsletters, direct mail pieces, I am here to create your vision, or the vision you didn’t know you wanted until you see it.  I pride myself in the ability to work closely with clients to produce the perfect layout, color palette and design elements to bring your concept to life.   My Graphic Design services includes Logo’s, Business Cards, Postcards, Newsletters, Brochures, Vinyl Decals, Pamphlets, PowerPoints, WordPress Websites, Resumes, Infographics, Wayfinding Maps, Portfolios, Letterheads and much much more.  Please give me the opportunity to bring your ideas to life.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you still require assistance after the 2 hours my hourly rate kicks in which is $75.00 / hour.

Currently I use Paypal to handle all of my payments.  I do not have access nor do I store any of your personal information.

Unless otherwise agreed upon, you, the client will provide the planter pot(s).

If you want the reassurance your landscape design is installed exactly as you require I can provide project oversight in accordance with the landscape contractor you chose.  My hourly rate for this service is $75.00 / hour.

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CONTACT

Interested in working together?

Please fill out the Project Inquiry form below with some information about your project. Have a question or comment, please fill
out the General Inquiry form. Please allow a couple of business days for me to respond.

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