I would like to begin by introducing myself to the Residential Landscape Architecture members I did not meet at the ASLA conference in Washington, D.C. I have been practicing residential landscape architecture since my graduation from Syracuse University’s School of Environmental Science and Forestry in 1983. I own and operate LDAW Landscape Architecture PC, a residential design/build firm in Carmel, New York. We specialize in high end residential design and pool environments. For 26 years, I have also been an instructor in landscape design at the New York Botanical Garden’s School of Professional Horticulture in the Bronx, New York.
As the economy dipped over the past few years, I felt it important to expand my horizons and join and participate in several organizations. Through educational and social networking such as those provided by this PPN, I have been able to learn about the new principles and practices that are being employed by fellow LAs in order to adapt to the new economic and environmental climates that are reshaping our practice.
No doubt you are aware that sustainable landscape design has become a very important part of this new era. Working with swimming pools, I have focused my studies on improved hydraulics, variable speed pumps, LED lighting, and more sustainable and porous pavement systems. Addressing runoff has also become a major consideration in more recent designs, as well as incorporating newer and greener elements such as rain gardens.
During the Residential Landscape Architecture PPN meeting last September, members discussed ways to improve communication and share ideas through social networking. As a result of this discussion, ASLA has set up LinkedIn groups for the various PPNs, as well as an ASLA Professional Practice Networks LinkedIn group for members of all PPNs. Please join our group and share your ideas and experiences. We have already had some interesting topics and discussions.
I look forward to serving as your Chair, and please feel free to contact me any time. I also look forward to seeing everyone in sunny San Diego this fall. Coming from New York, this past winter has not been any fun at all.
Have a healthy and prosperous spring.
Bill Einhorn, ASLA
Chair, Residential Landscape Architecture