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In Memoriam: Donald Brinkerhoff, FASLA

Don Brinkerhoff, FASLA, began his illustrious career in landscape architecture at the age of 16. He attended Cal Poly Pomona, graduating in 1952 with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture. During a time of financial hardship, Don, thanks to his favorite teacher Howard Boltz, applied for and received a scholarship that helped him complete his studies. He was forever grateful for that significant kindness and, for the rest of his career, he contributed to Cal Poly Pomona’s Endowment with three “Don and Barbara Brinkerhoff Scholarships,” and also established a substantial unrestricted scholarship, the “Donald Carl Brinkerhoff Scholarship” which is the largest offered at the college to date.

After five years working for others, he established his own firm, Lifescapes International, in 1958. He believed in designing bold solutions with elements of surprise along with “theatrical” combinations of softscape and hardscape. Inspired by his world travels, his goal was to create magical, memorable places people enjoy, hence the Lifescapes International mantra, “We Create Gardens People Love.”

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