When you think about landscape architecture, vegetation is really important, but it is about much more than trees and shrubs.
The first step to integrating landscape architecture is to have a solid understanding of what landscape architecture actually is. Some typical areas of expertise for many landscape architects based on their training and experience include construction detailing, construction documents, ecological planning, feasibility studies and forest preservation. Training is specifically focused on the design of exterior space; and collaboration and communication of vision between people and how to build and maintain the space is vital.
Jarrod Katzer, PLA, ASLA, VNLA
- Associate at WPL
- Although he exercises a broad range of Landscape Architectural services his expertise on design practices for the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act have set the bar for Hampton Roads site development as a whole; other specialties include water quality enhancement plans, educational and interpretive stormwater design, and horticultural landscapes
- Has taken on numerous private and public commissions for living shorelines, sustainability models, cultural gardens, and civic memorials, including notable projects such as the Virginia Beach Law Enforcement Memorial and the Chesapeake 9/11 Memorial
- Has proven leadership through many guest speaker and committee roles for groups like Lynnhaven River Now, Friends of the Live Oak, Hampton Coliseum Central Business Improvement District, the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professionals, and the Virginia Tech Horticultural Extension in Tidewater
- Has led and co-led several creative design workshops for local planning and site design project with strong considerations for regional stormwater treatment and local business incentivized strategies
- Important projects include the Lynnhaven Aquaculture Center where he spurred rehabilitation of a derelict site as an oyster reef reclamation and growth facility; he also managed the landscape and special amenities for the Old Donation School in Virginia Beach, creating one of the most prolific examples of outdoor learning school curriculums in the state
- As a contributing author to the Elizabeth River Project’s Guidebook to Sustainable Development along the Waterfront, he is an effective writer for company blog articles as well as many substantive reports and project design studies.
- Currently serves on the Executive Committee as Member-at-Large for The Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and serves on several subcommittees
- Can be contacted at 757-431-1041 or [email protected]
Mike Fox, PLA, ASLA, CLARB
- Senior Associate at WPL, he heads the Landscape Architecture group, ensuring staffing, training, and project review for both conceptual and technical design plans; also leads various business development tasks and marketing endeavors for landscape architectural projects
- Practice emphasizes all aspects of landscape architecture as he leads one of the largest groups of landscape architects in southeast Virginia; his work has been central to elevating his firm to a highly sought after landscape architectural and planning consultant in the largest metropolitan area of Virginia
- His work has been instrumental for his clients pursuing investors from all over the world to do work in the Virginia Beach resort and Tidewater area; has garnered solid relationships with many local partners as well as national and international renowned firms such as EDSA, Urban Design Associates, Kimley-Horn, Baker Engineering, Dewberry, AECOM, and many others
- Has been a guest speaker for countless community seminars and classes for organizations and certification for Master Gardeners, Career Development, Educational Outreach, and Navy Brig Skills Training; has fostered design discussions for wildlife habitat design as both a discussion panelist and guest speaker for wildlife rehabilitation groups
- Has provided guidance to regional and Mid-Atlantic programs as a judge for landscape design competitions and for National Future City Competitions, and he has helped on selection committees for gateway landscape art and design
- Has won numerous awards for local and regional design projects and commissions, including several ASLA Chapter Awards for design of sustainable projects and planning
- Regularly writes topical design blogs for his company as well as for The Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He has written an article for Landscape Architect & Specifier News on one of the many local school projects he has completed. Plum Point Park has been exhibited in supplemental materials published by the Urban Land Institute and was later exhibited in Richmond’s General Assembly during Landscape Architecture Month. Mike was a contributing author to the Elizabeth River Project’s Guidebook to Sustainable Development along the Waterfront.
- Currently serves on the Executive Committee as secretary of The Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and serves on several subcommittees
- Bachelor of landscape architecture, University of Illinois
- Can be contacted at 757-431-1041 or [email protected]
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