Sketching by hand forms the basis for our initial designs. Drawing by hand is faster and easier for developing initial ideas than any computerized process.
Once we've arrived at a design, we scan it into the computer and apply state of the art three dimensional modeling to visualize the new project, complete with shadows specific to the project location.
When we've illustrated the new design concept (or concepts) in plan view and with perspective drawings, we meet with you to present the new landscape and then again to brainstorm the final design based on your feedback. Following this meeting, we transfer the finalized design to the computer for final refinement, then prepare construction drawings that will be used to build the new landscape.
Once everyone is in sync with the proposed design, we prepare landscape plans (construction drawings) in CAD. These plans communicate the design intent, dimensions, plant species, lighting fixtures and other information to contractors so they can bring the design to life.
Active in the local arts community, she exhibits her art in various venues. You might see her painting plein air on the American River Parkway, or run into her at a gallery. She switches between watercolor and acrylics, typically carrying a French easel and wearing a French lab coat, formerly white but now artistically spotted with paint.
In the past, she served on the ASLA Sierra Chapter’s board of directors, volunteered at the American River Water Education Center (ARWEC) in Folsom and participated in community charrettes sponsored by the ASLA.
Although he might get out and throw together a painting from time to time, Mike is more involved with local ecology. He’s the president of the Sacramento Valley Native Plant Garden Club, a group who meets once per month to compare notes on growing native plants and occasionally exchange seedlings. Having direct experience helps us evaluate how we’re doing to support monarch butterfly populations and create bird habitat.
Ages ago, Mike was the webmaster ASLA web site (they’re now using a template). Mike was ASLA chapter president in 2007 and was briefly a member of the APLD. He sketched at charrettes, too.
Mike and Annette frequently give public presentations to educate people in various aspects of sustainable design, including basic principles, planting design and maintenance. If you would like us to speak at your event, please contact us.
We've spoken to large audiences at the Modesto Architectural Festival, and at the national American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting in Phoenix and Boston.
Our office is located in Sacramento, in California's Central Valley. We'll go wherever we're wanted, however. We've worked on projects all around Northern California, with some fun in Central California on the coast, some more tropical designs in Southern California and even farther away, from France to Ethiopia.
Since we've lived and worked in a variety of climates (and cultures) there's no reason we couldn't create something wonderful far from Sacramento.
We speak French, Spanish, a little German and of course, English - something that definitely facilitates interaction both here and abroad.
Although Mike lived and worked in France, his main projects were elsewhere: a planning study in Jordan, lighting design for the Bâtiment des forces motrices in Geneva, a historic site in Beirut, Taman Suropati in Jakarta, sketches for the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Abeba, with some studies in Mexico and Eastern Europe.
Mexico has a great landscape architecture society that meets every other year. We've attended two of their conferences - in Mexico City and Monterrery and both were great experiences full of new technology and innovative design ideas.
As far as we know, we’re the only Sacramento area landscape design team with education, training and experience in France.
We’ve lectured at UC Davis in the landscape architecture department and at ARC and occassionally speak at community events, garden clubs and festivals.
We develop design ideas and develop concepts on tracing paper. This is one place where computers have not made things more efficient. It's still faster, easier to change a line by scribbling over the old one, and it's more fun, too.
Once we have something that works, we scan it into the computer, set it to scale and refine the design with 3D modeling and CAD.
We can present from the original paper sketches, once they've been scanned into the computer and cleaned up. Tracing them and transforming them into 3D models is another possibility, kind of magic to see the design emerge from the surface of the "paper".
Notability (iOS). Combine notes and photos into documents for future reference.
On1 Photo RAW
This program lets us put this site together like graphic designers instead of forcing us to code like geeks.
We use WordPress for our blog.
Affinity Designer (and others on iOS).
Affinity Photo (and others on iOS).
VectorWorks for just about everything. Includes database (“worksheets”) for quick generation of schedules and calculations, does 3D renderings and has a lot of workflow automation.
(we no longer use SketchUp. Their 2017 release broke made controlling views impossible to manage, and they seem to have slowed their development cycle - if not their fees!)
On iOS: Morpholio Trace (concept development sketching), ArcSite and sometimes AutoCAD for entering base info on site.
FileMaker Pro. Quick access to data streamlines operations.
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