Role at GreenWorks:
Jim Figurski is a Professional Landscape Architect and Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects. His career spans more than 35 years of service to public and private clients. Much of Jim’s work has focused on the planning and design of complex projects in challenging environments ranging from neighborhood parks to National Park facilities. Jim has led the planning and design efforts for new construction, expansions, and renovations of over sixty parks; ten community centers; a covered ice skating and hockey facility; planning and design of course improvements and new maintenance facilities and clubhouses at each of Portland Parks & Recreation’s four public golf courses.
Jim has also spent over 25 years in leadership roles on various boards, commissions and national organizations. These include service on the Clackamas County Design Review Board (1987-90), the Tualatin Architectural Review Board (1987-95), the City of Tualatin Sign Ordinance Committee (1991-92), the Oregon Chapter and National association of the American Society of Landscape Architects (1990-2017), the Oregon State Landscape Architects Board (1994-2006), the City of Portland Stormwater Advisory Committee (2001), and the national Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (1995-2017).
Why I work at GreenWorks:
I discovered Landscape Architecture after numerous false starts in a variety of academic pursuits. Although I didn’t know it at the time, each of these explorations in Biology, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Law and Education were setting me up for life as a Landscape Architect. Landscape Architecture is not just a profession. For me, it is a way of looking at life and a way of giving something positive to future generations. I am eternally grateful that Landscape Architecture found me.
All of this is why I choose to work here. GreenWorks has, over the years, given me the opportunity to work with generations of like-minded individuals in a collaborative and supportive culture; planning, creating, restoring or expanding the kinds of places (and thinking) that make the places we live, work, and play in that much better for us and the world.