The Non-designer's Guide to the Landscape Architecture Workplace

The Non-designer's Guide to the Landscape Architecture Workplace

When I applied to be the office coordinator at GreenWorks, I figured I had the upper hand. I’d been around landscape architecture since I was fifteen (my brother’s a landscape architect). After starting at GreenWorks, however, I quickly learned I was not much further along than people who think landscape architecture is the same as landscaping maintenance. I found myself listening to conversations around the office feeling like that scene in Stranger Things where Winona Ryder’s character is trying to decipher messages through holiday lights strung up on her wall.

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GreenWorks is the First Salmon-Safe Accredited Landscape Architecture Firm

GreenWorks is the First Salmon-Safe Accredited Landscape Architecture Firm

We’re excited to announce that because of our commitment to reducing watershed impacts, healthy-streams advocate Salmon-Safe has recognized GreenWorks with Salmon-Safe accreditation—and we’re the first landscape architecture firm anywhere to do it!

The Portland-based nonprofit Salmon-Safe works with public and private landowners to promote onsite stormwater treatment, water conservation, habitat restoration, and protection of water quality. Firms like GreenWorks are Salmon-Safe accredited for extensive efforts to halt runoff from entering streams and impacting imperiled salmon through integrated stormwater management.

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GreenWorks and the new Light Rail Route to SW Portland

GreenWorks and the new Light Rail Route to SW Portland

You’ve probably heard planners are considering a new Trimet MAX line to Southwest Portland. The new line, right now known as the Southwest Corridor (SWC) Plan, is in the planning stage. There’s no sure bet the line will happen, as there are many hurdles it’ll need to clear before the project can be completed, but there are lots of people working hard on the design in hopes it will go to construction. GreenWorks Senior Project Manager Jennifer D’Avanzo, as part of the Urban Design Team, has been involved with the project since mid-last year.

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