Behind the Curtain: Storytelling and Design Process of Residential Landscapes - 1.5 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Recorded On: 10/27/2023

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The opportunity to make shifts in the public's perception of an idealized landscape can often depend upon our ability to connect audiences with a meaningful story of the place. Three leading residential designers explain how their analysis, design, and marketing processes drive design excellence and stewardship of our lands.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how the craft of storytelling is at the center in the design process, as informed by the residential works of three design firms.
  • Explore the use of storytelling in analysis, concept generation, and marketing materials.
  • Leverage the narrative of a project as a way to communicate cohesive design strategies, collaborate with architects, and facilitate decision-making with the client.
  • Learn through case studies how three firms' residential designs respond to unique geographic regions—Intermountain West, Midwest, and East Coast.

Mike Albert, ASLA


Design Workshop, Inc.

Raised on a third-generation ranch, Mike garnered an early and abiding appreciation for natural processes and the enduring qualities of working landscapes. With this guiding foundation, he has steadfastly promoted the idea that landscape architects can harness the power and restorative properties of nature. This conviction, informed by collaboration, has resulted in a profound body of built work with over 50 awards that embraces stewardship, identifies important historic and ecological values, and highlights the vibrancy of the human spirit to create landscapes of meaning and value. Mike holds a MLA from Harvard University, and a BLA from Oklahoma State University.

Wanjing Ji, ASLA

Design Director


Influenced by her own cultural background and travels to different parts of the world, Wanjing is intrigued by the way unique cultures and ecologies shape people’s approach in place-making. Her work experiences range from highly crafted residential gardens to complex international urban open spaces collaborating with big teams. She brings philosophical thinking to projects and believes beauty combined with rich analysis and research leads to meaningful design. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard Graduating School of Design, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Tsinghua University.

Christopher LaGuardia, FASLA


LaGuardia Design Group

For 30 years, Christopher LaGuardia, PLA, FASLA, has been committed to the advancement of landscape architecture on the eastern end of Long Island. In his practice, he integrates the needs and habitat of people with the natural landscape in clear and understandable terms.

Over the years, his award-winning work has garnered local and national recognition. Mr. LaGuardia lectures widely on the social and natural influence of his design, and the profession’s value overall. Most recently, his ongoing relationship with The Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington, D.C., has brought nationwide attention to his work.


Video: Behind the Curtain: Storytelling and Design Process of Residential Landscapes - 1.5 PDH (LA CES/HSW)
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1.50 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
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