Landscape Architect

Name : Erik Knudtson
Industry Type : Architects
City & State : Denver,CO
Job Title Landscape Architect
Relocation Preferences :
Objective :
Resume :  
4326 Federal Boulevard Denver, CO 80211 (720) 490-8083 knud0139[at]umn.edu / eknudt34[at]gmail.com


Achieve a respectful and rewarding career in the professional practices of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design by working
creatively and effectively in a diverse work environment.

8 Years experience in the design/build field of Landscape Architecture
AmeriCorps UCAN Serve Program Volunteer - 2 year contract
Internships with Learning Landscapes, Denver Public Schools, CHDG and RUSSEL+MILLS
Alfred W. Rice Environmental Studies Scholarship
Student Member, American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) - Colorado Chapter - 2007-Present

Photoshop
Illustrator
InDesign
Flash SketchUp
Dream Weaver AutoCAD 2007-2010
Movie Maker
ArchView GIS Powerpoint
Punch!
Drafting
Excel Model Making

University of Colorado Denver Denver, CO


05/2010
05/2010
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
12/2005

Riverbend Park (AmeriCorps) Palisade, CO - Spring 2010
Developed a new park master plan for a small agricultural community situated along the Colorado River that receives and influx of tourists
during summer festivals. Several issues explored were water rights, a fluctuating population, creating a narrative landscape that reflected
the history of the area and engaging conversation with the community about the desires for the park and alternative solutions for the
community.

Recognized various formal, social, economic, and political forces that impact the built environment.
Determined processes and practices that created conceptual, analytical, and formative actions that transformed existing
situations into preferred alternatives.
Identified a design problem within a larger cultural, social and ecological context.
Setup and tested strategies that synthesized my research and contextual processes.
Implemented and demonstrated strategies through physical applications.
Prepared, presented and organized, professional and compelling verbal and visual presentations using appropriate media to
explain complex ideas and concepts.
Developed appropriate process to facilitate community government.
River North (RiNo) partnership with EDAW/AECOM Denver, CO - Fall 2009
Designed a future reality of the River North area, in north-central Denver by creating an identity for the district. This Identity was fostered
by the introduction and reconsideration of certain infrastructures. These infrastructures included material infrastructures, the physical
elements in the urban fabric (environmental,transportation, land-use pattern, water and energy systems) and organizational infrastructures
(economic, interpersonal networks, and social systems). Ultimately integrating the spatial practices of material infrastructures with the
social practices of organizational infrastructures. The final design created an more cohesive, integrated built environment that fused
architecture, landscape and civil engineering.

Became familiar with the language and operations of contemporary Urban Design theory.
Experienced and developed the language and operations of civil engineering, environmental ecologies, land use, and urban
development, real estate financing, and transportation systems.
Identified the relationship between theory and practice
Produced work corroboratively in a team.
Verbally and visually presented ideas to colleagues, design professionals, city planning department, and the RiNo community.
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Canalscapes (AmeriCorps) Phoenix, AZ - Spring 2009
Developed, designed, and presented alternative visions for a unique form of urbanism to be located along the canals of Metro Phoenix.
The existing network of canals created an interesting potential for Canalscapes that potentially cultivate live/work/play environments
along the banks. In conjunction with Dr. Nan Ellin, the director of Urban and Metropolitan studies at the Arizona State Universitys school
of Public Affairs, we were given the task of developing designs for these unique communities situated at the intersections of the canals
and a spectacular desert.

Prepared and provided to the local community a visioning document summarizing strategies and designs for desert urbanism.
Practiced water policy, real estate development, hydrology, and environmental engineering.
Met with community members, artists and designers to share ideas for the future of the canals.
Learning Landscapes (AmeriCorps) Denver, CO - Spring 2009
Created master plans for two elementary school campuses (Amesse + Johnson) in the Denver Public School system that targeted existing
and proposed uses, relationships between uses, programmatic requirements for uses, maintenance, safety issues, and preliminary cost
estimates.

Developed a vision, a set of goals to implement the vision, a program of uses, a spatial relationship diagram and aesthetic
ordering system.
Created schematic design, development drawings, detailed comprehensive master plans, construction documents, and cost
estimates
Conducted student, school faculty, and community meetings, reviews, and presentations during all phases of design.
Collaborated with (DPS) Denver Public Schools and several Landscape Architecture practices in developing construction
documents and implementing design.
Red Rocks Canyon Colorado Springs, CO - Fall 2008
Designed and developed a community resort within a 750 acre parcel of land located near Colorado Springs. Through research, analysis,
and speculation we proposed a range of alternative scenarios and strategies that allowed the site to develop in a direction pursuant of the
goals assigned by the client.

Conducted and investigated site analysis and site context with regards to land use opportunities and constraints
Developed programming for complex needs
Created design strategies and evaluation techniques
Produced site planning and design at the master planning and detail scales
Acquired written, oral, model and graphic communication techniques

Denver, CO Summer, 2009 - Present

Design and implement high end, $50,00-200,000, residential landscapes
Make site visits, establish landscape requirements with clients, and perform site analysis of existing conditions
Prepare preliminary designs and accurate cost estimates
Responsible for all phases of landscape construction and maintenance, including: irrigation, water features, lighting, pavers,
retaining walls, plant identification, reading blue prints, equipment operation, ordering materials, and problem solving
We Landscape Colorado Lakewood, CO Summer, 2008

Developed high end residential landscape designs
Generated sales by obtaining leads from a variety of resources
Made site visits, established landscape requirements with clients, performed site analysis and base development of existing
conditions
Prepared preliminary designs and accurate cost estimates to meet budget requirements
Provided information on product variety, availability and pricing
Scheduled, implemented and supervised all phases of landscape projects
Organized accurate records, for each client for the purpose of applying additional services
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Scapes, LLC Johnstown, CO

Summer, 2006
Responsible for all phases of landscape construction and maintenance, including: Irrigation, water features, lighting, pavers,
retaining walls, plant identification, reading blue prints, equipment operation, ordering materials, and problem solving
Directed landscape/irrigation crew to effectively and efficiently install residential and commercial projects from start to finish
Interpreted and read commercial landscape/irrigation plans
Worked with multiple contractors on residential and commercial job sites to coordinate landscape/irrigation scope of work with
other trades
Scheduled material orders in regards to project phasing
Johnson Landscaping La Crosse, WI Summers, 2005/04

Responsible for effective on site supervision of crew assignments and work completion
Maintained accurate records of crew travel time, equipment hours and installation
Trained crew members proper methods of installation and equipment operation
Prioritized job site routines
Operated safely and efficiently skid-steer, backhoe, and power equipment
Created appropriate plan changes as required and worked with customers to get proper authorization
Terra Design La Crosse, WI Summers, 2003/02

Responsible for all phases of landscape construction and maintenance, including: irrigation, lighting, pavers, plant identification,
reading blue prints, equipment operation, ordering materials, and problem solving

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