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Landscape Architect, Planner, CAD and Plan Graphics Specialist

Currently providing an out-source solution for those in need of help with planning, landscape design, drafting, document preparation and presentation exhibits.  Continually looking for design jobs or a great fit in the right design and project management position in the Chicago Region.

Design Philosophy:  balance function with the aesthetic, minimize environmental impact, maximize appeal and create a unique sense of place while meeting the needs of the client and community.


Providing Effective and Efficient Solutions to Complex Problems

Feasibility Studies

Land Use Planning

Concept Plan Development

Site Inventory and Analysis

Master Planning

Preliminary Plans and Plats

Landscape Plans

Park Design

CAD Geometry

Presentation Exhibits

Site Plan Renderings

Next career hurdles:  LEED GA examination, Developing 3D Rendering Skills

Approved Projects

Built Projects


John Martin

John is a talented Landscape Architect and Planner as well as a long time friend and mentor.  His gentle good nature and sense of humor kept our team on an even keel when facing challenging deadlines.  I still work with John today...see landscape plans for Village Enclave in South Barrington and plans for a private residence in Evanston (above).

Frank Salathe

Frank is a talented designer, experienced land planner and project manager.  He's a character loaded with charisma and a craftsman who reliably produces hand drafted layouts that are well thought out and spot on!

Jon Nelson

Jon is a former employer and I still handle the technical aspects of his business.  He is a mentor and friend who helped to further develop my keen eye at recognizing relational inefficiencies and pushed me to exhaust design alternatives in order to produce the design with the maximum value to the client and community.

Work experience

Aug 2014Present

Senior Landscape Architect

Gary R. Weber Associates

Land Planning, Site Planning and Concept design and development.  Project director and team leader.

Jan 2010Aug 2014

Independent Consultant

Jeff C Torrens, PLA

Landscape Architecture | Land Planning | CADD Services

  • Developed concept plans for mixed residential and apartment complex projects for JEN Land LLC.
  • Prepared Preliminary and Final Landscape Plans for Dickson Design Studio (, Signature Design Group and John C. Martin, RLA.
  • Retooled past projects in response to today's changing marketplace
  • Coordinated & prepared content and project portfolio images for
Jan 2012Oct 2013

Manager - Shift Lead


  • Manage retail store operations, personnel, merchandising & sales for all departments
  • Supervise, motivate and lead team to improve customer service, maximize sales
  • Direct store opening and closing procedures
  • Control cash and deposits

Land Planner / Project Manager / CAD Manager

JEN Land Design, Inc.

Land Planner:

  • Produced high quality land plans for hundreds of built projects in the Chicago region that are cost-effective, promoted marketability and created memorable places for end users
  • Initiated project feasibility/site capacity studies through comprehensive research and analysis of site constraints, zoning codes & regulations and client and community needs
  • Conceptualized and developed master plans for all housing types in a variety of contexts ranging from small, high density infill/redevelopment projects to large planned developments with multiple land uses
  • Solved planning and landscape issues relating to building orientation, project identity, storm water management, public/private open spaces, amenities, pedestrian/vehicular circulation and much more

 Project Manager:

  • Flushed out issues in advance by preparing land use plans, baseline density studies, sketches and concept plans for initial discussions with community planners and engineers
  • Consolidated the needs of the client, architects, engineering consultants and community representatives to optimize plans and advance projects toward approval
  • Constructed technically accurate CAD base geometrics to accommodate specific products and to serve as base plan images for engineering and landscaping plans
  • Prepared and coordinated submittal of preliminary plans, plats, landscape plans and supporting documents and data to governing bodies

CAD Manager:

  • Converted and modernized office graphics standards to computer based plans, details, and renderings
  • Developed, adapted and maintained standards and procedures
  • Interviewed, trained and supervised CAD technicians
  • Purchased, upgraded and maintained network hardware and software

CAD Technician

R.E. Blattert & Associates

Prepared technical drawings and supporting data for inclusion in compliance reports for an EPA program to remediate sites with leaking underground storage tanks

On the boards...




Iowa State University


Iowa State University


Landscape Design
Plat Preparation
Project Management
Subdivision Design
Freehand Drafting & Rendering
Note:  Freehand drafting - still used regularly during concept development, however marker techniques have been replaced with Photoshop for renderings.
Feasibility / Site Capacity Studies
MS Office - Word / Excel / Outlook
Site Inventory and Analysis
Having all the facts (or as many as possible) is critical to concept development.  Adjacent land uses, natural and cultural resources, topographic information, site access, floodplain, wetlands and setback requirements, soils, utilities, community needs and a variety of other items can all play a role in site design.  Click here to see an example.
I've used AutoCAD since the early days....Release 9 as a student...saw many upgrades R14, 2000i, and maintained a subscription through AutoCAD 2009 and have now reinstated my subscription for 2014.  I have extensive experience drawing plans with technical details and specifications

More Great Planning Projects


Landscape Architect

Illinois Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation