Work History

Work History
Jul 2012 - Present

Senior Landscape Architect

Strategic Environmental Focus

Lizelle is a Registered Professional Landscape Architect (Pr.LArch) with 12 years work experience. She has been involved in a variety of projects including, commercial, office parks, residential, estate and public open space developments. Master plans and detail layout designs are her major contributions. She is highly skilled in production of high quality presentation documents and marketing material. She has also gained invaluable international experience while practicing in London, UK for a period of 2 years. 

At SEF I offer quality Landscape Architectural Services (Stages 1 – 6), including Concept Development, Development Guidelines, Master Planning, Detail Design, Constructions Documents, Contract Administration and Management Plans. My experience includes Commercial, Office, Residential, Municipal and Educational Facilities. Our objective at SEF is to integrate the surrounding environment and ecological and historical values into the development through creative, innovative and cost effective ways. Specialties: AutoCad draughting skills, Photoshop, Design, graphic design,project cost estimating, contract preparation and contract administration

Mar 2006 - Jun 2012

Intermediate Landscape Architect

Landscape Architects Uys and White

Uys & White Landscape Architects is a large Landscape, Design and Environmental Consultancy, working on national and international areas of landscape architecture. The work conducted includes design and project management of landscape development projects, recreation and sport facilities, open space master and detail planning, environmental management and rehabilitation, etc.

I was employed as a junior Landscape Architect and was promoted to Intermediate Landscape Architect in 2008.

Landscape concept and detail design development: Preparation of preliminary sketches and design details for hardscape and softscape.

Construction detailing, schematic illustrations and presentation of design work to the public, project stakeholder groups and our clients: Coordinate layouts, design, drafting, and specifications.

Reporting to the Directors, I provide cost estimating, detail design services, contract document preparation, tender and contract administration services including inspection and construction management for total project involvement. 

I have been given the opportunity to be in charge of projects from start to finish.

I have worked on several projects with Sustainability as a main objective where we strive to finding creative solutions that are environmentally responsible and technically sound.

Apr 2004 - Mar 2006

Junior Landscape Architect

Chris Blandford Associates

Production of plans and illustrations using computer based graphic applications including

AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop and CorelDraw in support of a multi-disciplinary team of

environmental and landscape architects. I was heavily involved in the Crossrail Line 1

Scheme, as Technical Co-ordinator and Environmental Assistant.

I worked on Heritage Lottery Fund projects with the main objective of restoration of existing

Public Parks. This included Concept, Master- and Detail planning/design.

Please refer to Projects List for more information.

Reason for leaving: UK 2 year working holiday expired

Nov 2001 - Feb 2004

Junior Landscape Architect and General Assistant

Bokamoso Landscape Architects and Environmental Consultants

I gained valuable experience from working alongside the Director of Bokamoso. I learned to cope with a large workload and to take on many responsibilities. I acquired experience on site, working with the landscapers implementing from small-scale projects to large housing development contracts. Through this I extended my plant knowledge. I have experience in designing gardens, parks and communal landscapes in Housing developments.

I also have experience in assessing and writing Environmental Scoping Reports and Environmental Management Plans for a wide range of different proposed developments like roads, Mixed Use Developments, Housing Developments, Sewer lines, Reservoirs, etc. I have been involved in the total process of getting projects approved by local and regional authorities like the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality (CTMM) and Gauteng department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment (GDACE).Please refer to Projects List for more information.

Reason for leaving: Opportunity to work in UK.

Education

Education
Jan 1998 - Nov 2001

Bachelors in Landscape Architecture (BL)

University of Pretoria

Work published in “Voortrekker Monument – Proposals for a Hiking And Biking Route System” (August 2000)

Received a Merit award for the Landscape Design for the “Identitymaking Competition” of the Centurion City Gateway. (October 2000)

1993 - 1997

Centurion Hoërskool (High School)

English (Second Language) -A, Geography -B, Biology - C, Afrikaans (First Language) - C, Maths - C, Science - C.

Prize for best in class - Geography (1997) and Prize for Diligence (1997)

Skills

Skills

Microsoft programmes

Microsoft Word, Outlook, Powerpoint, Excel.

Sketchup

Adobe Photoshop

AutoCad

Summary

I believe that I was meant to be a landscape architect and that my personal traits are well suited for this profession. 

I was very privileged to be able to go to the UK for a 2 year working holiday.  There I learnt so much - not only about the profession, but also about life.  It gave me the determination to build on this career and to become better at what I do.

I see so much potential for this profession in South Africa when I look at what well-known profession it is in other countries like Canada, USA and the UK.  With the added value of Green Star Rating, we can do work of international standards.

It is with that in mind that I strive to get my Green Star SA accreditation.

Another VERY Important job of mine is being a mother of a 2 year-old boy.  And I love it!

Some of my work