Roby Snow is a registered Landscape Architect with twenty years of experience in ecologically sensitive, place conscious landscape architecture and urban design. He has been involved in a broad spectrum of both public and private sector projects throughout the Southwest United States and Hawaii including large master planned communities, resort developments, parks and recreational facilities, golf courses, educational facilities, commercial centers, and high end residential estates. His experience encompasses the full scope of responsibilities within complex planning and design projects including marketing and client acquisition, multi-disciplinary team building, project management, imaginative design solutions, illustrative graphics, construction document production and installation management with an emphasis on native landscape / habitat restoration.
Feb 2013 - Present
The LA Studio
Senior Designer and Project Manager on a diverse portfolio of projects including Resort / Hospitality, high density mixed-use urban in fill and redevelopment, Highway corridors and parks / open space projects in the Pacific Northwest.
Feb 2009 - Present
Habitat Collaborative - Landscape Architecture / Urban Design
Environmentally conscious Landscape Architecture and Organizational Management services for private land owners and non-profit organizations.Ecological design consulting, mentoring and instructional services for sustainability centric non-profit organizations.
Slide Ranch – Muir Beach, California 2012 - Site planning, design and construction management
Regenerative Design Institute - Bolinas, California 2011 - Coordinate overall site design and aesthetic improvements.
Solar Living Institute - Ukia, California 2010 - Managed daily responsibilities for site design / construction improvements using eco-friendly sustainable practices.
2005 - 2009
Landscape & Open Space Project Manager
Directed the design and construction management of over 20 million dollars of proposed common area landscape improvements for this 1000 Acre Residential Resort Community. Projects included the environmental assessment and improvement plans for a 5 acre coastal landscape / habitat restoration project, an environmental management plan for 32 acres of archeological and biological preserves, the landscape envelope and lakes for a Tom Weiskopf designed golf course, custom residential parcel common area amenities, primary community entry and boulevard landscape improvements, a 20 acre multi-purpose community park and a 5 acre organic farm.
Position requirements included consultant team coordination, schematic design, material procurement, quality assurance, preparation of bid package documents, management of construction budgets and schedules, construction observation and presentation to public regulatory agencies.
1999 - 2005
Senior Project Manager
Vollmer & Associates
Silverleaf at DC Ranch, DMB – Collaborated heavily as a key member of the design consultant team overseeing the sensitive development of twenty custom hillside residential parcels within the extremely challenging slopes of Scottsdale’s highly visible McDowell Mountains. Responsible for the Project Management of services included environmental site planning, coordination of civil engineering and utility improvements, client presentations and graphic communication, municipal approvals, budget analysis, detail landscape architecture and installation management. (website: www.dmbinc.com)
Sun City Festival – Responsible for the Project Management and design team coordination for Pulte Home’s 3,500 acre latest addition to their family of Sun City active adult planned communities.Tasks include development of the community’s overall thematic character, parcel entry feature and perimeter wall design, detailed landscape design for parcels, parkways, pocket parks and open space system and a 2.5 million dollar multi use 10 acre community park nursery contract grow coordination, dry utility design coordination, budget analysis and construction documents. (website: www.pulte.com)
Estrella Mountain Ranch Sales and Recreation Center - Project Management and Landscape Architecture for three million dollars of site improvements for Estrella’s new lake side marketing and recreational facility.. Site amenities for this country club atmosphere include a 12,000 s..f. pool and water park, a teen rec. center and play courts, passive courtyards, dinning terraces and wedding lawns. (website: www.estrella.com)
1996 - 1999
Bowden Design Group
DC Ranch Master Planned Community, DMB - This unique project is located in a pristine Sonoran Desert setting at the base of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, Arizona. Roby was responsible for preparing much of the1,200 acre first phase landscape construction documents and overseeing construction of the common area improvements including streetscapes, path and trail systems, pedestrian underpasses, thematic walls, parcel entry features, irrigation lakes, pocket parks and residential parcel improvements. (website:www.dmbinc.com)Dorrance Residence - Provided detailed design and construction observation for Bennett Dorrance’s residential compound on Camelback Mountain. Plans for over 2 million dollars of site improvements included extensive site-grading and terracing of thematic stone retaining walls, imported stone driveways & paths and a colorful cascading riparian water garden.Over 200 mature trees were planted within shaded motor courts, passive courtyards, terraced citrus orchards and to reinforce panoramic views from the open lawn areas of this luxurious five acre estate.
1995 - 1996
The Falls at Tapatio Cliffs, - Provided conceptual design and design development services for this resort’s three acre, six million dollar water-based recreational amenity. Collaborated with Larson Themed Construction on overall concept to redevelop two tennis courts and a parking lot into a rich Arizona riparian environment with themed pools, streams and extensive waterfall elements combined with outside dining patios and specialty retail.
1991 - 1995
Rancho Del Rio Streetscape Master Plan - Developed streetscape concepts for this five hundred acre golf course community overlooking the Colorado River in Laughlin, Arizona. Plans evoke the character of an historic Arizona riverside ranch with formalized entrances contrasted with the context of dry slopes and restored native desert. Regional ranch motifs and rustic materials capture a rugged old-west feeling
Rancho Del Rio - Responsible for concept development and working drawings for the golf course landscape envelope. This effluent-Irrigated golf course follows the deeply cut arroyos of the dry Mojave Desert ridges overlooking the Colorado River. The landscape envelope attempts to create a brief, but critical transition to give the course the character of a natural canyon oasis that appears to belong in its parched desert setting.
Bullhead / Laughlin Airport Entry - Prepared schematic design and construction documents for this campus-style regional airport entrance. Expressive monument signage, specialty paving inlays and colorful, layered desert foliage create a festive aerial landmark for appropriate celebration of this key urban crossroads.
1990 - 1991
Desert Foothills Estates - Prepared landscape design and construction documents for three miles of streetscapes including primary village entry monuments, signage and lighting. Performed commercial and residential parcel site planning for this five hundred acre mixed use development.
Interstate 10, Central Phoenix - Completed landscape working drawings for this key urban transportation corridor.A strong architectural planting scheme frames and reflects the tapestry of Indian motifs embossed on imposing noise abatement walls along adjacent neighborhoods.
1987 - 1990
Summerlin Planned Community - Responsible for the production of six miles of low-water use streetscapes and ten residential entry features in Howard Hughes Properties “showpiece” development. Produced community land use planning documents and parcel lotting plans articulated in village design concept plans that provided the guiding framework for the development of each village within the community.
Estrella Mountain Ranch Planned Community - Work included the production of community land planning documents, landscape construction documents and extensive field construction administration. Landscape working drawings were prepared to guide a field operation including the installation of approximately 10,000 trees along ten miles of roadways and within eighty acres of community parks.
Sunrise Ski Area - Services included extensive site analysis and site plans for this proposed destination resort including new ski trails, a base lodge resort, cabins, camp-sites and recreation facilities with horseback riding, golf, tennis, and sailing. The projects focus was to increase the tribe’s revenue but protect its natural resources through well planned sustainable development..
Bachelor of Science
Award of Merit Landscape Architecture
NCAA Springboard Diving Scholarship