The Power of Simplicity in Landscape Design
Speaker: Mike Pecen & Bobby Eichholz, Rialto Studio

Bobby Eichholz, PLA Principal
The Power of Simplicity in Landscape Design<BR>Speaker: Mike Pecen & Bobby Eichholz, Rialto Studio -
The Power of Simplicity in Landscape Design<BR>Speaker: Mike Pecen & Bobby Eichholz, Rialto Studio -

Session:   The Power of Simplicity in Landscape Design

Thursday, August 5  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM .... CEU: TNLA 1

With a wealth of plants and hardscape materials, designers are tempted to fill landscapes with a few of each—risking busyness, disorder and excessive maintenance. The best designed landscapes often simplify the view and the space. This presentation will explore how to reach simplicity, attaining designs that remain strong over the long term. Discussions will include techniques to apply to plant and material selection. Case studies will show how design principles are applied in practice.

Mike Pecen & Bobby Eichholz,

Rialto Studio - Landscape Architecture

Bobby Eichholz, PLA, Principal at Rialto Studio
Education -- Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Texas A&M University, 1998
Bobby earned a BLA from Texas A&M University in May of 1998. He has been with Rialto Studio since its inception in November of 1998 where he is a Partner of the firm. He is responsible for assisting with the design, documentation, production and implementation of many of the projects constructed in the San Antonio and Houston area. He manages the production teams responsible for documenting the designs, and participates in staffing and project scheduling meetings. Notable projects which Bobby has managed for Rialto include the SBC Center (now AT&T Center); Northrup Hall at Trinity University with Robert A. M. Stern’s New York office; University of Texas Health Science Center’s Administration Building; City of San Antonio Emergency Operations Building; and the Rock Creek community in Cypress, Texas. He is currently responsible for Rialto’s efforts on the ongoing redevelopment of Pearl Brewery and continuing development of the Trinity University campus.He is a professional landscape architect (Texas No. 2206). Bobby is a Member of ASLA since 2003 and has long been active in its state chapter governance, also serving for years on the local ASLA golf tournament organizing committee. Currently, he holds the position of ASLA South Texas Section Chair.

Mike Pecen, PLA ... Project Manager, LEED AP BD+C 

Education -- Bachelor of Arts - Journalism & English, Franklin College, 1994 ... Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Texas at Austin, 2007 

Affiliations -- American Society of Landscape Architects.  Mike is a member of ASLA and a professional landscape architect (Texas No. 2804). 

Contact information: mike@rialtostudio.com

EDUCATION SPONSOR: Landmark Nurseries, Inc.  
Landmark Nurseries is dedicated to continually supplying top quality plant material while maintaining superior customer service. These goals and focus allow Landmark to continue to provide a strong foundation for their continued growth and support of the green industry. In addition to its wholesale locations, Landmark operates four growing facilities located throughout Texas in Edgewood, Grand Saline, Kirbyville, and Round Rock. From annuals, perennials, shrubs, ground cover, to trees, each operation specializes in different aspects of Landmark’s goal to service the green industry as a whole. The farms encompass over 900 acres allowing Landmark to grow quality products while being able to maintain fair pricing.

HISTORY -- Landmark Nurseries, Inc. was founded over 20 years ago by Jim Prewitt. Jim began his landscape career doing jobs for friends and neighbors and soon after opened his first wholesale nursery in Garland, Texas. In 1992, Landmark moved from Garland to Coppell, Texas to set up new corporate headquarters and begin a long term goal of expanding facilities to service landscapers across the state. Since then, four other wholesale distribution locations have been added to major markets in Texas.

Address:     1510 Royston Ln, Round Rock, TX 78664
Email:    jprewitt@landmarknurseries.com    
Contact:   Jim Prewitt
Phone:    (512) 251-9238   FAX:  (512) 251-7117


Landscape Architecture
Rialto Studio is a professional landscape architecture firm based in San Antonio and Austin, Texas. Principals James Gray and Peter Hinton bring over 60 years of combined professional experience to the leadership of the firm, creating a design philosophy and professional practice that is richly steeped in multidisciplinary collaboration. Rialto Studio practices a broad variety of landscape architecture, including projects for cities, universities, and private developers.

Address: 2425 Broadway, Ste 105 San Antonio, TX 78215
Email:  info@rialtostudio.com     Contact:  
Phone:  210.828.1155   FAX:  210.828.1399


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