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					                                                 JESSE KENDALL
    123 Elm Street  Tampa, FL 33603  Home: (813) 555-5555  Mobile: (813) 444-4444  Email: jkendall@notmail.com

                                 REGISTERED LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
         Innovative landscape designer and project manager. Expert in the development of design concepts, technical
                            drawings, graphics, and written reports. Core competencies include:

             Design Presentation              Rendering / Computer Graphics            Grading / Draining
             Conceptual Layout                Construction Documents                   Site / Land Planning


                                              PROFESSIONAL HISTORY
ABC Landscape Design, Tampa, FL                                                                           20xx to Present
REGISTERED LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT / PRINCIPLE: Direct project coordination, design development, site / master
planning, planting design, and construction documentation / specifications for residential, commercial, and golf resort
properties. Provide visual analysis, land surveys, and proposal submittal. Develop compelling design package
presentations and ensure excellent client service. Acquired necessary permits through state, county, and local agencies.
NOTABLE PROJECTS:
   BCD Methodist Church, Tampa, FL – Developed landscape for new church addition and upgrades to existing landscape.
    Worked within a limited budget, phasing strategies to contain initial costs. Created maintenance strategies to incorporate
    limited volunteer support as the main maintenance resource.
   CDE Country Club, Tampa, FL – Redesigned the 9th hole for the golf course and renovated the landscape of the historic
    Carriage House. Used photographic visualization used to illustrate the vast potential of the property.
   DEF Residence, Tampa, FL – Helped homeowners to completely redevelop the four-acre site with Japanese and woodland
    gardens. Designed and oversaw the installation of hardscape elements such as a tea house, deck, walls, paving, fountain,
    and fencing. Developed a complex and multifaceted planting scheme.

EFG Landscape Design, Tampa, FL                                                                                 20xx to 20xx
PROJECT MANAGER (19xx to 19xx): Achieved project objectives through effective planning of project activities and leading
project teams from sales phase to implementation Directed all landscape design projects, overseeing contracts, client service,
and proposal development. Led all phases of each project including site analysis, budgeting, staffing, scheduling, procurement,
installation, and quality control.
ASSISTANT LANDSCAPE DESIGNER (20xx to 20xx): Completed assignments with instruction from the Landscape Architect and
Project Manager; ensured full adherence to design integrity and project requirements. Partnered with project teams to provide
effective landscape architectural solutions. Planned work and scheduling throughout all phases of the design process.


                                             EDUCATION & LICENSURE
                      Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture, XYZ University, Miami, FL  20xx
                                       Florida Registered Landscape Architect #####


                                                     AFFILIATIONS
                       Member, American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)  20xx to Present
                      Member, American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA)  20xx to Present


                                                  COMPUTER SKILLS
         AutoCAD; Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and PageMaker; Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint

                             ~ Exceptional Design Portfolio Available Upon Request ~
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