DAVID and AROUNDYOU
I was born and raised in Randle, Washington, a small remote town located within the southern foothills of Mount Rainer and the nearby White Pass Ski Resort. My sense of nature and its design come from my surroundings. The Gifford Pinchot National Forest provided an abundance of activities – hiking, skiing, fishing and camping.
I began my formal education at Washington State University (WSU) as a student in the music program on a full scholarship in piano performance. As many of us do after some personal insight and evaluation I found a calling in the Landscape Architecture Program and received my BSLA in 1982. A Masters of Arts in Architecture and Urban Planning from UCLA followed in 1985.
My work experience since leaving WSU and UCLA has been varied:
-Master Planning; Navel Weapons Support Center, Crane, Indiana; US Department of Defense, Washington, D.C.
-Master Planning and Design Development; International Theme Parks and Resorts; Los Angeles, California
-Private development and estate management consultant; Los Angeles, California
-Historical Ranch restorations; Master Planning and Landscape Design; Hawi, Hawaii
-Various Residential estate renovations; Architecture and Interiors, and Landscape Architecture
I have worked as a private practitioner since 1992. I am the CEO and principal designer of AROUNDYOU, Incorporated. AROUNDYOU is based in Marina del Rey, California, within the greater Los Angeles area.
I am also an instructor at UCLA Extension within the Landscape Architecture Program, and additionally provide learning and guidance at the Children’s Nature Institute in the Los Angeles area.
The mission at AROUNDYOU is to work around you, the client, as the center and focus of our efforts to realize a project that reflects each client’s aesthetics, needs and way of life.
The studio at AROUNDYOU is a full-service, multi-disciplinary studio offering Architectural Design, Interior Design, Master Planning, Solar Planning, and as my speciality, Landscape Architecture and Garden Design. The studio also provides project management services to ensure the successful realization of our plans, designs and specifications. Being well-versed as an expert in these disciplines offers our clients a unique opportunity to create a project of seamless beauty and efficiency.
We embrace unique challenges and learning. Diversity in terms of project type and size, location, as well as clientele is a trademark. Timeless quality, responsibility, team play and trust are a staple. At last count, I have completed over 70 projects ranging from home and office renovations, garden design, swimming pool design and master planning of theme parks and resorts. Project locations include Beverly Hills, California; Hawi, Hawaii; Palm Springs, California; Shelton, Washington; Saint Paul Oregon; New York City, New York; to Breckenridge Colorado. The paramount goal of AROUNDYOU is to understand our clients’ needs and dreams. The result is the creation of the finest sustainable environments, both indoor and outdoor. We work in harmony with our clients and craftsmen to realize a project better than the client could have imagined, with a little magic!
Please visit my website at: AROUNDYOUINC.com