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Duane Border


Instructor Biography:

Duane Border, ASLA, PLA (California license #5810), has over 18 years experience as a design leader of award winning projects and is intent on bringing the art form of landscape design to the forefront of projects in which he works by connecting communities and immersing the audience in the richness and wonder of the natural environment. Duane graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture in 1995 and practiced internationally as senior designer at EDSA, EDAW (now AECOM) and Melendrez prior to opening Duane Border Design.

As the leader of the design studio, Duane Border Design, he brings creative solutions to the design, construction technology, sustainability and economics of each project. Duane shares his dedication to creating interactive landscapes with clients and design consultants, as well as, students in his UCLA Extension design studio courses.

Duane Border is also on the executive board of the Southern California Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and an affiliate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Each of these positions, as well as teaching at UCLA Extension, provides Duane with the opportunity to advocate for the profession and connect to the future of landscape architecture in Southern California and beyond.

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Instructor Statement:

My passion for landscape architecture is rooted in a strong design process that reveals and celebrates three core goals: social responsibility, environmental sensitivity and artistic expression. These touch stones ensure that each design solution is an authentic representation of the communities and environments in which they exist.

In our design studios we work in an abstract, as well as, a concrete vocabulary and draw from the design influences that surround us in our daily lives to articulate and develop solutions that succeed conceptually and functionally.

What Students are saying:

Duane’s desk critiques are the best. He zooms right in and gives really helpful direction which takes my projects to the next level. His diagrams are especially helpful. The information he brings about the projects he’s worked on and his process is highly valuable.

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