Craig Nelson

Accomplished landscape architect and instructor

Location
Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area
Industry
Architecture & Planning
Current
  1. Site Architecture
Previous
  1. University of Minnesota,
  2. Damon Farber Associates,
  3. coen+partners
Education
  1. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
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Background

Summary

Enthusiastic, creative, detail oriented, knowledgeable and versatile designer and educator

Accomplished landscape architect and instructor, skilled in developing rapport with colleagues, clients and students, seeking new opportunities in landscape architecture and design, education and public speaking

Specialties:Specialties include Photoshop illustrations, planting plans for residential and commercial projects and garden design, and public presentations.

Experience

Landscape and Site Designer and Educator

Site Architecture
– Present (7 years 8 months)

• Direct landscape design projects, oversee contracts, client service and proposal development
• Lead all phases of landscape design project including site analysis, budgeting, staffing, scheduling, procurement, installation and quality control

• Research, plan, design and advise on the stewardship, conservation and sustainability of development of environment and spaces, both within and beyond the built environment
• Manage and anticipate inherent and unforeseen issues for minimizing risks in site planning.

• Work with community groups, neighborhood and city councils in development of community plans for public green space projects including playgrounds, parks, and streetscape

Adjunct Assistant Professor , University of Minnesota

• Conduct graduate level courses in Landscape Architecture and Urban design
• Prepare and present lectures to students on design practices and design theory

Adjunct Assistant Professor

University of Minnesota
(2 years)

• Conduct graduate level courses in Landscape Architecture and Urban design
• Prepare and present lectures to students on design practices and design theory

Senior Associate

Damon Farber Associates
(7 years 2 months)

• Landscape architect and designer working on residential, commercial and corporate projects
• Work with community groups, neighborhood and city councils in development of community plans for public green space projects including playgrounds, parks, and streetscape

Landscape Designer

coen+partners
(1 year)

Design development of residential master plans and residential landscape design

Landscape Designer

Cuningham Group Architects
(3 years)

• Researched, planned, designed and advised on the stewardship, conservation and sustainability of development of environment and spaces, both within and beyond the built environment
• Managed and anticipated inherent and unforeseen issues for minimizing risks.

Projects

Residential Landscape Design

– Present
Team members:

James Ave Rain Garden

– Present

Skills

  • Landscape Architecture
  • Urban Design
  • Design Research
  • Sustainability
  • Site Planning
  • Parks
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Curb Appeal
  • Gardening
  • Garden Coaching
  • Landscape Design
  • Space planning
  • Planting Plans
  • Urban

Education

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

BLA/ MLA/ BFA, landscape architecture and graphic design

Received BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Senior Thesis "Designing Playgrounds for Preschool Children with Special Needs,
Received BLA from the University of Minnesota with Distinction,
Received MLA from the University of Minnesota, Graduate Thesis "Urban Reclamation, an Environmental and Social Process"

Activities and Societies: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Urban and Residential Design, Graduate Research Assistant on Bicycle Transportation Planning

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