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  1. 1. Landscapes Designs Phone Webby Perla Arquieta Tel: 310-367-6817 Web: Email: parquieta@verizon.netPortfolioPerla Arquieta ASLA
  2. 2. About me Skills and knowledge • Licensed Landscape Architect 4701 Since 2002 • 2009 Lead in writing The County of Los Angeles Park Design Guidelines approved by County Counsel in 2011 Experienced in • Residential, Commercial, Institutional and Public Park DesignI graduated from the UCLA Extension Landscape Architectural Program in 1998 and received • California Natives and Drought Tolerant Plant Materials, andmy license in Landscape Architecture in 2002. Currently, I am working toward a Masters in Irrigation DesignGreen Building from the San Francisco’s Institute of Architecture. • Environmentally sensitive areas of: Northern and Southern California Coastal Areas, Mulholland View Corridor, and the SantaIn 1994, I began working in the field of Landscape Architecture with Galper/Baldon Associates. Monica MountainsWhile at Galper/Baldon, a large portion of my work was creating conceptual designs for the • Grading and Drainage and Low Impact DevelopmentLos Angeles Unified School District increasing permeable surfaces and greening the school • Working with government agencieslandscapes. Galper/Baldon authored “Steps and Stairways” Rizzoli International, New York1989, and “Reflections on a Pool” Rizzoli International, New York 1997 and had numerous AutoCAD / Power Cad / PhotoShop / Illustrator / InDesign / Sketchupprojects published in Sunset, and Los Angeles Times Magazine. / GIS / Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Project. /. Windows Operating System, Macintosh Operating SystemFrom 1999 to 2005, I worked with Laura Saltzman Associates, and Artecho Architecture andLandscape Architecture. Their projects ranged from commercial, industrial and residentialfrom small lots to 40 acres. While at these firms, I took the opportunity to develop a goodunderstanding of California native plant material, construction technology and emerginggraphic technologies. Both firms have published projects in Sunset, Los Angeles, Houseand Garden and Garden Design magazines.From 2005 to 2007, I performed as the Landscape Studio Project Manager at KAA DesignGroup. My greatest contribution to this firm was my conviction and passion related to thesustainability and health of our landscapes and open space. I took the opportunity to mentorjunior staff and learn from senior staff. KAA is a medium sized multidisciplinary firm, whichpractices architecture, landscape architecture, interior and graphic design. The firms work hasbeen extensively published in professional and shelter publications including, ArchitecturalRecord, Interior Design, Los Angeles Magazine, The Robb Report, Western Interiors, TheWall Street Journal and The New York Times.2007, I received an ASLA Design Honour Award for my contributed in the design of a Personal informationresidential project “Luna Bay”.Currently, I am working for the County of Los Angeles Department of the Parks andRecreation, I the Planning and Development Division. This division is responsible for theArchitectural and Landscape Architectural design and development of Park Projects. I FULL NAME Perla Arquieta ASLAwas the lead designer in the first County owned dog park “Cresenta Valley Dog Park”, the“Willowbrook Walking Path” and Peck Road Water Conservation Park Vision Plan”. ADDRESS 205 Ruth Ave Venice CA 90291I am a member of the America Society of Landscape Architecture and am dedicated toward site“enriching the human spirit through sustainable design”. WEBSITE Visit my web EMAIL PHONE 310-367-6817
  3. 3. Public Projects Project Information Client: County of Los Angeles Project Name: The Willowbrook Walking Path Project Details: Design Features The Willowbrook Walking Path was designed to encourage the community to exercise, the path includes an exercise zone with exercise equipment, a trail head with benches a drink- ing fountain, and a path that runs next to Compton Creek and loops around the block. A rip-rap bio-swale was install on the property line adjacent to walking path along the creek. Above ground the swale is planted with riparian native trees, grasses and lined with rip- rap stone. The rip-rap stone was designed to slow and treat stormwater run-off, prevent erosion and stabilize the slope. The stones are not mortared allowing water to percolate and evaporate. Below the surface we placed manufactured water retention bundles. The water’s flow is directed down the slope over the rip-rap and into the swale, then down into the reten- tion bundles. This design maximizes the percolation, which helps trap pollutants and silt, helps in recharging the ground- water and prevents polluted run-off from entering the creek. The Willowbrook Walking Path bio-swale is designed to; • Filter pollutants by removing heavy metals, suspended solids, oil and grease • Temporarily store runoff water until it infiltrates into the soil, reducing runoff volumes and rates • Recharge groundwater and sustain stream base flows • Reduce thermal pollution. As stormwater washes across impervious surfaces, e.g. hot parking lots in summer. This heated stormwater flows into streams and can then impact fish and other wildlife that depend on cold water streams to live and breed.portfolio
  4. 4. California Sycamore TreeThe California Sycamore (Platanus Rasemosa) is the treethat was selected for the Willowbrook community walkingpath adjacent to the rip-rap bio-swale. This tree is nativeto California and grows along streams and rivers. Thismajestic tree will reach a height of 40 - 75 feet in heightand a spread of 40’ - 70’ at full maturity.The Sycamore’s large branches reach out and up towardthe sun giving it a beautiful sculptural form. Its large,deeply lobed, hand shaped, green leaves change colorduring the fall turning from green to gold and by winter willdrop off. The handsome exfoliating bark on the trunk peelsoff to reveal mottled colors of white, tan, and brown.Thoughout history Sycamores have been greatly valuedfor their wood for making everything from musical instru-ments to cutting boards, the tree also provides nestingsites for birds and food for the larva of the Western TigerSwallowtail Butterfly.Besides providing shade, within their life time these treeswill remove nearly half of their weight in carbon dioxide(CO2)Deer GrassThe grass planted below the California Sycamore is calledDeer Grass (Muhlenbergia rigens) a riparian grass alsonative to much of California. It is perfect for ComptonCreek because it grows naturally on the banks of sea-sonal creeks.The leaves on this beautiful grass will reach 3’ in heightwith 2’ plumes (flowers) rising above the plant, while itsleaves range in color from light silver-green to purple.California natives commonly used this grass for weavingbaskets.In naturalized areas Mule Deer graze on this grass duringfawning season. The deergrass seed provides food formany different bird species and during the winter it hostsmany species of moths, butterflies and ladybugs.Deergrass’s dense stands and extensive roots also actas a biofilter effective for the removal and breakdown ofherbicides, pesticides and particulates found in stormwa-ter run-off.
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  7. 7. Public Projects Project Information Client: County of Los Angeles Project Name: Crescenta Valley Dog Park Project Details: Design Features The off-leash dog park is approximately an acre and a half. One third is dedicated to small dogs, while two thirds provide plenty of running space for large dogs. Six-foot chain-link fences protected the off-leach ar- eas, and both entrances are secure by double gates. These gates are designed to minimize unleashed dog escapes from the park as visitors enter and exist. The entrance locations are far from the activity center of the park where most dogs play, this helps to prevent dogs from gathering at the gate, where dog may be- come territorial. The entrances are paved with concrete, with a path that leads to shaded ADA accessible benches. These benches are strategically located, once there the dog owner can throw a ball or Frisbee without having to move to another area. Permeable decomposed granite paving covers large portions of the open areas for dogs and owners that prefer an even smooth surface to play, this material is permeable, does not absorb water, is easy to clean and requires no water except for a daily wash down. Cedar chips cover the other areas, cedar is non-toxic and repels fleas and flies, and the use of this “built-in” pest control prevents the establishment of flea popula- tion providing a clean and comfortable environment for both dog and owner. Groups of benches placed beneath the canopies of the existing mature Oaks and Sycamores provide plenty of shade for the visitor. While large spaces are kept unobstructed for balls and Frisbee play. A dog wash is available for quick clean-ups and community boards are provided outside of the gated entrances. Drinking fountains for dogs and their owner are located inside each gate for both small and large dog areas. Low water climate appropriate plant material sur- rounds the exterior. An underground drainage system helps in remov- ing the surface stormwater rapidly, at the same time underground water retention devices hold the storm- water until it permeates into the ground resulting in 0% run-off. Solar powered security lighting and irrigation make this site not only the county’s first dog park but also aportfolio sustainably designed dog park.
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  10. 10. Public Projects Project Information Client: County of Los Angeles Project Name: Peck Road Water Conservation Park Vision Plan Project Details: Design Features Peck Road Water Conservation Park Peck Water Conservation Park, located at 5401 Peck Road Arcadia, CA 91006, is a unique 200 acre quarry now serv- ing as a water management & recreation facility. The area consists of two lakes in a figure 8 shape. These lakes are a rich habitat for various birds; the Western Gull, Green Heron, Cooper’s Hawks, Mourning Doves, Northern Mockingbirds, Black Phoebes, Band-tailed Pigeons, and Palm Warbler have all been found here. The Rio Hondo bicycle path begins at the Peck Road Water Conservation Park, about 1/2 mile South of Live Oak Avenue and parallels the Rio Hondo through Los Angeles County. Currently the park amenities include picnic areas, informal open play areas, fishing, walking and bird watching. The Peck Park Vision Plan proposes to restore and enhance 12.5 acres within the Water Conservation Park. This will include recreation and educational opportunities, sustain- able development, habitat restoration, enhanced paved area, interpretive signage and additional amenities. In addition, improved pedestrian and vehicular circulation, meaningful gathering spaces and the opportunity to commune with nature are proposed. This project helps illustrate the new aesthetics of landscape today, defined by a continuously evolving proc- ess of design. This project accepts embraces and protects the unplanned natural environment and will, when complete, become a valuable and remarkable park site for the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation. Objectives: The objective of the park design concept is to create a number of connections. We propose to connect Peck Park: 1. To the community through the addition of a variety of rec- reational activities and educational opportunities. 2. To nature through sustainable development and restoring the habitat with indigenous plant material. 3. To the history of the site by honoring Tongva people through features and interpretive signage. 4. To the network of urban parks linked by trails along the Emerald Necklace through using similar design elements. Site Improvements and amenities are: Entry – The new park entry will provide enhanced park identifi- cation from Peck Road and provide a gateway giving the park a strong sense and of arrival. Site improvements and amenities for this area will include: • New entry vehicular road • New entry tree allee with shrubs and groundcoverportfolio • New irrigation • New entry pedestrian path
  11. 11. • Enhanced paving at park entry and at parking lot entry• New entry monument sign• New ornamental tubular steel vehicular and pedestrian entry fence and gateNative Garden – The new native garden serves the community byproviding examples of drought-tolerant and native plant material.This garden demonstrates the possibility of a harmonious rela-tionship between an urban setting and nature through thoughtfulsustainable design. Site improvements and amenities for this areawill include:• Native garden• New irrigation• Picnic tables and benches• Mulch groundcoverPlaza – The heart and focal point of the park is the new plaza. Atthe center of the space is a peaceful gathering area with built-inseating shaded by a large specimen oak tree. The site improve-ments and amenities for this area will include:• Enhanced paving matching paving at park entry• Turf groundcover• New irrigation• New ADA compliant drinking fountain• Existing restroom upgrade• Built in raised bench• Specimen oak treeMeadow – Peck Water Conservation Park is a unique propertywith a very natural feel located in an urban setting. The develop-ment of the native annual grassland area will enhance the naturalfeel of the park and create a unique educational setting for thehistory of Native American inhabitants along the San GabrielRiver. Site improvements and amenities for this area will include:• Restored habitat of native annual grasses / Temporary Irrigation• Group picnic areas – includes picnic table and benches, on D.G.paving.• Educational discovery nodes –boulders with engraved symbolsand fossils.• Interpretive signage.Viewing Berm – With a simple addition of an accessible pedes-trian path the existing topography offers a great opportunity towatch the collection of wildlife that has made the shores of PeckPark their home. The adjacent development of the native annualgrassland flows into this area continuing the natural feel of thepark Site improvements and amenities for this area will include: • A decomposed granite path and pad.• Additional California Native Trees• Restore Native Annual Grasses• Educational Discovery Nodes – boulder with engraved Tongva petroglyph and fossils.• Interpretive Signage
  12. 12. Project Information Client: County of Los Angeles Project Name: Peck Road Water Conservation Park Parking Lot Project Details: Design Features Peck Road Water Conservation Park Peck Road Water Conservation Park is part of a string of green parks touching the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers, these parks are envisioned as Los Angeles County’s “Emerald Necklace.” A rich habitat of various birds; such as the Western Gull, Green Heron, Cooper’s Hawks, Mourning Doves, Northern Mockingbirds, Black Phoebes, Band-tailed Pigeons, and Palm Warbler are all found here. The Peck Road Water Conservation Park Parking Lot Project proposes to support the health of the neighboring waterways, and natural habitat. Parking lot runoff is a major contributor to non-point source pollution. The proposed parking lot’s design incorporates a variety of environmentally preferable features that greatly mitigate many of the negative impacts of traditional parking lots. The proposed design will decrease the impervious surface area, protect the water quality, and provide shading to reduce the “heat island”, reduce stormwater runoff and increase the aesthetic value. The scope of work includes: • On-site stormwater retention and Low Impact Development (LID) innovative techniques • Permeable pavers • Native and climate appropriate trees and shrubs • Low volume solar powered irrigations system • Educational Interpretive signageportfolio
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  14. 14. Manhatten BeachSingle family residential remodelincludes:• new decomposed granite court- yard• climate appropriate plant mate- rial,• a new sitting area with a fire- bowlAfter the removal of the front andback yard lawn and the new land-scape this client has reduced theirwater bill by 70%.
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  16. 16. Manhatten BeachSingle family residential remodel includes• new pergola,• barbecue,• spa,• deck,• fire table• garden.There are countless ways to remake outdoorspaces into outdoor rooms that enhance theenjoyment of the yard.Adding a fire table, spa and arbor; this familynow makes better use of their outdoor space.This outdoor room can serve multiple purpos-es; from accommodating the occasional partyto daily cooking and relaxing.
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  18. 18. BrentwoodSingle family residential remodelincludes• arbors,• pool,• deck• garden• This garden is a beauty.
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  20. 20. EncinoSingle family residential remodel includes• new arbors,• barbecue,• pool,• deck• garden.• Adding a pool and a barbecue this familynow can really enjoy their outdoor space.