Drake has been the owner of Drake’s 7 Dees Landscaping and Garden Center since 1974. Drake is active in both the local and national landscape industry associations. He is Co-founder and past president of the Oregon Landscape Contractors Association. Drake is a Landscape Industry Certified Manager (LICM). This is a designation that less than two […]Read More
I am passionate about art, math, and nature. Where those things connect on a human scale is Landscape Architecture. This provides the foundation for my creative process. More simply stated by prominent Landscape architect Ian McHarg, “Design with Nature”.Read More
Merging a robust architectural skill set with passion for the “outdoor experience” is the impetus behind my pursuit in landscape design & architecture. My foray from architecture to this current position is one I am able to sustain through personal persistence, passion for nature, respect for environmental sustainability, and an underpinning in architectural 3D modeling & rendering.
My ideal landscape design process is a didactic 3D model showing the relationship between outdoor structures, softscape, and lighting; generating a holistic outdoor-living experience. This design process is not a result of 2D studies in plan, rather, cultivated through 3D modeling and spacial experience recognition. A personal goal of mine is researching emerging technologies in 3D modeling & rendering and filtering through the mass of programs to offer the most photorealistic renderings.Read More
I started thinking about studying Architecture because I enjoyed art but wanted to have a tangible career when I was done with school. A family friend offered Landscape Architecture as an alternative, and the thought of working with design but outside made me definitely intrigued. After school, and a few years of struggling in the economy, I moved to Oregon to work in a place where people care about where they live.
Landscape design is a way to help people optimally enjoy their outdoor environments. Using plants, hardscape, and outdoor built elements, can truly transform how a person sees and experiences the outdoors. This has the opportunity to help with relaxation, stress, and family time.Read More