7. Richard Joaquin – Landscape Architect / Associate Designer Breaking Into The Profession – The First Four Years

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Richard Joaquin

Richard Joaquin is an Assoiciate Designer with Jeff Wortham & Associates. He received his BS degree in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California. In this conversation we discuss what it’s like to come out of college during the Great Recession and start your career. We also discuss what he learned in school versus what he has learned working in a design firm, what it’s like to work and go to school, getting licensed as a professional and increasing your value as a designer in the marketplace. This was my opportunity to share the path of a design pro early in their working life. It’s an important time in the career path of any designer. Enjoy!


Show Notes


Richard Joaquin

Associate Designer – Jeff Wortham & Associates

Pleasanton, California





BS Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California


Size of Design Firm: 2-3 designers


Project Types: Mid to High-End Residential Design


Topics we discuss in our conversation:

Working with while going to College

Practical Design

Learning the business side of a design firm

Entering the working world during hard economic times

The value of licensure

Setting yourself apart in the marketplace

Recommended skills to develop for up and coming designers


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