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Ben Bookout

Ben Bookout

Boulder, CO, US

 

About 

Ben Bookout has gained a rich varied experience during his course of study over the last 10 years. His interest in design began when he took a permaculture design course taught by Bill Melvin of Ecoscape Design. During this time he was working in landscape construction with Robert Howard Associates. He became fascinated with the possibilities of closed loop system and their design. He also came to
respect the simple pride in landscape construction, masonry, irrigation, plant selection and planting.
He has multiple experiences abroad in different capacities. He taught English in Chile and Peru. He studied landscape architecture at Lincoln University in Christchurch, New Zealand and University of Colorado. He did well in these programs but yearned for something unique in his graduate studies. Thus, he completed a Masters of Architecture in Spanish at Universidad Catolica de Chile and wrote
a lengthy thesis about Urban Agriculture and its application in the context of Santiago, Chile. His time and studies abroad make him a unique candidate for design positions. He is not the prototypical designer coming out of a masters or undergrad program and he looks at
this as an advantage. He has also gained extensive experience in permaculture design both independently and as a landscape designer for Ecoscape
Environmental Design. He has implemented multiple large scale permaculture/biodynamic farm designs as well as sub-urban and urban scale permaculture and conventional projects. He is well versed in design, project management, budget formation, construction means
and methods and employee management. Again he has a broad a-typical experience profile.
This sort of variation and originality in experience make him a person and designer that has a different point of view. Nowhere is this more valued than in the design industry, where innovative ideas are paramount. He is a firm believer in the road less travelled leading to the ideas unthought or a shortcut to solutions we have not yet considered. He has come to experience and agree with this quote from
the movie 180 degrees south. “The best journeys answer questions that in the beginning you didn’t even think to ask.” As part of your company Ben will be an honest, straight forward person, unafraid to express his ideas and a group member ever respectful of others opinions and ideas, ready to ask deepening questions to understand. He is a native of Boulder, Colorado and studied landscape horticulture at Colorado State University. He has extensive plant knowledge medicinal and xeric understanding. He is an avid rock climber at the moment but switches hobbies often to feed the larger obsession of learning like a vacume. He currently resides in Santiago Chile where his wife is finishing up her degree in Architecture.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Ecoscape Environmental Design, Boulder, CO, US, Landscape Designer

Landscape Design
Proposal Formation
Sales
Office Management
Employee Management
PR
Landscape Construction

Sep 2006 - Jun 2012
 

Peace and Plenty Farm, Hotchkiss, CO., Landscape Designer

Permaculture design and implementation

Sep 2004 - Jun 2005
 

Maximo Nivel, Cusco, PE, English Teacher

English Instruction
Program Sales
Curriculum Formation

Mar 2004 - Sep 2004
 

Robert Howard and Associates, Boulder, CO, US, Landscape Foreman

Employee Management
Irrigation Design
Sales
Budget Formation
Irrigation Installation
Landscape Construction
Masonry

Mar 2002 - Jun 2003
 

Wymdemere Country Club, Naples, FL, US, Assistant Superintendent

Employee Management
Equipment operation
Forestry
Irrigation
Golf Course Management

Mar 2000 - Apr 2001
 

Education 

Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, CL, MArch, Masters of Architecture

Master of Architecture
Masters thesis on Urban Agriculture and its application for urban blight recovery.

Mar 2008 - Jan 2011
 

University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, CO, US, Master Landscape Architecture

Aug 2007 - Jan 2008
 

Lincoln University, Christchurch, NZ, Masters of Landscape Architecture

Jun 2005 - Jul 2006
 

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, US, Bachelors, Landscape Horticulture

Aug 1995 - Dec 1999
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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