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Benjamin Heller

Benjamin Heller

West Orange, NJ, US

 

About 

The profession of landscape architecture has always been a great passion of mine. I have been fortunate enough to work on a variety of projects ranging from high end residential design, historic garden restoration, and corporate/commerical property masterplanning.

As the profession expands, so too does my skill set as a designer. I have performed a multitude of tasks such as construction documentation drafting, perspective and plan rendering, and construction management. I have an extensive knowledge of computer graphic software such as AutoCAD, the Adobe Creative Suite products, Google Sketchup, ESRI ArcMap, and Rhinoceros.

In addition to my experience as a designer I am also the Vice Chairman of the West Orange Municipal Planning Board. The board is comprised of 11 Mayor appointed professionals from the town and is tasked with adopting and updating the Township Master Plan, the Council On Affordable Housing plan, reviewing site plans, and controlling subdivisions and conditional use applications.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Paul Keyes Landscape Architecture, Tenafly, NJ, US, Mid Level Designer

As a designer with Paul Keyes Landscape Architecture, my work ranges from high end residential garden design to corporate and commercial masterplanning.

My primary responsibilities are conceptual design, construction documentation preparation of submission documents, and construction management.

Jan 2013 - current
 

Davies Associates Landscape Architects, Parsippany, NJ, US, Entry Level Designer

During my time at Davies Associates, I had the opportunity to plan and design land areas for parks, recreational facilities, historic sites, commercial properties, industrial facilities, corporate buildings, healthcare sites, and residential sites.

My primary responsibilities included the preparation of construction drawings and perspective and plan renderings.

May 2010 - Sep 2011
 

Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP, New York, NY, US, Design Intern

As a design intern for an architectural firm, I was fortunate to experience a different side to the design profession. During my internship, I learned a great deal about architecture and the built environment.

May 2009 - Sep 2009
 

Education 

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, US/ Cook College, Bachelors, Landscape Architecture

I am a 2010 graduate of the Rutgers Universtiy Landscape Architecture Program (Bachelor of Science in Environmental Planning and Design with a LAAB Accredited Landscape Architecture option) where I served as a student assistant where I aided students in the AutoCad, Photoshop, and Illustrator classes.

Upon graduation, my class received an NJASLA Merit award in Planning and Analysis for our 2050 master plan of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed (a regional watershed containing 27 municipalities across 5 counties).Shortly after receiving the award, I presented our project at the 2010 NJASLA annual meeting.I later received the NJASLA Past President’s award for my outstanding dedication to the profession.I recently received a 2011 NJASLA Merit award in the ‘Landscape Architecture Communications’ category for my part in the design and construction of a temporary architectural display which was used to present student work at a portfolio night.

Activities and Societies: Kappa Theta Epsilon National Honors Society, Rutgers University Landscape Architecture Club, Rutgers University Touchdown Club, Rutgers University Court Club, Rutgers University Ultimate Frisbee Club

Sep 2006 - May 2009
 

Awards 

(1 of 4 out of 11 national entries) Prince William County, VA 9/11 Memorial Design; 2011-2012, 1st Place

2011
 

NJASLA Past President's Award; 2010, 1st Place

2010
 

NJASLA Merit Award for Communications; 2010, 1st Place

2010
 

2010 NJASLA Meeting - Speaker, Regional Analysis and Planning Studio in Review, 1st Place

2010
 

NJASLA Merit Award for Regional Analysis and Planning; 2009, 1st Place

2009
 

NJDEP 22nd Annual Mapping Competition - First Place; 2009, 1st Place

2009
 

International Cartographic Exhibition Finalist; 2009, 1st Place

2009
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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