Steven Reader

Steven Reader

Thalheim bei Wels, AT



Steven Reader is a professional landscape architect and project manager with 22 years experience in the public and private sector. He has almost 10 years experience with California Department of Transportation in highway landscape design and construction, 4 years experience as project manager for a range of highway landscape and mitigation projects, and 8 years experience in finance and administration. He has consistently demonstrated an aptitude for establishing and maintaining positive working relationships and communicating effectively with internal management, staff, control agencies and the public. He has received a number of awards for project delivery and exceptional project and technological achievements.



Landscape Architect Office, Thalheim bei Wels, AT, Senior Landscape Architect

Landscape Design: Prepared and directed preliminary design plans for customer approval, landscape layout, grading, drainage, erosion control, irrigation and planting plans, construction details, specifications and construction oversight for residential, commercial and highway landscapes for 10 years. Expert in government contract process including special provisions for materials, work quality, labor restrictions, advertising, bidding and equal opportunity awards.

Project Management: Skilled in multi-project management, performance management and internal and external coordination. Managed scope, cost and schedule for 40 highway landscape projects for the California Department of Transportation including planting and irrigation projects, planting mitigation, soundwall design, safety roadside rest areas with a value of $59 million. Provided consultant oversight for several new route studies, grading, soundwall and planting design with the Israel Ministry of Transportation. Developed course materials and trained regional management and staff on program management policies, work-plan creation and project management reporting procedures.

Construction Oversight and Maintenance: Provided construction oversight including quality, change order management, design, cost, and milestone review for highway landscape construction for 10 years. Performed and inspected maintenance for highway, commercial and residential landscapes including mowing, pruning, fertilizing, pesticide application and irrigation system repair. Participated on pesticide and roadside management committees including weed abatement, pesticide reduction and erosion control technologies.

Environmental Planning: Coordinated with internal stakeholders and public agencies to plan and implement environmental mitigations. Revised visual standards and native species introduction with the Tahoe Regional Planning agency on the Emerald Bay National Natural Landmark site, studied sand dune restoration and preservation in the City of Monterey, implemented National Environmental Policy Act guidelines and created wetland in Placerville, conducting research on reforestation with the US National Forest in Southern California, organized reforestation in the Negev desert with the Israel Jerusalem National Fund, reintroduced rare native grass species on highways in Northern California and visual analysis expert for the Environmental Impact Statement for the Lincoln Bypass in Placerville.

Technology Integration: Experienced with AutoCAD, Microsoft and Google office suites, project management software, database development, GIS, website design and Photoshop for photo simulations. Planned and directed development of a project tracking and resourcing system which assisted in the management of several government transportation programs involving hundreds of engineers and support staff. Project was awarded by Apple the "Best Enterprise Solution of the Year" and by the Director of Caltrans and District Director for exceptional achievement.
Budget and Administration: Managed a yearly office budget of $3.5 million for international television station including, monthly accounting, management reports and audits. In coordination with executive management, labor attorneys, accountants and security consultants developed financial, human resource and security policies.

Staff Development: Managed recruitment, interviews, equal opportunity hiring, benefits and attendance tracking for a professional and support staff of 36. Planned, directed, and evaluated the activities and performance of professional, analytic and support staff engaged in planning and administrative services in private and government organizations including planning teams in the California Department of Transportation, an administrative team at a major television station and volunteer staff at a large non-profit organization.

Jan 2014 - current


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Pomona, CA, US, Masters, Landscape Architecture

Master of Landscape Architecture
Architecture & Building/ Landscape Architecture/ Sustainable Development

May 1985 - Jun 1988

University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, US, Bachelors, Psychology

Bachelor of Arts Degree Psychology
Social & Behavioural Science/ Psychology/ Child Development

Sep 1979 - Sep 1983

Areas of Specialization