We are honored to work with landscape architects around the world, and we’re constantly learning about their fun and unique projects, obstacles faced and innovative solutions that they create to overcome challenges. That’s why we’ve created this new feature that spotlights professionals. This week, meet Joy Kuebler, owner of Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect, PC.
Q: How long have you been involved in landscape architecture?
A: I’ve been involved in the landscape architecture industry for nearly 20 years. I started my career working for a small firm in Florida, then moved to large multidisciplinary architecture and engineering firms. In 2003, I started my own practice, Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect, PC, which has allowed me to create my own level of service that I can offer to customers.
I’ve worked on many projects from small residential projects to designing entire corporate campuses. No matter what the project, though, I bring an environmental aspect to each and ask myself how I can provide a better quality of life to users. I focus my work on the human experience—from filtering out noise to choosing a calming color palette and creating a space where users can feel comfortable.
Q: What have been some of your favorite projects?
A: Some of my favorite projects have been creating outdoor classrooms at elementary and high school settings. One project in particular that stands out is an urban elementary school for which I created a space for pre-k to second grade kids. I had 11,000 square feet with which to work, and I incorporated mounds, logs, boulders and an existing stream to create six classroom spaces. It became a sort of oasis for these kids as they didn’t have much connection to nature outside of school.
Another space I am proud to have been involved in is a learning courtyard in a high school setting. Within 6,000 square feet, I created a pond, stream, bog, forest and a garden for students. It provided an opportunity for them to be free and relieve the stresses of the day. These kids became truly engaged in the nature around theme, and enjoyed the chance to be outside—whether for relaxation alone, socializing with friends or catching up on homework.
Q: What are some of your personal hobbies?
A: I love to dance tango! I wear a lot of hats—I’m a single mom of two, business owner—and dancing allows me to turn everything off and live in the moment. I started tango dancing because of a Groupon; I began a one-year quest to find a new hobby during which I tried many things. The one that stuck was dancing—it’s one of the most joyous experiences ever! I’ve met lots of diverse friends, and have learned to trust people to lead me and let them into my personal bubble.
Q: You’re active on Twitter; how did you get involved with social media and what do you enjoy about it?
A: My friends first encouraged me to join Facebook and Twitter because they know how social I am and they knew I would love it—and I did. Aside from the social aspect of it, social media allows me to contribute to the profession.
Facebook: I share hands-on content about how a day or project goes as well as public events. It’s an interactive way to show who we are at Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect, PC.
Twitter: I have a direct conversation with the world on Twitter. I have a connection with many people because of Twitter, and have actually even had the opportunity to meet people in person at conferences and professional events.
LinkedIn: This is a powerful tool for me. I have many connections with different groups and choose to participate in community boards, which give me a more global reach.
Learn more about what projects Joy and her team are working on by visiting www.jklastudio.com.