Resume: Brooks R. Kolb, ASLA Principal, Brooks Kolb, LLC, Landscape Architecture


M.L.A. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1979
University College London School of Environmental Studies 1975 1976
B.A. History, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1974
Freshman, American College in Paris, France, 1971 1972


Washington State Licensed Landscape Architect #676, 1996
California State Licensed Landscape Architect #2659, 1986

Role / Experience

Brooks Kolb is a versatile landscape architect and designer with over 25 years experience in master planning and design for parks, university and corporate campuses, roof gardens, memorials and residential gardens. He currently oversees numerous large residential projects under construction in the Puget Sound region. His project management expertise; construction documents, detailing and field experience; illustrative drawing technique and one-on-one communication with residential clients enable him to fully realize his design intentions and ensure the client a well-built project. Brooks provides technical expertise for design teams and is an active partner in facilitating community workshop design efforts.

Brooks has worked on numerous public projects, including several projects with the University of Washington. He served as consultant to the Seattle Parks Department on the Lowman Beach Park Beach Restoration Project.

Seattle Projects

Residential Gardens with Brooks Kolb, LLC; Talley & Kolb, Inc. (1998 2004) and its two predecessor firms from 1994 present. Project Manager/Project Designer for design services from the concept phase through construction on a large variety of residential gardens in Seattle and throughout the Seattle area, including , Kirkland, Redmond, Mercer Island, Edmonds, Tacoma, Sammamish, Issaquah and other municipalities. Projects in Seattle neighborhoods include Laurelhurst, Madison Park, Washington Park, Denny Blaine, Madrona, Queen Anne Hill, Blue Ridge, Ballard, Magnolia and West Seattle.

University of Washington University Community Urban Center Open Space Plan Project Manager, responsible for assisting with public workshops and for leading the neighborhood open space inventory as well as the graphic design and authorship of the final report (1997.)

University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories Master Plan, North Campus Plan and Southwest Campus Public Amenities Plan Project Manager, responsible for site inventory, mapping and analysis, urban design, illustration and rendering, publication design and co-authorship of the final reports as well as assistance at public workshops (1995 -1998.)

University of Washington Showboat Beach Restoration Project Manager/Project Designer for design services through construction, including shoreline permitting and bidding (1994 1996.)

Lowman Beach Park Beach Restoration Project Manager/Project Designer for design services through construction, including participation at public workshops, design development, construction document and bid package preparation, review and response to Seattle Parks Department comments at each phase of the design and construction site observation (1994 1996.)

California Projects

Brooks served as Project Manager and Designer for a diverse array of projects in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1982 through 1994, including IBM Administrative Building 12 in San Jose, 44 Montgomery Roof Garden in San Francisco, the Berkeley Aquatic Park Master Plan and the Oakland Lake Merritt Park Master Plan. He was part of the California-based construction documents team for the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington.

East Coast Projects

As a landscape designer with Hanna/Olin Ltd. (currently the Olin Partnership) from 1979 1981, Brooks served as a design assistant on a number of nationally significant projects, including the first phase of Battery Park City in New York City, Pitney Bowes Headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, and the Sixteenth Street Transitway/Mall in Denver, Colorado.

Publications and Projects in Print

Northwest Landscape Professional Magazine, December 2005 Issue: Projects in Print front cover and p. 12.
Fine Homebuilding Magazine Annual Houses Issue, Summer 2005: New England Style Moves Out West, pp. 79 82.
Fine Homebuilding Magazine, July 2005, Everythings man-made except the water, back cover.
Contributor, Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce Annual Landscape Issue, 2003, 2004 and 2005.
Seattle Times, Landscape Architects, Designers and How to tell the Difference, September 14, 2003, Phil Wood, The Garden Designer Column.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Life and Arts Section, Out go the Lights, August 16, 2003.
Better Homes and Gardens Beautiful New Homes Issue, Winter 2002, Natural Sense, pp. 97-107.

Awards and Activities

President, Friends of Seattles Olmsted Parks, October, 2007 present
Board Member, Friends of Seattles Olmsted Parks, April 2004 present
Instructor, Univ. of Washington Osher Lifelong Learning Center, Winter 2007
Lecturer, Northwest Turf and Landscape Show, Bellevue, December, 2006
Panelist, IPM Green Gardening Workshop, South Seattle Community College, November, 2006
Lecturer, Northwest Flower and Garden Show, Seattle, February, 2006
Lecturer/Instructor, Center for Urban Horticulture, March, 2005
President, American Society of Landscape Architects, Washington Chapter, (WASLA), 2002 2003 (Immediate Past-President, 2004)
Juror, Seattle Department of Transportation Streetside Garden Design Competition, Summer 2004
Participant, Allied Arts Seattle Waterfront Design Charrette, Fall, 2003
Chair, WASLA LARE Seminars, 1998 – 2002
Chairman, Oakland, California Mayors Lake Merritt Area Master Plan Advisory Committee, 1992 1994
Chairman, Oakland Design Advocates, Oakland, CA., 1993 1994
CC/ASLA Honor Award in Communications for Lake Merritt Park Community Assistance Team, 1991
President, ASLA/Northern California Chapter, 1991 1992. (President-Elect 1990 1991 and Vice President 1989 1990)
Chairman and Founder, ASLA/Northern California Chapter Oakland Lake Merritt Park Community Assistance Team, 1987 1992
Editor, ASLA/Northern California Chapter Newsletter, 1987 1990
Faculty Medal in Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, 1979

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