Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture © 2014
THOMAS HESSEL, LEED AP
ASSOCIATE / PROJECT MANAGER
Tom Hessel has nearly ten years of design, CAD Management, and project management experience within the field of landscape architecture. He has worked on a variety of projects in the United States and abroad, including mixed-use commercial developments, municipal and institutional projects, as well as large-scale and high-end residential projects while employed at Pamela Burton + Co. in Santa Monica. His interest in sustainable design practices led him to pursue accreditation as a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and has worked on many projects as an expert for obtaining the proper qualifying requirements for the landscape design portions. In 2010 he re-joined Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture to pursue a deeper understanding of what it takes to design, detail, manage and construct built environments.
Having grown up in Santa Barbara, Tom spent many days exploring the local mountains, open bluffs and creeks behind his neighborhood which helped him form a deep appreciation for the local flora and fauna at a young age. He was also exposed to a rich tradition of garden design and history which would later prove to be an invaluable resource as he pursued a career and education in Landscape Architecture.
His passion for artistic expression extends beyond landscape into his personal life and some of his interests include photography (architecture, nature, travel, and wedding), custom furniture design and fabrication, general construction, graphic design and communication, and he has been a musician for more than fifteen years. He strives to discover artistic inspiration in all things and believes that art + design is multi-faceted and doesn't start or end in one arena but they are all connected and should all be celebrated and explored.
Beyond design, Tom also has a passion for education and has lectured and taught landscape design, planting design, CAD, Land F/X and 3D design techniques at CAL Poly University, San Luis Obispo, for the Environmental Horticulture department. He has also been a featured expert and speaker on LEED design principles for a SLO Green Build seminar on sustainable design strategies.
Pulling from all his experience he is now focused on landscape architectural design that incorporates ecology, native and drought-tolerant plants, unique use of materials, dynamic hardscapes, water resource management, and sustainable design practices to produce informative, site-specific landscapes. His design sensibility is focused on amplifying the experience and perceptions of exterior space through manipulations of topography, plant materials and built form.
LEED Accredited Professional
California Native Plant Society