Welcome Ric Hendricks

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Join us in welcoming Ric Hendricks as our Director of Landscape Architecture; we are excited to have him on our team.

Ric comes to Firma Design Group with 16 years of experience in Landscape Architecture in a wide variety of projects.

Mr. Hendrick’s diversity in his landscape architectural career has been a key component in becoming a well-balanced and rounded professional. He has a hands-on approach to directing a project from its beginning through the conceptual and design development process to construction documents and field observation. His project and office management skills incorporate project coordination, quality control, mentoring, client interface, sub-consultant oversight and governmental agency coordination. Ric’s wide range of design experiences includes the public and private sector with an in-depth understanding in the international design world. His work on award winning domestic and international projects encompasses sustainable designs, master planned communities, recreation facilities, streetscapes, commercial/retail, school/institutional, riparian ecosystem restoration, and storm water management.

Mr. Hendricks is a registered landscape architect and a member of the Northern California Chapter of ASLA. In addition, Ric is well versed in the LEED process and is a member and actively involved with the California Park and Recreation Society, and Bay Area Building Industry Association.

School & Community Projects:

• Creekside Elementary School & Sports Field, SRVUSD, Town of    Danville, California
• Twin Creeks Elementary School, SRVUSD, City of San Ramon, California
• Frog Community Park – 10.6 Acres, City of Dublin, California
• The Brickyard at Eastshore State Park, City of Berkeley, California
• Fire Station 36, City of San Ramon, California
• Cytomax Fields (Mustang Soccer Complex) Town of Danville, California

We asked Ric a few questions:

Was there anything specific that led you into Landscape Architecture?

I have always been interested in the outdoors, even from a very young age, but was introduced to the profession of Landscape Architecture by my horticulture teacher in high school. We had a couple of weeks to design a front yard of a residence and she was impressed with my design skills. I had no idea at the time what Landscape Architecture was, but she explained it to me and she felt I would be good at it. I also inherited the analytical and drafting skills from my grandfather; he was an engineer and very disciplined. Although, I never was very good at lettering; this is before CAD when we actually hand lettered.

How Long have you been a professional Landscape Designer?

I actually started in high school; my friend’s father owned some residential properties and I would design and install the landscape. However professionally, I have been practicing for 16 years.

Where did you attend college?

I attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and received a Bachelors in Landscape Architect with a Minor in Geography and Anthropology.

Where did you begin your career?

I started my career with NUVIS Landscape Architecture and Planning in San Ramon, CA. I started as a designer and eventually become a principal and ran the San Ramon office. I spent 12 years with NUVIS and worked both on private and public projects. They included sustainable design, master planned communities, recreation/sports facilities, schools, commercial centers, streetscapes and riparian ecosystem restoration. For the last 6 years with NUVIS, I also had the great experience of working on international projects throughout China.

I not only enjoyed the diversity of the country and people, but also the scope and scale of the projects. I look forward to bringing my experiences to Firma Design Group.

Why did you choose to work for Firma Design Group?

FDG has a great track record of quality projects and I’m very thrilled to be working with our Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering teams to develop and create more exciting projects.

Outside of work, what do you enjoy?

Besides spending time with my wife, I enjoy photography and hiking/camping. I’m also looking forward to getting back into fly fishing.