The Landscape Architects Technical Committee (LATC) was created pursuant to AB 1546 which became effective January 1, 1998. The Committee was statutorily established under the jurisdiction of the California Architects Board (Board). Its purpose is to act in an advisory capacity to the Board on examination and other matters pertaining to the regulation of the practice of landscape architecture in California.
The five-member committee consists of technical experts who are licensed to practice landscape architecture in this state. Under the provisions of AB 1546, the Governor appoints three of the members, one is appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, and one is appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly.
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David A. Taylor, Jr. is currently the Committee Chair and has been a member of the LATC since his initial appointment by the Senate Rules Committee in June 2008. He has been a licensed landscape architect since 2003. David works as a landscape architect for the City of Chula Vista. His knowledge and skill set come as the result of his design and management of a wide range of projects including master planned developments, parks, playgrounds, and open spaces, single and multi-family residential developments, retail centers, and office campuses. He is a Past President of the San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Past President of the California Council of the American Society of Landscape Architects (CC/ASLA), and is a former member of ASLA's Government Affairs Advisory Committee at the national level. David has previously served as committee member on the City Heights Redevelopment Project Area Committee, and the City Heights Area Planning Committee, and has taught an introductory course in landscape architecture at The New School of Architecture and Design in San Diego. Mr. Taylor received his Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a minor in Fine Art. His term will expire on June 1, 2018.
Katherine Spitz was appointed to the LATC by Governor Brown on June 1, 2012. She has been a licensed landscape architect since 1993 and a licensed architect since 1987. She has served as Principal at Katherine Spitz Associates since 1993. Ms. Spitz was principal at Burton and Spitz Landscape Architecture from 1986 to 1993, and a freelance designer for Appleton and Associates, Levitt Turner, and Studio Works from 1981 to 1983. Her involvement with landscape design and horticulture began in 1974, working with the Barnitz Nursery in Santa Barbara and for the United States Forest Service in the Los Padres National Forest. Since founding her own firm in 1993, she has worked extensively on streetscapes, public/civic projects, institutional and campus landscapes, historic restorations; commercial and residential landscapes. She was a former member of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Ms. Spitz earned a Bachelor of Arts in Painting from University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Masters of Architecture from University of California, Los Angeles. Her term will expire on June 1, 2016.
Andrew Bowden was appointed by Governor Brown on May 24, 2012. He has been a licensed landscape architect since 1979. He previously served as an LATC member from 2007-2010, and served as LATC chair during 2009. Mr. Bowden has worked at Land Concern LTD since 1976, serving as the Principal landscape architect since 2000. His innovative design solutions have been reflected in a variety of noteworthy projects ranging from large-scale master-planned communities, parks, swim/recreation facilities and resort hotels, to high and low density residential neighborhoods and senior housing developments. He has been a contributor to many projects throughout the United States, as well as international projects in Poland, Thailand, Indonesia, and Baja California. He is a past president of the Southern California Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and is a Chapter Trustee for the Southern California Chapter of ASLA. Mr. Bowden is Vice President of Councils for the Building Industry Association of Southern California, and is a Member of the Board of Directors of the California Landscape Architectural Student Scholarship Fund. Mr. Bowden earned an Associate of Science in Nursery and Landscape Technology from San Diego Mesa College in 1974, and received a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 1977. His term will expire on June 1, 2015.
Nicki Johnson Nicki Johnson was appointed to the LATC by Governor Brown on May 24, 2012. Ms. Johnson has been a licensed landscape architect since 2006. She works for Beale Air Force Base in Storm Water and Environmental Compliance. She assisted the California Department of Transportation in Storm Water Design for a year. Ms. Johnson owned her own practice providing residential landscape design and private consulting on a variety of project types for two years, from 2011 to 2012. Prior to that, she worked several years at an engineering firm and five years at a landscape architectural firm. Ms. Johnsonís project experience includes streetscapes, parks, model homes, master planned communities, commercial, office developments, storm water documentation and inspections, and federal and state environmental permitting. She received her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a concentration in Environmental Design. Her term will expire on June 1, 2014.
Stephanie Landregan was appointed to the LATC by the Speaker of the California State Assembly; her second term became effective on June 1, 2006. Ms. Landregan has been a licensed landscape architect since 1995. She is Director of the Landscape Architecture Program at UCLA Extension. Ms. Landregan is active in the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and is Vice President of Government Affairs. Ms. Landregan graduated from the University of Kentucky in Arts and is a graduate of the UCLA Extension Certificate Program in landscape architecture. Her term will expire on June 1, 2014.