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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Andrew Bowden is currently the Committee Chair and 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, 2019.
David A. Taylor, Jr. is currently the Committee Vice-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. 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.
Patricia Trauth was appointed by Governor Brown on June 5, 2015. She is a Principal Landscape Architect for AECOM and provides landscape architectural services for the southern California region. She joined AECOM in December, 2008 as their first practicing landscape architect in the region. As a registered landscape architect in California, a certified planner and a LEED accredited professional, she has planned and designed numerous public projects throughout San Diego and the Los Angeles basin. Her projects have received awards from organizations including CMAA, ASCE, APWA, ULI, APA and NAVFAC. Ms. Trauth was the President of the San Diego Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects in 2014 and has been actively involved in the organization for a number of years including two terms as Vice President. She has also served on the board of the South County Economic Development Council and remains an active member in the organization and was the Statewide President of California Women in Environmental Design. Ms. Trauth has taught landscape architecture at San Diego State University, the NewSchool of Architecture & Design, and Mesa Community College. Ms. Trauth graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design and a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1979. She has a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona which she acquired in 1987. Her term will expire on June 1, 2018.