APRIL 2021

Featured Client -
TSK Architects

“It was February 1986; I had just moved to Southern Nevada. The first architect I met while doing landscape design on one of his projects was George Tate. This was the start of a long and successful relationship with Tate & Snyder Architects, then Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects, and now TSK Architects. In 1988 when I started my first landscape architecture company, I was part of the Tate & Snyder Architects team that designed all the high schools in Clark County for the next 20 years. Working with George, Bill, Windom and all the TSK staff over the last 35 years has been a wonderful experience. Great ideas have been shared, unique designs have been created, and many personal friendships have been fostered.” – Stan

“CLV Health & Wellness: Jeni and Liz were a pleasure to work with all the way from the beginning schematic design charrette through the final construction documents. Their design knowledge and enthusiasm made the project easy to work on and helped to create a rich final design.” – Justin

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MARCH 2021

I love this time of year! In the last few days, I was able to move my clock ahead an hour and get my vegetable garden planted. Some of you may not think losing an hour of sleep by moving the clock ahead an hour is a good thing. I look at the bright side of that coin…literally. The benefit of an extra hour of daylight at the end of the day far outweighs the early wakeup call. I also love getting my hands dirty planting my garden in the cool spring air and smelling the rich soil. I could spend hours wandering through the nursery checking out all the different plants. I recently spoke with the director of a psychiatric hospital about the importance of sun, plants, fresh air, and just being outside in helping psychiatric patients cope with the altered reality they sometimes live in and how our design of the exterior space can enhance that experience. I know getting outdoors helps me cope with life. When frustrations build, I go out for a walk and always get a new perspective on things.

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A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet.  He held up a sign which said: "I am blind, please help." There were only a few coins in the hat. A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat.  He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words. Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. 

That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, "Were you the one who changed my sign this morning?  What did you write?" The man said, "I only wrote the truth.  I said what you said but in a different way." I wrote: "Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it." Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?