Personal Statement

I believe that my greatest contribution to my practice has been my vital conviction of the importance of environmental protection and my passion related to the sustainability and health of landscape projects. My current work for the County of Los Angeles Department of the Parks and Recreation includes but not limited to the in-house designs of unique public projects which includes the first County owned Dog Park, Crescenta Valley Dog Park.  I am a member of the America Society of Landscape Architecture and am dedicated toward “elevating the human spirit through sustainable design”.

Summary of qualifications Licensed Landscape Architect 4701 Since 2002

Area of Expertise
  • Residential, Commercial, Institutional and Public Park Design
  • Title 23 Water - the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance
  • California Natives and Drought Tolerant Plant Materials, and Irrigation Design
  • Environmentally sensitive areas of: Northern and Southern California Coastal Areas, Mulholland View Corridor, and the Santa Monica Mountains
  • Grading and Drainage and Low Impact Development
  • Working with government agencies
  • Lead in writing The County of Los Angeles Park Design Guidelines 

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Instructor in the UCLA Landscape Architecture Program

perla arquieta

Instructor Biography: 

Perla Arquieta graduated from the UCLA Extension Landscape Architectural Program in 1998 and received her Landscape Architect’s license in 2002.  From 1999 to 2005 Perla worked as a Landscape Architect Associate with Laura Saltzman Assoc. and Artecho. From 2005 to 2007, she was the Landscape Project Manager at KAA Design Group.   She is currently a Landscape Architect working for the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation.

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Instructor Statement:

The scope of a Landscaped Architect’s work is extremely diverse and challenging. The present generation of Landscape Architects is doing truly innovative and groundbreaking work in the area of sustainable design and I am fortunate to be in this group. Through the understanding of natural landscapes and built environments, as design professionals, we seek to improve our quality of life; and so I have come to enjoy the challenge.The UCLA Extension Landscape Architectural Program has given me an avenue to become a licensed Landscaped Architect and to see my ideas realized. I teach in hopes of encouraging and guiding students toward this wonderfully fulfilling career.” What Students are staying: Perla goes waaaay out of her way to help students get through a very demanding course. Highest marks for her attitude.

             Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects                                                

 US Green Building Council        SITES AP  Credential      Green Associates Credential