Here are answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about
Ellsworth and Associates, landscape architects, inc. (EALA):
- How long has EALA been in business?
Ellsworth and Associates, landscape architects, inc., founded by John
Ellsworth, has been in business as a Utah registered corporation
since 1988. Before that time, John Ellsworth worked for private
design and planning firms and for state and federal land management
- Does EALA specialize in certain types of projects?
work over the years has primarily included highways, surface mines,
energy, oil and gas, and outdoor recreation development (for example,
golf courses and ski areas). EALA staff are very knowledgeable about
these types of projects. However, we are happy to work on any project
that requires our particular expertise.
- Does EALA work only in the western United States?
Most of EALA's work has been in the western US, however we have strayed
a time or two out of this area. We love to travel, so we don't consider
any place to be outside of our territory!
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- How many of EALA's projects are actually built?
Almost all of them! That is a very satisfying aspect of EALA's work.
On the other hand, our visual simulations are usually based on a
ten to twenty year future condition, so it can be a long time before
the real project starts to look like the visual simulation!
- Does EALA contract independently with clients,
or is your work done as part of a team?
We consider all of our work to be teamwork. Even if it's just
EALA and the client, we put a lot of effort into maintaining
and cooperation every step of the way. Our high rate of return
client business has proven the value of this effort. But to answer
more directly, EALA sometimes contracts independently with
the client and sometimes EALA is a sub-contractor through another
consultant, engineering firm, or other. We are happy to provide
our services under whatever arrangement works best for our client.
- How does EALA charge for services?
Usually, EALA provides a deliverable product, such as a visual analysis
report or visual simulation, at a flat rate plus expenses. We are
open to negotiating other arrangements as may suit our client's needs.
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- Is EALA involved with more traditional landscape
architectural practice, such as site design and planning for parks,
housing or commercial developments, preparation of construction documents,
specializes in visual resource analysis and management
and computer visual simulation on large projects requiring an
(EA) or Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). EALA's
licensed landscape architects will sometimes undertake more traditional
projects, but those areas are not our "bread and
- So, is visual resource analysis and management
and computer visual simulation for EA's and EIS's really "landscape
Technically, you don't have to be a landscape architect to provide
these services. However, we believe that our experience and education
architects in design, graphics, site analysis and
site planning, and construction give us "the edge" in providing
these specialized services.
- Does EALA provide training in visual resource
analysis and computer visual simulation?
Yes, we do. EALA has provided training in the basics of these areas for
many years. EALA's primary clients are the federal land management agencies,
like the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. We have
trained many of the Forest Service landscape architects and almost all
of the landscape architects in the BLM. John Ellsworth actually teaches
a course to BLM employees (not necessarily landscape architects) in basic
computer visual simulation, and he assists the BLM in teaching a course
in their Visual Resource Management program.
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- What qualifications do EALA staff have for conducting
these professional training courses?
Ellsworth has been involved in education
and training at the University level since 1982. He has taught
more than 20 different University
landscape architecture courses. He has
won awards for his work in multi-media training with the BLM
and received similar recognition
for his skills as an educator.
- Do EALA staff offer services as conference speakers
and as expert witnesses?
Yes, we do. John Ellsworth is available for conference presentations
as well as for expert witness testimony
in the areas of visual resource analysis and management and computer
visual simulation. Please contact
us for details.
- It's clear that John Ellsworth plays a major
role in EALA, but who are the "associates"?
John is the President, Senior Landscape Architect, and founder of the
company. EALA employees specialize in visual resource analysis, computer
visual simulation, and landscape architecture. EALA has great relationships
with several sub-contractors who contribute expertise in areas that our
staff don't usually possess (like engineering and soil science).
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- I noticed the "copyright" warning on all EALA
images on this website - how does that work?
The copyright protects the quality of the images, and of course
in so doing protects EALA's reputation and that of our clients.
When EALA provides
high quality visual simulations
to our clients, we usually retain the copyright or share it with
the client. This is similar to standard design
office practice (landscape architects,
architects, engineers) where the original drawings are kept by
the design firm with copies or prints (or
digital files in today's world)
provided to the client at cost. For EALA, image is truly everything,
and this copyright policy serves both EALA
and our clients well.
- Does EALA have brochures or printed materials
about your services?
Yes, EALA can provide information in a variety of formats, from
standard services brochures to customized marketing packages.
We are working
hard, however, to make this
website our major delivery vehicle for information about our
services. So if you have ideas on what to add
here, please let us know!
- Has EALA's work been published in any magazines,
journals, or books that I could review?
Yes, EALA's work has been featured in several national publications.
For example, take
a look at the January 1998 issue of "Landscape Architecture
88, number 1), published
by the American Society
of Landscape Architects
for an article by
Mr. William J. Thompson
for Digital Reality".
Also, "Erosion Control" magazine
featured EALA's work
in an article in
their May/June 1997
issue (volume 4,
Crystal Ball Shows
Finished Look of
Erosion Control Projects
Before the Work Begins".
an article in the
Spring 1994 issue
of "Landscape Journal" (volume
13, number 1) titled "Perceived
Scale Accuracy of
Computer Visual Simulations".
He has written a
chapter on "Design
Principles for Recreating
Visual Quality on
Surface Mined Landscapes" for
the book Environmental
Design for Reclaiming
Edwin Mellen Press,
2001. He is also
the primary author
of a case-studies
chapter titled, "Visualizing
Scenic Resource Impacts:
Mining and Solid
Waste Sanitary Landfill,"
in the book Visualization
in Landscape and
Spon Press, 2005.
John Ellsworth has
given many other
papers and presentations
to professional conferences
- What is EALA's vision of the future (no pun
intended!) for their work?
There are many important environmental issues which must be addressed
as our population expands. Conflicts arise from the increased use of
public lands and development on nearby private lands, especially in
the western states. EALA staff believe that our expertise in analyzing
and managing visual resources provides great value by helping citizens,
planners, and land managers make good decisions. We are highly motivated
to make a positive professional contribution toward the resolution
of these challenging issues.