RAMON IBARLUCEA
Landscape Designer

Education:
University of Rhode Island – Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

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Growing up on Conanicut Island, Ramon developed a fascination with landscapes that exist in the nexus between land and sea.  He received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Rhode Island, where he was heavily involved in studio and research projects that focused on the issues of climate change and sea level rise and the impacts they create in coastal communities.  He worked closely with the University's Marine Affairs program and the Rhode Island Coastal Resource Management Council on developing innovative community-based solutions to protect coastal communities that are most vulnerable to increasingly intense weather events.

Ramon joined the WDA team in 2013 as an intern, then returned in 2014 as a Landscape Designer.  He immediately assumed a leadership role in the development of presentation renderings and graphics for some of WDA's largest projects, including the Apponaug Circulator in Warwick, RI and the Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, MA.  He has contributed to the design development and construction documentation for many other WDA projects, including several single-family residential commissions and small institutional sites, and has been instrumental in the development of WDA's increased web and social media presence.

Prior to joining WDA, Ramon was a gardener at the famous Kinney Azalea Gardens in South Kingstown, RI, where he gained valuable experience learning proper horticultural techniques for native New England landscapes.  Extensive volunteer work, travel, and involvement in design competitions have created influential experiences for him, helping him gain an understanding of the responsibility landscape architects hold in the integration of people, places, and nature.

Ramon's deep appreciation for the natural environment frequently leads him out into the wilderness, and he believes nothing is more humbling than a week long amble through the mountains.

Affiliations-

American Society of Landscape Architects
Sigma Lambda Alpha Honor Society