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Heike Kaiser

 

born in Winterberg, NRW, Germany
 

lived, studied & worked in Kassel, Germany 2002-2011

studied in Hamburg, Germany 2011-2012

lived & worked in Tel Aviv, Israel 2012-2015
traveled in Europe & Asia

 

lived & worked in San Francisco, CA 2016-2023
traveled in the US & Asia

currently living & working in Berlin, Germany
married & mother of two kids

professional skills

 

> excellent communication skills gained through working in international project groups;

> curiosity, analytical thinking, and problem-solving attitude;

> a customer- and team-oriented working approach;

> profound experience in project management and team organization;

> ability to easily adapt to dynamic environments and differing customer constellations;

> a fast and self-motivated learner;

> a confident, friendly and relaxed character by nature.

 

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certifications

 

06/04/2018
LEED Green Associate 
ID #11248087

U.S. Green Building Council
Green Business Certification Inc.

2010 - present

work experience in brief

since 10 / 2023
Landscape designer & Project manager
Self-employed

2020 - 2023

Landscape Architectural Associate I - Public Service
San Francisco Department of Public Works, Building Design & Construction Division

 

2017 - 2019

Senior landscape designer

HOK Ltd., Planning & Landscape Architecture Section, San Francisco, CA

 

08 / 2017

Landscape designer
Creo Landscape Architecture & Urban Design, San Francisco, CA

 

2016 – 2017    

Plants collections assistant / Gardening team volunteer
San Francisco Botanical Garden Society

 

2012 – 2015 

Landscape designer

Braudo-Maoz Landscape Architecture Ltd., Tel Aviv, Israel

2009                       

Landscape design consultant - Landscape Planning Division

JNF-KKL Land Development Authority of Israel, Northern District

 

2006 – 2008        

Landscape planner

akp_ Urban Planning & Regional Development, Kassel, Germany

 

 

2005 – 2006        Design intern – Gideon Sarig Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning Ltd., Tel Aviv

2004                   Landscape planner - akp_ Urban PLanning & Regional Development, Kassel, Germany

2003 - 2004         Landscape consultant - Entente Florale Competition - Winterberg, Germany

2003 – 2004        Planning intern – akp_ Urban Planning & Regional Development, Kassel, Germany

2003 – 2008        Seasonal gardener – Luetteken Landscape Gardening, Winterberg, Germany

2002                   Gardening intern – Pohlmann Landscape Gardening, Winterberg, Germany

IT skills

 

Autodesk AutoCAD & Civil3D
CS Artisan Landscape
Planting F/X
Lands Design

 

Revit & Environment

VectorWorks
AllPlan

 

SketchUp

Rhino

 

V-Ray

Grasshopper

Lumion

ESRI ArcGIS

QuantumGIS

Biosphere 3D

AVA Orca

Procore

Pathfinder

 

Adobe CS Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, Connect


FreeMind

Cmap Tools

Visual Understanding Environment (VUE)

 

MS Office Word Excel, Powerpoint, Teams, Outlook

BluBleam Revu

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2010 - present

academic experience in brief

2012

Guest lecturer – International Master of Landscape Architecture (IMLA) program  

Nuertingen-Geislingen University, Germany and LE:NOTRE Institute of ECLAS

2010 – 2015

Social media editor – LE:NOTRE Institute 

European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS)

2010 – 2011         

Project coordinator – “EU–Teach” collaborative research project

Kassel University, Germany

2007 – 2011       

Teaching assistant and lecturer – International seminars and workshops 

Kassel University, Germany and LE:NOTRE Institute

languages

 

English: Fluent – oral and written

German: Fluent - oral and written

Spanish: Basic – oral and written

Hebrew: Limited working proficiency

Latin: Limited working proficiency

interests

 

Landscape photography / Sketching

Draught-tolerant plants / Air plants

Interior design / Architecture

 

Traveling / Hiking / Global cultures

Healthy nutrition / Probiotic cultures

Yoga / TRX / Nordic walking

education

 

ETH Zurich, Switzerland -

Urban Research & Design Department with EdX

 

2016 - 2020

Future Cities Certified Online Series

Modules 30 hrs each:
Future Cities; Quality of Life: Livability in Future Cities; Smart Cities; Responsive Cities
GPA: 4.0, 95%, A

Delft University, The Netherlands -

City/Urban, Community & Regional Planning Department with EdX

 

2016 - 2020

Certified Online Courses
Urban Design for the Public Good: Dutch Urbanism (40 hrs)
Water Management and Engineering: Building with Nature (20 hrs)
Sustainable Urban Development (35 hrs)
Rethink the City: New Approaches to Global and Local Urban Challenges (24 hrs)
Models in Architecture (30 hrs)
GPA: 4.0, 95%, A

HafenCIty University Hamburg, Germany -

Urban Design
 

2011 - 2013

Urban Metamorphosis (PhD. Eng. cand.) 

five-year doctorate program, discontinued

Kassel University, Germany -

School of Architecture, Urban & Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture & Landscape Planning

 

2007 - 2010

Landscape Architecture and Planning, Master of Science (MSc.) 

two-year graduate program, completed with honors and written thesis (150p.)

GPA: 4.0 / A+ / 99 pts / German grade: 1.1 
Extracurricular activities: Student and staff representative in the Academic Council

                                         

2002 - 2007            

Landscape Planning, Diploma of Engineering Degree (Dipl.-Ing. / Eng.)

five-year undergraduate program, completed with honors and written thesis (240p.)

GPA: 4.0 / A / 96 pts / German grade: 1.4

Extracurricular activities: Co-Chair in the German Federal Landscape Students Association

 

 

achievements

 

Awards:

 

2019 - First place in the design competition for VISA Global Headquarters, Foster City together with HOK SF Interiors

2018 - First prize in the Architecture of Israel Project of the Year competition,

landscape category: Dead Sea Promenade (ISR)

2015 - First prize in the professional competition for the Rishon LeZion New Media Center (ISR)

2014 - Israeli Association of Builders’ Excellence Award (1st): Porter School of Environmental Studies (ISR)

2014 - Israeli Green Building Diamond and LEED Platinum Certification (92): Porter School of Environmental Studies (ISR)

2012 - Second prize in the Architecture of Israel Project of the Year competition,

landscape category: Porter School and Science Promenade (ISR)

2011  - Digital Landscape Architecture (DLA) Award for Scientific Excellence in Teaching virtual seminars

2007 - Third prize in the student design competition "Red Square" in Friedewald (DE)

2004 - Silver medal in the Entente Florale Competition 2004: Open space concept for the city of Winterberg (DE)

2002 - First prize in the Crafting & Trading Exhibition 2002 Winterberg (DE),

 category: Private garden design

 

Grants:

 

2011  - LE:NOTRE II Travel Grant for Active Members (Munich and Dessau, D; Sheffield, UK)

2010 - LE:NOTRE II Travel Grant for Active Members (Istanbul, TR)

2010 - German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Grant: 
          Partial exemption of student loans (25%) for exceptional performance as a graduate student

2008 - German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Travel Grant (Turkey) 

2005 - Pfeiffer Foundation Travel Grant (Israel)

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