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Heike Kaiser


born in Winterberg, NRW, Germany


lived, studied & worked in Kassel, Germany

traveled in Europe & Asia

studied in Hamburg, Germany

lived & worked in Tel Aviv, Israel


currently living & working in San Francisco, CA

mail: heike.kaiser(at)


phone:  first write an email

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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LEED Green Associate 
ID #11248087

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

2010 - present

Work experience in brief

since 06 / 2020

Landscape Architectural Associate
San Francisco Department of Public Works


2017 - 2019

Senior landscape designer

HOK Planning team, 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


Landscape consultant - Community Forestry 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, Revit, Civil3D











Biosphere 3D


Adobe CS Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, Connect


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


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



English: Fluent – oral and written

German: Fluent - oral and written

Spanish: Basic – oral and written

Hebrew: Limited working proficiency

Latin: Limited working proficiency



Landscape photography / Sketching

Draught-tolerant plants / Air plants

Interior design / Architecture


Traveling / Hiking / Global cultures

Healthy nutrition / Probiotic cultures

Yoga / TRX / Nordic walking



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







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




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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