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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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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

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


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











Biosphere 3D

AVA Orca




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



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







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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