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Wed June, 08 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Keynote Speaker Raymond (Ray) Jungles, FASLA, is the founder of the Miami-based landscape architecture firm, Raymond Jungles, Inc. (RJI), recognized for excellence in the design and implementation of public and private sector projects.
Raymond had always imagined a life of being outdoors, a life where he could commune with nature. He wanted to be in a position to preserve and protect existing ecosystems while also evoking human interaction, creating friendships, and improving the lives of others. Raymond pursued this passion through his adolescence and developed it into a career after graduating with a degree in landscape architecture, with honors, from the University of Florida in 1981. He founded the firm in 1982 and it was incorporated as Raymond Jungles, Inc. in 1985. Raymond acknowledges Roberto Burle Marx as his mentor, and credits the time spent in the presence of the ‘master’ as having a defining impact on his life’s trajectory.
Raymond leads all of RJI’s projects, from their conceptual
onset to their final completion. Under his guidance, the studio has overseen the completion of noteworthy projects such as 1111 Lincoln Road, the Brazilian Garden at Naples Botanical Garden, Soho Beach House, and the New World Symphony Rooftop Garden.
Raymond was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2006, and he was a speaker at the MoMA’s “Second Wave of Modernism II: Landscape Complexity and Transformation” conference in 2011, curated by The Cultural Landscape Foundation.
Raymond’s work has been celebrated with numerous awards including two national awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects for the Sky Garden and Island Modern residential gardens and several more from the Society’s Florida Chapter. Raymond enjoys mentoring his staff of 20+ and promoting the profession of landscape architecture. He has lectured internationally in a diverse array of institutions and universities on the subject of his work and on the work and influences of Roberto Burle Marx.
Widely published, his three monographs; Ten Landscapes, The Colors of Nature, and most recently, The Cultivated Wild, feature more than fifty of his completed gardens.