Mr. Smith is Chief of the Development Division, Planning and Development Agency, for the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. Jim is a native Angelino, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Geography from CSUN and a Masters Degree in Architecture from UCLA. He is a licensed Architect in California. Mr. Smith is responsible for design, facility planning and water and energy conservation of parks and open space for Los Angeles County, Parks and Recreation. He is part of the County’s Energy users group and Healthy Design Ordinance Workshop Committee. The Development Division is also involved in collaborating with L.A. County Department of Public Works Watershed Division on multi-beneficial projects in regards to open space and water. Mr. Smith represents the Parks Department on the L.A. County Energy and Environmental Task Force which develops county policy on Water Conservation Green House Gas Emission and Energy Conservation. Mr. Smith is a Commissioner on the Burbank Sustainable Commission and a member of the Urban Design and Healthy Community Design subcommittee. Mr. Smith is also an instructor in the UCLA Extension. He has been an instructor in the U.C.L.A. Extension Landscape Architecture Program for 35 years, teaching design courses as well as electives in sustainability and open space, recreation, urban spaces and connectivity master planning and has also been an instructor for the Thesis courses over the years.
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What Students are saying:
I have really enjoyed all of my instructors in the program so far, but Jim Smith is a Rock Star!! He was so inspirational and fostered such a creative environment. He really nurtured our ‘process’.