UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Program

Post Graduate Certificate in Landscape Architecture

Sam Hall Kaplan

sam hall kaplan

Instructor Biography:

Forever open to challenges in design and development to test my problem solving skills and make the world more liveable, while as an inveterate storyteller also searching for print and broadcast venues for my particular personal perspectives. Parallel careers as an urban planner and a journalist. Many arrows in my quiver, and many costumes, including an Emmy award winning reporter/ producer for local Fox Television News, design critic for the Los Angeles Times, urban affairs reporter for The New York Times, an editor of The New York Post, contributor to various popular and professional publications, news services and broadcast outlets, including Reuters, NET, NBC, CBS, NPR and the BBC. Founding editor of the East Harlem (NY) Independent. A diversity of professional positions and consultancies in the private and public sectors, (Metro, Disney Imagineering, Howard Hughes, M. Milken, NYC, etc,) assorted academic appointments,(UCLA, USC, CCNY, Art Center etc.), and always open to new challenges, thanks to a longevity gene. And let us not forget fashioning sand castles and acting on 90210, crafting TV docs, design reviews, master plans.

Books: “The Dream Deferred: People, Politics and Planning in Suburbia,” “L.A. Lost and Found,” an architectural history of Los Angeles, “L.A. Follies,” a collection of essays, and co-author of “The New York City Handbook.” Writings have appeared in academic texts, commentaries on the web and wherever.


What Students are saying:

The 2 instructors for this course were Rhett Beavers and Sam Hall Kaplan… I learned a lot from this course and these 2 instructors. Qualities they have that are not always captured by scales and standard questionnaires are – flexibility, grace, generosity, and people management skills. Beavers and Kaplan taught me things beyond what I expected to learn…

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