Ready to launch your design skills to a new level? GENESIS offers courses dedicated to advancing your knowledge in everything from basic drawing and computer modeling to advanced water feature design.
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Plan development or design work is a professional service. No matter how small a project is, it starts with a drawing, diagram, sketch, or some representation of the final product and those services have value. This session will walk you through examples of how-to, and what justification is applied, to charge for your plans.
0.1 IACET CEUs
This course examines ways to enhance features in small spaces. Focused for builders and designers who have clientele that want all the amenities of an estate-sized space in their postage stamp yard.
0.2 IACET CEUs
What is the architectural stylistic movement titled “Modernism?” Architect Paul John Boulifard will explore the “how and why” Modernism came into existence and how it has impacted and influenced the way we design and build today. We’ll address the specifics of the architectural movement as it relates to buildings, focusing on the work of a few iconic Architects and Landscape Architects: Richard Neutra, John Lautner, and Thomas Church. Then we will compare and contrast how the landscape elements like vegetation, hard-scape and swimming pools play an important role to defining this trend in design.
0.2 IACET CEUs
This class discuss the types of improvements that homeowners are willing to invest more in, where the details matter and the budgets are larger.
With his finger on the pulse of design trends from iPhones to interior design, Feras Irikat will explain why things look the way they are and how that affects your purchasing decisions at a subconscious level. These trends run across multiple product and project categories including automobiles, tile blends, and how mixing finishes and styles can be done in an eclectic, but tasteful way.
Moyer shares her expertise in lighting to connect several environments (indoor, outdoor, water, etc.) with attention to the multiplicity of needs and dynamics of light throughout the hours, seasons, and years of a project. Learn how landscape spaces change from one view, viewing location, or perspective to another. Control the lighting design to achieve certain effects and get inspired with some photos of beautiful lighting work.
While designing a house, an architect may employ a watershape designer/ contractor, and his design ideas may overflow into the design of the watershape. The architect may give details to be followed in the pool design, or the architect may request that the watershape designer take on the full responsibility of the pool and either deal with the architect or possibly the owner. This seminar will provide insight into working with an architect and concepts to working together.
In our business, drawing is a tool that you must have in order to effectively communicate with your clients. In this course we’ll teach you fundamental sketching, drawing and drafting skills, along with how to read and layout plans. No previous drawing experience needed.
1.6 IACET CEUs
Learn how to go from novice user to a highly skilled developer of professional presentations. The GENESIS 3D Modeling + Presentation Graphics program teaches intermediate users how to:
Pool Studio’s 3D design program can be taken one step further when combined with additional software to create an amazing presentation for your discerning clients. Learn how to go from novice user to a detailed professional presentation. Includes tips and tricks for intermediate users. Using their own laptop computers, students work through a series of instructional exercises and development of a pool project. At this time, Pool Studio can only be utilized on a PC system.
Instructor Jason Brownlee, ASLA, SWD Registered, will review project samples virtually, work with students both one-on-one and by consultation during independent learning. Project time has been incorporated into the 16-hours of education.
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of good design and will teach you how to lay out the different improvements in your projects (e.g. pool, spa, patio, etc). We will break the fundamentals down into two categories: the Elements of Design and the Principles of Design. Once you have a good grasp of the fundamentals, you will learn how to apply them. We will start with short practice exercises and build up to a final project: creating a master plan that includes a pool and spa.
*Virtual Training Information: Additional homework and supplemental studies may be included in the curriculum for students to complete the course.
Do you know how to tell a story in a photo? Can you effectively portray the time, effort, intricate minutiae you invested in a project? In this session, renowned photographer Jimi Smith will begin your introduction to those answers. Smith will discuss the concept of timing photos, examine lighting procedures, identify equipment needs, and address basic pool editing software.
0.1 IACET CEUs
1 PHTA CEUs
All tile vessels are truly works of art. Yet, tile vessels with intricate, patterned designs embedded within take the beautiful to exquisite. As the industry advances, offering unique and challenging designs elevate you and your customers. But have you considered how that design comes from thought to fruition? During this course, you'll hear from tile experts Greg Andrews and Amy Denny on how a simple pattern can turn into your own piece of a Sistine Chapel.
Looking through a magazine of pools, it is easy to find well-conceived plans that failed to unify the design with proper material and color selections. Color is one of our basic means of communication and it influences our emotions so it must be understood and controlled. This program introduces the basic dynamics of color, its principles, fundamentals, its psychology, and how to apply the science to project design.
Studies show that 90% of snap judgments made on products can be based on color alone. Color plays a vital role in the relationship of branding and the perceived appropriateness. GENESIS’s own color extraordinaire, Feras Irikat will take you through variety of research, surveys and reports to provide you the details on how to appropriately color your brand with the personality you want to portray to your customers.
This is an intensive 5-day, 5-evening program that will cover just about all aspects of outdoor lighting. It is learn-by-doing at its finest, led by Moyer and her team of instructors in Albany, NY. The program covers technical subjects such as electrical and heat considerations, as well as equipment details from time clocks and transformers to water-resistance and maintenance.
4.0 IACET CEUs
This program focuses on reviewing both successful and unsuccessful design features of a backyard project. Broken down into the multiple phases, students identify areas of each project and examine how to develop a successful completion of the backyard environment effectively.
This is the most in-depth and practical course on “living” water systems offered anywhere. Presented by Anthony Archer-Wills and David Duensing, two leading experts in the field of natural streams, ponds, Koi ponds, water gardens and the use of natural stone, this program steps through the various technical and artistic considerations of recreating authentic environments that perform as mother nature would. The program includes various construction materials and methods and the subsequent decision process to select the most appropriate for a specific project. Examples of conceptual and construction drawings will be provided.
“The pool is but a mirror, reflecting that which you wish to accentuate beyond it.” As part of the new GENESIS Master Designer Methods series, Bianchi will retrain your thinking of water vessel design. “The pool is often built first in the sequence of outdoor improvements. For the best integration, however, it should actually be designed last.” Bianchi’s method will require students to rethink their design approach, with a landscape-based process that considers the functionality of the entire space first. The course lecture and projects will focus on sightlines, living spaces, traffic flow, spatial considerations, and more.
1.6 IACET CEUs
Understanding the architecture of both built structures and the surrounding landscape will enable watershape designers to coordinate details and relate the water elements back to the surrounding environment in an appropriate way. It is easy to find examples of pools that clearly do not reflect the style of the home. They are usually the result of a production-type builder that is only comfortable replicating the same pool they have built many times. However, when the pool is well-designed to match the home’s architecture, the effect can be breathtaking and add real value to the property. This process can only begin after a basic understanding of architectural styles - the palette from which we draw from. These pools not only reflect the home but also the surrounding landscape.
While creating a new home or renovation, projects may require collaboration between an architect and a pool designer to achieve the client's desired outcome. During this course, Paul John Boulifard, Architect and Jason Brownlee, SWD Registered, ASLA will explain how their relationship has advanced their customer's projects and their professions.
0.1 IACET CEUs
Water features have been a part of the landscape since ancient times. Are you familiar with the world's most famous water features? Can you effectively answer questions from your clients about them? Dive into the world of water history. This course will guide you through the world's most renowned swimming pools and water features from ancient (the world's first known swimming pool), historical (Versailles), to today's contemporary installations (Marina Bay Sands; Amangiri Resort, Utah). We'll identify the who's who of today's most influential water feature designers and why this knowledge is necessary to relate to your clientele. DESIGN 280: History of Pools and Water Features is an SWD core curriculum course meeting the architectural style requirement.
*Virtual Training Information: Additional homework and supplemental studies will be included in the curriculum for students to complete the course.
1.2 IACET CEUs
Composing the scene to be enjoyed as a whole, by night as well as day, is the key to exceptionally designed environments.
0.2 IACET CEUs
Does it ever seem like your customers’ requests are coming from outer space? Are you looking for your crystal ball? Conceptualizing what your client wants and what you can provide can be a challenge. During this session, Kate Wiseman will walk you through her method to "read your client's mind.” With some tips, tricks, questions and observations, Kate will show you how to better understand your client’s needs, minimizing misunderstandings and ultimately resulting in a smoother project.
How well a project can be lit is not limited to the quantity of light fixtures. A proper lighting job takes what it takes. Covering key principles on how to create depth and visual destination, this course is an introduction to the fundamentals of lighting and will provide tools to comprehensively design a great lighting portrait.
0.3 IACET CEUs
3 PHTA CEUs
Through a series of exercises, you will learn how to integrate a manufactured pool into a master plan. You will learn how to quickly render the plan on site and include relevant information so it communicates well to the customer. By being able to show the client exactly what they will be getting, you can eliminate a major obstacle to closing the sale. Give the customer the ability to visualize how the product will fit into their own yard.
0.2 IACET CEUs
Back together again, our GENESIS designer panelists are reuniting for a power panel on the show floor, providing their feedback to the ultimate question, how do you deal with client changes. Providing a client their dream design of an outdoor oasis after hours of interviews and idea gathering can become a challenge if they don’t love it. Dealing with those emotions of changes and modifications can become difficult. Join us for this enlightening session and hear how these industry-leaders rise to the occasion. Gather their tips and tricks along with some humor to take back to your office.
0.2 IACET CEUs
2 PHTA CEUs
Outdoor living is the perfect way to add usable square footage to a home by extending the living spaces outdoors. A well-designed outdoor living room, dining room, or kitchen can add value to a home and add functionality to a backyard. But what does it take to design a beautiful and comfortable outdoor room? We will discuss the elements to take into consideration, with plenty of designer tips and tricks to get your clients living al fresco.
Discussion on methods and practices will help you determine layout and location of site improvements, how to tie the outdoor living spaces together with the water elements on site, as well as the creation of aesthetics and style for outdoor living elements. We will also discuss up-and-coming trends in outdoor living.
Do you wonder what motivates your client’s tastes? Are you answering leads for clients who are willing to spend significant money for a new look? These questions can be answered with a solid understand of outdoor trends. During this session, Kate Wiseman will provide you insight into current outdoor trends, from colors and materials to furniture and layout. This is a must attend session for anyone directly working with clientele and product selection.
Looking to take your color knowledge beyond your eyes. This course is the next step in assessing the world of color. Dive deeper into the world of visual perception and how color psychology affects our thoughts, what are the meanings of color and how does it affect our culture. Expand your painting techniques to train your eye to color and its tone. Students will be required to provide a project and synopsis before class; all projects will be kept anonymous.