We believe that life is too short to spend 40 hours per week of our lives dreading work. Because of this, Tatsumi and Partners tries to make every minute of everyday as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible. This includes creating an office work environment that nurtures camaraderie and friendships as well as a place of team-work and family. Toward these goals, we plan various events and activities that promote relationships and a sense of pride. Our culture also focuses on contributing to our professions as well as to the communities. Toward these goals, David Tatsumi has served on the State of California landscape architecture regulatory board and has represented California’s Board on a national level. The firm has also participated in numerous Career Days and various schools in the Southland.
Events and Activities
We plan activities and events which promote bonding and interaction among our team members. These may be specifically work related but also have absolutely nothing to do with work! Past company trips have included bowling tournaments, basketball games against other firms, trips to Las Vegas and even a cruise trip!
School Career Days
David Tatsumi, founder of Tatsumi and Partners, has participated in many Career Days at various schools around Southern California. Grades range from 3rd grade students to addressing students at California Polytechnic University, Pomona. A fun exercise for the 3rd graders was to take a blank sheet of paper and design what they would like to have in a park. Then they were asked place each item somewhere on the paper. This process made them think about what each item was and what their functional relationship with the other items were. They were quickly able to determine that relationships such as drinking fountains should be close to play structures because they’ll get thirsty by playing on them.
Participation within the Profession
Many students are asked what they would like to do in the profession of landscape architecture. One common career goal is to contribute to back to the profession. David Tatsumi shares this vision and has participated in the profession of landscape architecture in many ways. He served several terms as a member of the regulatory board for landscape architects in the State of California including one term as its Chair. In this capacity, David contributed to regulatory and legislative issues on the state level. Additionally he represented the State of California at numerous meetings of the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB). In addition, David served on various committees for CLARB such as the Landscape Architecture Registration Examination (LARE) development and grading committees. At a more local level, he served the local chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) as its Chapter President in Southern California which represents one of the largest single chapters nationally of ASLA. He is currently serving ASLA on its national Public Practice Committee as a member and former Chair.
David has also had many articles written about him, his vision of the profession and his current practice. He and the firm was also featured on an episode of the PBS program Things Green. He has also given workshop presentations at organizations such as American Society of Landscape Architects and the Project Management Institute, Orange County .