Holiday Office Trip 2018

Every year we try to offer everyone in the office a treat for the Holiday season. Not only are these trips fun but also a great team building event. In past years, we have taken the office to Disneyland, on a cruise to Mexico and trips to Las Vegas. 2018 was no exception…Via Las Vegas! For this occasion the firm flew everyone out to Las Vegas in December and stayed at the Cosmopolitan Casino and Resort. Everyone got their own suite! First order of business was to take a ride on the High Roller! Our holiday dinner together was at Mandalay Bay Resort. Afterwards we all attended a performance of Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson ONE. It was an amazing show and enjoyed by all! The last evening in Las Vegas we all sat around a firepit next to the ice skating rink on the roof of the Cosmo! Plenty of hot drinks and S’Mores' to go around.


Summer Intern: Nick Dufau


At Tatsumi and Partners, we have an annual goal of hiring a student intern during the summer.  These interns are not necessarily students of landscape architecture but from all fields of study.  These interns work side by side with our professional staff in various tasks ranging from design to photography to production in the digital media.

This quarter we are proud to feature one of our former summer interns, Nick Dufau, in our “News” section. 

Each person that interns with us is assigned one major project to complete.  Nick’s assignment was to produce a video about our award-winning Metro “Orange Line” (San Fernando Valley Bus Rapid Transit System) for which we were the Landscape Architects.

The Orange Line was one of the major transportation landscape improvement projects of its time.  This 13-mile transportation project winds through dense urban communities in the San Fernando Valley.  It now transports bus passengers through colorfully landscaped corridors that highlight strands of mature existing trees, drought tolerant and native California plantings, and landscape artwork. 

The Orange Line, which had a $154 million budget, won both the California Transportation Foundation’s “2006 Transportation Project of the Year Award” and the “2006 Project of the Year Award.”

Nick was responsible for the video from its inception to its completion.  His first step was to research the project to understand the design process utilized by our design team.  He interviewed members of the design staff to learn the roles for which each individual was responsible.  He quickly discovered the power of team work and partnering with other engineering/design firms and construction-related organizations. Nick’s goal was to convey this methodology in the video.

In an effort to add a musical soundtrack to the video, Nick quickly found out the restrictions imposed by copyright laws and intellectual property. While originally wanting to use the 1970’s “The Magic Bus” by The Who, he instead coordinated the purchase of commercially available music from the internet.

Nick successfully filmed and edited the video, put the final product on CDs and distributed them to our clients. 

After interning at our office, Nick attended U.C. Berkeley where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He graduated from the University of Chicago Law School and served as a law clerk for Justice Goodwin Liu in the California Supreme Court.  He is now a lawyer in private practice in Los Angeles.

Nick Dufau, an excellent example of Tatsumi and Partners summer interns.

Great work Nick!

Nick Dufau’s Orangeline Video

Policy Shaper: Q&A with David T. Tatsumi, ASLA

David Tatsumi, ASLA

David Tatsumi, ASLA

The American Society of Landscape Architects regularly publishes a on-line newsletter called LAND. This newsletter contains the latest news regarding the profession of landscape architecture, its members and the latest developments and products. In the August 20, 2018 release of this publication, a column Policy Shaper contained a Question and Answer article about David Tatsumi. He is a member of ASLA’s national Public Practice Advisory Committee and was its past Chair.

You can read the article by following this link: