Michael KurasMichael Kuras
Landscape Designer

LANDSCAPE EXPERIENCE

Michael was General Manager and lead Landscape Designer for Gold Coast Nursery and Landscape (GCNL) in Delray Beach, Florida, an upscale, full service container, field and retail nursery. GCNL provided landscape design, installation and maintenance services for residential and commercial clients specializing in water and oceanfront estates. He is a native Floridian, second generation Florida landscape designer and served as Chairman of several HOA landscape committees in Florida and Georgia. Michael has consulted and crafted design proposals for residential, commercial and institutional projects throughout the Southeastern United States and the Bahamas. His passion is design with a focus on aesthetics and sustainable ecologies utilizing native plants and incorporating economically and environmentally friendly materials and methods.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE SUMMARY

  • Horticultural Courses, Broward College, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  • Horticultural Courses and Seminars, University of Florida Extension
  • Horticultural Courses and Seminars, University of Georgia Extension
  • International Society of Arboriculture Trees Symposium, University of South Florida
  • Sustainable Landscapes Professional Workshops, University of Texas (Scholarship)
  • Master of Landscape Architecture, Auburn University (50 Semester Hours)
  • Master of Global Sustainability (Green Design focus) University of South Florida

CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • FNGA – Florida Certified Nursery Professional (Landscape Design)
  • University of Georgia – Georgia Certified Landscape Professional
  • UF-IFAS – Florida Friendly Landscaping™
  • Florida Green Industries – Best Management Practices
  • Florida Water Star℠ Accredited Landscape Professional
  • Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection – Stormwater Erosion Sedimentation Inspector

    Member—

    • Florida Native Plant Society
    • Florida Association of Native Nurseries
    • Fairchild Tropical Garden, Miami, Florida (Past)
    • South Florida Orchid Society (Past)
    • Atlanta Botanical Garden (Past)
    • American Society of Landscape Architects- Auburn University
    • Urban Land Institute
    • United States Green Building Council- LEED Green Associate