Rebecca Schwaner came to landscape architecture as a second career to make Los Angeles a more beautiful place to live. As a designer, she is passionately devoted to the field and its focus on creating a positive impact, improving the quality of life in our communities, managing resources and coexisting with our ecology. Her current focus is designing schoolyards using low-impact development and universal access principles. Working with Los Angeles Unified School District, she is replacing asphalt with landscapes that treat stormwater, improve air quality, and enhance educational opportunities at elementary, middle, and high schools. She likes work that takes time and patience, such as Fire Station 29 for LA County, which requested a handsome red, white, and blue plant palette. Rebecca received her Professional Designation Certificate in Landscape Architecture from UCLA Extension where she has also taught for 15 years, been named “Outstanding Instructor” and gets to pass on her love of landscape architecture.