Effective design is born from understanding the interactions between spaces and people, the transition of time relative to the structures and individuals that inhabit each space, and the external factors which affect their future. Inspired by those who have come before me, I strive to improve the lives of others by seeking to achieve effective design in every project I undertake.
— Alejandra Feliciano

Academic Projects

Ecological seed mixes for sustainable urban landscapes
PhD research project (currently in progress)

Restorative Landscape Solutions Lectures
Conceptualized and produced lesson plans for sustainable landscape design course
Developed and proctored academic assessments for sustainable landscape design course

Principles Of Landscape Composition Lectures
Developed and delivered lecture on Planting Design
Developed and delivered lecture on Sustainable Landscape Design

Introductory Landscape Graphics Course Development
Conceptualized and produced lesson plans for new digital media curriculum
Developed and proctored academic assessments for new digital media curriculum
Developed and delivered lectures on digital media applications to landscape design
Produced video tutorial series for distance learners

Featured Professional Projects

Principal Financial Group Corporate 2 Streetscape

Designer (schematic design, design development)
Draftsman (construction document modeling & drafting)

Curtiss Hall - Harl Commons Renovation Project
Designer (schematic design, planning, and programming)
Draftsman (construction document modeling & drafting)
Construction Administrator (project management)

Curtiss Hall - Miscellaneous Remodeling projects
Lead Designer (schematic desgin, planning, and programming)
Lead Draftsman (construction documents and specification manual)
Bidding & Contract Negotiation
Lead Construction Administrator
LEED Project Administrator

Curtiss Hall - Student Services Mall project
Designer (Feasibility Study, Masterplanning, Schematic Design)
Draftsman (Construction Documents and materials research)
Construction Administrator
LEED Project Adminstrator

Work Experience

Horticulture Instructor, April 2016 - present, Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood, WA

Landscape Designer, Founder, May 2015 - December 2018, The Zealous Thumb, Snohomish, WA

Plant Propagation Specialist, May 2015 - August 2016, The Daily Plant-It Nursery, Issaquah, WA

Brokered 3D Artist, January 2014 - present, Cornucopia 3D, Beaverton, OR

Teaching Assistant, August 2014 - May 2015, ISU Horticulture Department, Ames , IA

Landscape Designer, May 2014 - August 2014, Genus Landscape Architects, Des Moines, IA

Architectural Designer, May 2007 - November 2013, Architects Smith Metzger, Des Moines, IA

Intern Architect, Spring 2007, DLR Group, Des Moines, IA

Intern Architect, Summer 2006, BSA Life Structures, Indianapolis, IN

Office Assistant, Summer 2004 - Spring 2007, Student Financial Aid Office, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Spring-Summer 2004, Landscape Architecture Department, Iowa State University, Ames, IA


Doctor of Philosophy in Horticulture Washington State University

  • In progress

Master of Science in Horticulture Iowa State University

Bachelor of Architecture, Minor in Digital Media Iowa State University

  • Graduated May 2007

Professional Certifications

LEED Accredited Professional Building Design & Construction (LEED AP BD+C)

WSNLA Certified Professional Horticulturist(CPH)

Completed National Council of Architectural Registration Boards IDP Program

Computer Software Applications

Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, and Premiere CC

Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD, and Showcase

Trimble SketchUp, AR-Media

LumenRT, The Plant Factory, Vue

Microsoft Project, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher

Centric Project, EZ Net Pay

Extracurricular Activities

Introduction to Plant Identification in the Field, March - April 2016

  • Field identification of plant families by floral parts

  • Focus on Pacific Northwest flora

Volunteer - Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, December 2014 - May 2015

  • Conservatory care

  • General Horticulture assistance

  • Riverside Garden care (matrix garden)

Honors & Awards

Washington Department of Agriculture Research Grant

Garden Club of America Scholarship

Master Gardeners of Pierce County Scholarship

WSNLA Scholarship & Research Grant

Edmonds Community College BRAVO Teaching Excellence Award

ISU Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative  Business Plan Competition winner

Mary Amos Horticulture Graduate Scholarship

Robert and Elizabeth Carlson Award for Design Excellence

Wilmer G. Gerlach Scholarship for Academic Achievement

George Washignton Carver Scholarship

Spiros Mentzelopoulos Book Award


Fluent in written and spoken Spanish

Excellent project management and leadership skills

Knowledge of ornamental plant stock identification and culture

Focus on functional ecology and ecological landscape design

Ability to manage a variety of tasks on multiple projects in a detail-oriented manner

Experience in public plaza design

Proficient in written communication; author of The Zealous Thumb blog

Emphasis in digital CAD drafting, 3D modeling, and animation

Rapid prototyping skills in stereolithography,
laser cutting, and three-dimensional milling

Multi-cultural experience


Dr. Ann Marie VanDerZanden

Director for the Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching

Iowa State University

3024 Morrill Hall, Ames, IA 50011



Lisa Orgler


Iowa State University

129 Horticulture Hall, Ames, IA 50011




Kerry Dixon

Facilities Project Manager III

200 General Services Bldg, Ames, IA 50011



Dr. Jeff Iles

Horticulture Department Chair

106 Horticulture Hall, Ames, IA 50011