Today we’d like to introduce you to Brooks Crawford.
Hi Brooks, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I studied Architecture in college. Stick a pin in that because it didn’t matter for ten years. In 2014, I married Jennifer Dorta-Duque, daughter of a Cuban immigrant/landscape aficionado. Jennifer found my old design journals from college and gave them to her dad with a look-what-I-found-you-should-hire-this-guy approach. I wanted a new career and Juan needed someone to talk to people. The rest was history.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Smooth in the sense that I love what I do. You know the cliche “when you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.” That’s me. But, I had two great mentors and left both of their companies to ultimately start Brookside. They were disappointed, which hurt. But I must say it was worth it.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Landscape design is an art and I feel seven years in this business has taught me what ultimately drives me: ART. Once I catch myself being automatic about anything, I almost purposely do something unexpected. Hardscape layouts are my passion. From a birdseye view, a landscape design is, to quote Kandinsky, point and line to plane. It’s all about the lines.
Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
First, God gave me everything. He even gave me Jennifer, who had the idea to get me into landscape design. Her father, Juan Dorta-Duque, spent two years devoted to teaching me what he learned in 40 years. You cannot put a price on that. Ryan Prange at Falling Waters Landscape also had an immense impact on me. I am deeply indebted to him.
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