Four decades ago our founder, Dick Chaix, established the concept of an independent fountain consultant. He had a genuine interest in exchanging ideas with industry professionals and fostered an educational approach to working with clients. Following this philosophy, CMS offers courses registered with LA CES that are designed to share the technical and aesthetic experience we've gained through 30 years of designing architectural water features.
Our presentations are typically 35 minutes followed by 20 minutes of Q&A, and offer one hour of continuing education credit through either the LA CES or AIA system. They also meet HSW standards. CMS offers two sessions:
· Less is More: The New Aesthetic and Engineering of Green Water Features in Architectural Design
· Natural Water Features – What Are They and Why Should I Care?
Each session provides an in-depth discussion concerning the inclusion of water features in your design by considering factors that advance Sustainable Sites and LEED credits, overall feasibility, budget, safety and maintenance. CMS provides lunch for the attendees and we enjoy brainstorming your designs with you especially as they relate to architectural and environmental concerns, and how the designs might promote LEED and Sustainable Sites points.
Good ReadsThese links and references are intended to provide avenues for information or further study. If you have suggestions for additions or corrections, please email us by
Light and Water  Ando, Tadao.
Life’s Matrix, A Biography of Water Ball, Philip.
Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2000.
Waterscapes – Planning, Building and Designing with Water Drieseitl, Herbert; Dieter Grau, and Karl H.C. Ludwig, ed.
Birkhauser Architectural, 2001.
The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Halprin, Lawrence.
Chronicle Books, 1997.
ProjectsThese links and references are intended to provide avenues for information or further study. If you have suggestions for additions or corrections, please email us by
Boston Fine Arts Museum
Centennial Fountain - Chicago
Children's Museum of Los Angeles
Chinatown Park, Boston
Dallas Museum of Art
Freeway Park Seattle
King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD)
King Abdullah University of Science & Technology
Atelier Dreiseitl Waterscapes
Balmori Associates, Inc.
Bing Thom Architects
Brown, Richardson & Rowe, Inc.
Burns & McDonnell
Burton Landscape Architecture Studio
Carol R. Johnson Associates, Inc.
Childs Bertman Tseckares Inc.
Cope Linder Architects
Crosby Schlessinger Smallridge, LLC
DMJM + Harris, Inc.
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