William Rabben, Principal
William Rabben is an internationally recognized landscape architect and designer with over 35 years of experience. His work has influenced and inspired a wide variety of settings and environments, including the design of campus landscapes, urban park and open space systems, corporate headquarters, themed attractions, resort planning and design, and award-winning gardens, city space and waterfront environments.
Prior to founding Rabben/Herman design office, Bill started his own firm, Office of William Rabben, in 1993. From 1982 to 1991, he was Principal and Design Director for the Southern California office of EDAW, Inc. Before joining EDAW, he was an Associate and Project Designer with the SWA group in their Laguna Beach and Sausalito, California offices. Previous to his affiliation with SWA, Mr. Rabben was a Senior Associate with the firm of Sasaki Associates in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Some of Bill’s most notable projects include the Charleston South Carolina Waterfront Park; the French Connection and Pleasure Island projects at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida; his 15-year association as Campus Landscape Architect at the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian campus in Newport Beach, California; The Culver City and Westlake Village City Hall projects; The Evolution House at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London, England; the Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks, California; landscapes for the Scottsdale Princess Hotel, Scottsdale, Arizona; leading the design of the Asia Pacific Trade Center in Osaka, Japan; planning and design of the Children’s Ministry Center and Student Zone landscape projects on the campus of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.
Daniel Herman, Principal
Daniel Herman was Principal and Vice President of the international firm of EDAW for thirteen years, and was Vice President with Harland Bartholomew & Associates for twelve years, prior to founding Rabben/Herman Design Office. He is trained and licensed as a landscape architect and has developed a broad background in visitor attractions and master planning, with a portfolio of projects completed throughout the world. Project experience includes theme parks, hotels and golf resorts and mixed-use entertainment centers.
Dan’s proudest project accomplishments include, directing all site development for Universal Studio’s Island’s of Adventure theme park in Orlando, Florida, directing the design for Warner Bros. theme park in Madrid Spain, designing the 3000-acre Council Bluff Recreation Area in southern Missouri for the US Forest Service, and leading the Strategic Vision Plan for all of the US Navy Southern Division facilities in the southwestern United States.
Thomas Skinfill, Principal
Thomas Skinfill, Principal, ASLA, is a landscape architect with over 35 years of extensive experience in landscape architecture and urban design. His domestic and international experience includes large scale urban design, resort/hotel, commercial/retail, and high-density residential projects in locales such as England, the Middle East, parts throughout Asia, Australia, Mexico, and the South Pacific Islands, as well as in the United States.
Prior to joining R/Hdo, Thomas was a partner with SLA Studio Land – Irvine, California; the SWA Group, Laguna Beach, California; Media Five Architects, Honolulu, Hawaii; EDAW, Inc., Irvine, California and Peridian Group, Irvine, California.
Thomas’s project experience includes Moody Gardens, Galveston, Texas; Bugis Junction, Singapore; Kuala Lumpur City Center Master Plan, Malaysia -1988-1989; Burj Dubai Master Plan, Dubai; UAE Raffles City Shopping Center, Singapore; West of West Development, Disneyland, Anaheim, California; Disneyland Hotel, Marina Tower Entry and Arrival Court, Disneyland, Anaheim, California; Universal Bali Resort Hotel, Orlando, Florida; Houston Entertainment Center, Houston, Texas and Seacon Square Shopping Center, Bangkok, Thailand.
Tom Jewell, Senior Associate
Tom Jewell is a licensed landscape architect with 25 years of professional experience in the fields of landscape architecture and site planning. His experience includes work in Europe, Asia and on both coasts of the United States. While much of his practice has emphasized the technical aspects, including detailing, grading and constructability of his field; his background also includes preparing both design and construction documents.
Tom has worked on a diverse range of projects, including theme parks, hospitality venues, civic improvements and health care and religious institutions. Additional projects that exemplify his experience include Seuss Landing at Universal’s Island of Adventure theme park in Orlando, Florida; The Crowne Plaza in Garden Grove, California and The Children’s Ministry center for Saddleback Church in Lake Forest California.
Amy Kim, Senior Associate
Amy Kim is a licensed landscape architect and LEED Accredited Professional, with specialization in commercial design and construction. Her involvement with LEED has kept her well-informed with the latest updates, techniques and policies needed to help projects achieve environmental and economic gains. Her project experiences involve both domestic and international installations in the areas of health care, master-planned communities, public improvements, hospitality, religious institutions, high-density residential projects, retail mixed-use and theme park designs. Her extensive background in computer graphics effectively communicates the design intent, while her strong sense of organizational skills allows her to successfully manage the projects to completion.
Her most significant projects include Oasis Senior Center in Newport Beach, California; Hoag Health Centers in California; UCI Medical Center in Orange, California; Novotel Araneta Center in Manila, Philippines; Putrajaya Shopping Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and theme parks in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.