Landscape Architecture | University of Florida | 1981
Raymond Jungles, FASLA, is the founder of the Miami-based landscape architecture firm, Raymond Jungles, Inc. (RJI), recognized for excellence in the design and implementation of public and private sector projects. Raymond initiated his lifelong passion for landscape architecture soon after graduating with a degree in landscape architecture, with honors, from the University of Florida in 1981. He founded the firm in 1982. The firm was incorporated in 1985.
Raymond acknowledges Roberto Burle Marx as his mentor, and credits the time spent in the presence of the ‘master’ as having a defining impact on his life’s trajectory. He leads all of RJI’s projects, from their conceptual onset to their final completion. Under his guidance, the studio has overseen the completion of noteworthy projects such as 1111 Lincoln Road, the Brazilian Garden at Naples Botanical Garden, Soho Beach House and the New World Symphony Rooftop Garden.
Raymond was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2006 and he was a speaker at the MoMA’s “Second Wave of Modernism II: Landscape Complexity and Transformation” conference in 2011, curated by The Cultural Landscape Foundation. His work has been celebrated with numerous awards including two National awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects for the Sky Garden and Island Modern residential gardens and forty-eight design awards from the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, including sixteen Awards of Excellence and five Frederic B. Stressau Awards.
Raymond enjoys mentoring his staff of 20+ and promoting the profession of landscape architecture. He has lectured internationally in a diverse array of institutions and universities on the subject of his work and on the work and influences of Roberto Burle Marx.
Widely published, his three monographs; Ten Landscapes, The Colors of Nature, and most recently, The Cultivated Wild, feature more than fifty of his completed gardens.