education and events

Design Courses

Ready to launch your design skills to a new level? GENESIS offers courses dedicated to advancing your knowledge in everything from basic drawing and computer modeling to advanced water feature design.

In-Person

In-person courses include PHTA-hosted events as well as industry conferences and tradeshows.

CBP

November 13-14
PSP/Deck Expo
Las Vegas, NV
16 hours | 1.6 IACET CEUs | 16 PHTA CEUs
$1,790 PHTA Member / $2,290 Non-member

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In our business, drawing is a tool that you must have in order to effectively communicate with your clients. In this course, we'll teach you fundamental sketching, drawing, and drafting skills, along with how to read and layout plans. No previous drawing experience needed.

This is a required course to become a Certified Expert Pool Builder and Design Professional.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the basic types of drawings: elevation, section, and plan
  • Demonstrate how to draw, not for beauty, but as a communication tool
  • Examine the common terms, symbols, and methods used by professional designers and architects

Instructor: Andy Kaner, MLA

CBP

November 13-14
PSP/Deck Expo
Las Vegas, NV
16 hours | 1.6 IACET CEUs | 16 PHTA CEUs
$1,790 PHTA Member / $2,290 Non-member

Register

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of good design and will teach you how to lay out the different improvements in your projects (e.g. pool, spa, patio, etc.). We will break the fundamentals down into two categories: the Elements of Design and the Principles of Design. Once you have a good grasp of the fundamentals, you will learn how to apply them. We will start with short practice exercises and build up to a final project: creating a master plan that includes a pool and spa.

This is a required course to become a Certified Expert Pool Builder and Design Professional.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss fundamental Elements (e.g., line, color, and form) and Principles (e.g., unity, balance, and scale) of design
  • Define perceptual skills and a better understanding of spatial organization and spatial relationships
  • Use these concepts to design beautiful spaces that connect with the surrounding environment
  • Use your communication skills to accurately portray your design intent to the client

Instructor: Jason Brownlee, ASLA, Master CBP

CBP

November 13-14
PSP/Deck Expo
Las Vegas, NV
16 hours | 1.6 IACET CEUs | 16 PHTA CEUs
$1,790 PHTA Member / $2,290 Non-member

Register

"The pool is but a mirror, reflecting that which you wish to accentuate beyond it." As part of the new GENESIS® Master Designer Methods series, Instructor Kirk Bianchi will retrain your thinking of water vessel design. "The pool is often built first in the sequence of outdoor improvements. For the best integration, however, it should actually be designed last." Bianchi's method will require students to rethink their design approach, with a landscape-based process that considers the functionality of the entire space first. The course lecture and projects will focus on sightlines, living spaces, traffic flow, spatial considerations, and more.

This is a required course to become a Certified Master Pool Builder and Design Professional.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze art examples; review principal areas of composition
  • Identify categories of outdoor spaces
  • Define site elements that occupy and enhance the function and esthetic of the space
  • Review case studies on the use of outdoor space

Instructor: Kirk Bianchi

CBP

November 13-14
PSP/Deck Expo
Las Vegas, NV
16 hours | 1.6 IACET CEUs | 16 PHTA CEUs
$1,790 PHTA Member / $2,290 Non-member

Register

Understanding the architecture of both built structures and the surrounding landscape will enable watershape designers to coordinate details and relate the water elements back to the surrounding environment in an appropriate way. It is easy to find examples of pools that clearly do not reflect the style of the home. They are usually the result of a production-type builder that is only comfortable replicating the same pool they have built many times. However, when the pool is well-designed to match the home's architecture, the effect can be breathtaking and add real value to the property. This process can only begin after a basic understanding of architectural styles - the palette from which we draw from. These pools not only reflect the home but also the surrounding landscape.

This is a required course to become a Certified Expert Pool Builder and Design Professional.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review design styles through the 20th Century. Includes Arts and Crafts, Prairie Style, California Bungalow, Bauhaus, Art Deco, Zig-Zag modernism, New England salt boxes, Ranch style, Mid-Century Modern, Brutalism, Post-Modernism, and others in the US and overseas
  • Discuss the significance of changes in style and review key examples of these styles
  • Describe the key principles of various styles and how to coordinate watershape design with architecture

Instructor: Paul John Boulifard

On-Demand

 

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