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Genesis 3 Design Schools inspire students

NEW ORLEANS, La. - Four Genesis 3 Design Schools, held in conjunction with the Nov. 2-6 International Pool, Spa and Patio Expo in New Orleans, attracted more than 50 students and was viewed as a great success.

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New to the Genesis 3 Design Schools this year were Kate Wiseman, MLA, APLD and Michael Johnson, AIA.

Wiseman, principal landscape designer for Sage Outdoor Designs, created an educational atmosphere for the Elements of Design School second to none. With the course development and one-on-one teaching, students were subjected to an intense 20 hours of design education, which included each student creating their own design model for examination.

"The level of improvement that I saw in the student's work over the course of the class was remarkable and inspiring," Wiseman said. "One of the main goals of the Genesis 3 program is to open people's minds and show them that they have the opportunity to be working at a much higher level, and this course absolutely meets that goal. I think we are going to be seeing some excellent work from these students and I am looking forward to keeping an eye on their careers."

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Johnson, a fellow and professor at Taliesin West said, "The educational system developed by Genesis 3 should become the model for the entire building industry." His course on 20th Century Architectural Styles gave instrumental knowledge to students on significant changes in styles and key examples of architecture, while discussing and reviewing a number of architectural styles and how to coordinate those principals with watershape design. To receive a passing score for the course, students created their own architectural projects including watershape elements.

The Introduction to Perspective Drawing course, taught by Mike Nantz, received overwhelming praise from students. "I received a greater understanding of how to communicate visually with clients" said George Elliot of Paradise Environments of Arroyo Grande, Calif. "The opportunity to work one-on-one with the instructor assisted me immensely with technique, especially when portraying water in a vessel and in motion."

Dave Peterson's 20-hour SketchUp course, led students through the initial basics of SketchUp software toward creating their own 3-D drawings by its conclusion. Peterson took the time to work one-on-one with each student, creating a successful and positive learning environment.

"This was a great class!" David Schneider said of the SketchUp class, held during the pre-conference event. "Plenty of useful information, and Dave took the time to explain each step and how to repair the drawing. It will definitely help me in showing customers an idea of their pool."

Also during the IPSP Expo, Genesis 3's three-day Elements of Construction School was presented to a sold out crowd.

Paolo Benedetti, primary course instructor, was elated with the enthusiasm and excitement the class contained. "The construction school was a resounding success," Benedetti said. "The three-day program offered insightful instruction to a sold-out crowd of 50 veteran and new pool builders and everyone in attendance agreed that this was the best pool industry course that they have ever attended. Many veteran builders commented that they wish they had attended this course when they started their business - it would have saved them many mistakes, countless headaches, sleepless nights and thousands of dollars."

Students from Seattle Wash., to Lake Worth Fla., to Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, said they considered the Genesis 3 Construction School invaluable.

"The topics discussed at the Genesis 3 Construction School were all relevant to our ongoing experiences as designers and contractors," said David McGittigan of Michael Hatcher & Assoc., Memphis, Tenn. "Genesis 3 is arming and providing us with the tools to bring superior standards and value to our clients."

Joe Cohen of Jo-Co Pools of Anna, Ill. said "the sincerity and passion of the instructors was unprecedented." Cohen added, "I have been pouring cast in place concrete for 28 years. I have been instructed at this time about proper depth, rebar, control, construction joints and will continue with greater confidence now."

"I learned more about shotcrete in three days than I have in three years," said George Frederick of Signature Aquatics, Greensboro, N.C. "This course covered the aspects of an entire project."

Genesis 3 Platinum Sponsor Carecraft treated each student to a black embroidered Genesis 3 School polo shirt while Gold Sponsor Current Systems supplied book bags to each student.

Genesis 3 Design Group was founded in 1998 to provide an international forum for continuing education and the establishment of higher standards in watershape design and construction. For more information on Genesis 3 Design Group, visit

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