Landscape Architecture is best described in the simplest term as the art of design and scientific knowledge which when combined will produce organized open spaces for the use by man and his enjoyment while protecting the environment. Through the use of design creativity and technical procedures, Landscape Architects must have knowledge in the cultural, science and political structure of the natural habitat to be able to apply his or her skills for the management of the planned constructed elements. These skills encompass many factors such as: safety, aesthetics, construction, technology, history, sociology, philosophy, soil science, plant and water sciences, horticultural practices, and energy conservation principles. Each facet needs the other for a truly successful and enjoyable sustainable built environment of usable space.
Landscape Architecture has become such a specialized field in the last 40 years within the design community, that Landscape Architects are no longer a luxury but a necessity. “We must create sustainable environments which in the long run won’t create a hardship for our kids in the future. The world has become too small and the proper use of resources not only affects the environment here, but throughout the world. We are now inter-connected across the globe and we can no longer afford to be arrogant and selfish when it comes to protecting the planet”. Each project if treated as its own Eco-system will provide a myriad of benefits that would eventually link with each other to create a regional sustainable environment.
Golf Course Architecture is the art and science of accumulating 18 individual expansive open spaces into one beautiful cohesive master piece which integrates and respects the sensitivity of the surrounding environment for the pleasure and enjoyment of man.
Golf Course Architecture has evolved into a dynamic entity which requires extensive knowledge in marketing, agronomy, turf comprehension, soil science, sociology, technology, and water science plus much more. In fact all the principles of Landscape Architecture can be applied in Golf Architecture. “I see it as a huge park of approximately four (4) miles long which the lawn fairways are the pedestrian walkway which leads to a progression of visual enjoyment at every turn only to end and asking for more”.
Each designer has his own vision of paradise, achieving it is only a test of time which has been accomplished by such great architects as Seth Rayner, Donald Ross, Allister Mackenzie, George Crump, Harry S. Colt, A.W. Tillinghast, H. Chandler Egan, and of course Old Tom Morris.
Today, Golf Course Architecture and Landscape Architecture are an integral part of each other. One cannot exist without the other.
With humility and dedication, Mr. Corral is a master in the understanding of its customers and its processes. With experience in international work, Mariano Corral, adapts to the situations in each country using the technology and designs of today. It is important to have an understanding of the market for each country and the way people live, before introducing radical new ideas. By combining the new with the best of old ideas which people can relate to, it won’t be as shocking. Knowing the cost factors and the availability of indigenous materials and how it is applied is just as equally important, and that only comes from personal working experience.
Respect and personal relationship with customers are very important and equally with workers who are performing the physical work and have an understanding "what are our ideas", and "what we are trying to accomplish in the end product". Arrogance will not lead to a better product, but team work with strong leadership will always lead to success.
Supervision of projects is the key to success. Unsupervised projects cannot be guarantee that it will show off the best final product.
"Concerns of security for the welfare of the public are one of our priorities. Before starting a project, we try to anticipate potential concerns to prevent dangerous situations for the welfare of the public. This also prevents any costs over runs”.
We are not perfect, but if we address, anticipate, and identify and eliminate at least 90% of the problems before beginning any designs and construction work, that transfers to low costs in construction and a good return profit to the client.
“Our ultimate goals and primary duties are for the benefit, enjoyment and protection of the general public”.