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John R Fain


[Fain, John R]
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture
  • Lecturer

Professional Preparation

    • 1974 B.S. in Environmental DesignUniversity of Connecticut, Cum Laude
    • 1979 M.L.A. in Landscape ArchitectureUniversity of Massachusetts


    • Jan 2002 to Jan 2013 Lecturer
      University of Texas at Arlington


  • Membership
    • Aug 2008 to Present American Society of Landscape Architects, Texas Chapter
    • Aug 1993 to Present Texas Recreation and Park Society

Research and Expertise

  • Expertise

    John R. Fain, ASLA is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a masters degree in landscape architecture.He is a Texas registered landscape architect, licensed irrigator and a LEED AP.With over thirty years of experience in the field, Fain has been employed in both the public and private sector.He currently is a partner in the DFL Group, LLC, specializing in park planning and design as well as grant preparation.Fain has authored and/or managed grants totaling over $20 million, managed design/development projects of nearly $100 million, and assisted in the acquisition/preservation of approximately 1500 acres of park land/open space. He has received awards for his work from the ASLA and TRAPS.

    John currently hosts a biannual workshop to aid students in preparation for the LARE.


      • LARC 5662-001 DESIGN STUDIO II

        A continuation of 5661. Basic design principles and their application to three-dimensional spaces. Examines how humans occupy exterior space and combines this information with the principles of design to create garden scale models. Models are used as a medium for design expression. Landscape character, design simulation, landscape media, landscape context, and human spatial experience are included.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019Contact info & Office Hours

        The goal of Landscape Technology I is to provide an introduction and working knowledge of the processes of landscape architectural site engineering techniques.  The intent is for the student to become proficient at designing three dimensional land-design practices and philosophies relating to grading and drainage systems.  Course will also study irrigation, soil characteristics, dimensioning, and erosion control.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018Contact info & Office Hours

        Students will study introduction to the preparation of construction documents including:

        - Grading and drainage

        - Dimensioning

        - Earthwork

        - Irrigation

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017Contact info & Office Hours
      • LARC 5342-001 Landscape Technology II

        The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the basic principles of landscape construction, to provide study material to help pass the LARE, and to develop the skills required to produce a complete construction package top a professional standard.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017Contact info & Office Hours
      • LARC 5662-001 DESIGN STUDIO II

        This class explores basic design principles and their application to three dimansional space.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017Contact info & Office Hours

        This course is offered to advanced students who are able to complete a complex semester long planning and detailed design prioject.  Students will also be asked to interact with and assist Studio 2 students in their caqreer development.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017Contact info & Office Hours

        Surveying, site grading, storm water management, vertical and horizontal curves and an overview of the construction documentation process employed by landscape architects.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016Contact info & Office Hours

        Syllabus LARC 5341

        Fall 2014

        Instructor(s): John Fain, ASLA

        Office Number: NA-No UTA office

        Office Telephone Number: NONE….cell phone to be provided

        Email Address:

        Faculty Profile:

        Office Hours: None, By appointment

        Section Information: Landtech I; LARC 5341

        Time and Place of Class Meetings: Architecture 329; Monday/Wednesday 3:00-6:00

        Description of Course Content: The goal of Landscape Technology I is to provide an introduction and working knowledge of the processes of landscape architectural site engineering techniques.  The intent is for the student to become proficient at designing three dimensional land-design practices and philosophies relating to grading and drainage systems.  Course will also study irrigation, soil characteristics, dimensioning, and erosion control.

        Student Learning Outcomes:

        1. Develop a working knowledge of contour manipulation to obtain specific results under varying circumstances and design situations

        2. Develop technical expertise pertaining to the exact calculation of elevation, gradient (slope), and distance under any situation.

        3. Develop technical expertise pertaining to grading for drainage and circulation.

        4. Develop a basic working and technical knowledge as applied to the fundamentals of drainage, quantification of storm water runoff, sizing of storm  water transport systems (basic), and the sizing and design of storm water detention or retention facilities (basic).

        5. Understand the importance of landforms, wetlands, and waterways in the siting of proposed structural development.

        6. Understand the basic principles of irrigation, dimensioning, and soil characteristics.

        Required Textbooks and Other Course Materials: Site Engineering for Landscape Architects.  Steven Storm and Kurt Nathan, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, NY, Sixth Edition.

        Descriptions of major assignments and examinations: There will be 20 homework assignments, 2 exams, 4 vignettes, a final exam/vignette, and a final project. 

        Additional reading may be assigned as instructor deems necessary.

        Assignments and problems will be due at the beginning of class on the date specified.  Assignments should be delivered on tracing paper, to scale. All deadlines will be strictly enforced.  Any homework or grading problem handed in late will be penalized.

        Extenuating circumstances for INDIVIDUAL exemptions to the late work policy will follow these guidelines: requirements, examinations, and projects.

        Attendance: Since each class builds on the one previous, attendance is mandatory unless excused by instructor.   NOTE: STUDENTS WHO MISS CLASS WITH AN UNEXCUSED ABSENCE (PER UNIVERSITY POLICY) WILL AUTOMATICALLY DROP ONE GRADE (FINAL GRADE).

        Other Requirements: On campus field trips will be conducted.  Off campus field trips are possible.


        Semester grades will be based entirely on the homework assignments, grading problems, vignettes, and tests:

        Reference Grade Scoring attachment.

        A letter grade will be issued for each student at the end of the semester.


        A= 90 to 100%:    Outstanding academic performance, only minor mistakes that would not affect the overall solutions.  Technical data is complete and accurate.  Work was graphically neat and

        handed in on time.

        B = 80 to 89%:     Very good academic performance, minor mistakes not critical but overall solution effected.  Technical data is complete, graphic quality is good but improvements needed. Work submitted on time. 

        C= 70 to 79%:      Average academic performance, mistakes are apparent which seriously affect solution.  Technical data is incomplete and not accurate.  Graphic quality generally poor.

        D= 60 to 69%:      Poor academic performance; solution unworkable with major mistakes.  Lack of understanding of technical data.  Work Incomplete and graphic quality generally poor.

        F= 0 to 59%:  Failing work not submitted on time or incomplete.  Solution is totally unworkable. No comprehension of technical data.

        Note: All projects will be completed on an individual basis; however this is not intended to discourage individuals with helping one another.  Discussion or joint participation will not be allowed during the tests or final exam.

        Make-up Exams:        At instructor’s discretion.

        Expectations for Out-of-Class Study: None

        Grade Grievances:     Refer to student catalogue or see

        Drop Policy: Students may drop or swap (adding and dropping a class concurrently) classes through self-service in MyMav from the beginning of the registration period through the late registration period. After the late registration period, students must see their academic advisor to drop a class or withdraw. Undeclared students must see an advisor in the University Advising Center. Drops can continue through a point two-thirds of the way through the term or session. It is the student's responsibility to officially withdraw if they do not plan to attend after registering. Students will not be automatically dropped for non-attendance. Repayment of certain types of financial aid administered through the University may be required as the result of dropping classes or withdrawing. For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (

        Americans with Disabilities Act: The University of Texas at Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of all federal equal opportunity legislation, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). All instructors at UT Arlington are required by law to provide "reasonable accommodations" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. Any student requiring an accommodation for this course must provide the instructor with official documentation in the form of a letter certified by the staff in the Office for Students with Disabilities, University Hall 102. Only those students who have officially documented a need for an accommodation will have their request honored. Information regarding diagnostic criteria and policies for obtaining disability-based academic accommodations can be found at or by calling the Office for Students with Disabilities at (817) 272-3364.

        Title IX: The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to upholding U.S. Federal Law “Title IX” such that no member of the UT Arlington community shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity. For more information, visit

        Academic Integrity: Students enrolled all UT Arlington courses are expected to adhere to the UT Arlington Honor Code:

        I pledge, on my honor, to uphold UT Arlington’s tradition of academic integrity, a tradition that values hard work and honest effort in the pursuit of academic excellence.

        I promise that I will submit only work that I personally create or contribute to group collaborations, and I will appropriately reference any work from other sources. I will follow the highest standards of integrity and uphold the spirit of the Honor Code.

        UT Arlington faculty members may employ the Honor Code as they see fit in their courses, including (but not limited to) having students acknowledge the honor code as part of an examination or requiring students to incorporate the honor code into any work submitted. Per UT System Regents’ Rule 50101, §2.2, suspected violations of university’s standards for academic integrity (including the Honor Code) will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. Violators will be disciplined in accordance with University policy, which may result in the student’s suspension or expulsion from the University.

        Lab Safety Training:  NA

        Students registered for this course must complete all required lab safety training prior to entering the lab and undertaking any activities. Once completed, Lab Safety Training is valid for the remainder of the same academic year (i.e., through the following August) and must be completed anew in subsequent years. There are no exceptions to this University policy. Failure to complete the required training will preclude participation in any lab activities, including those for which a grade is assigned.

        [As necessary, continue with specific course-based information regarding the module(s) required, etc.]

        Electronic Communication: UT Arlington has adopted MavMail as its official means to communicate with students about important deadlines and events, as well as to transact university-related business regarding financial aid, tuition, grades, graduation, etc. All students are assigned a MavMail account and are responsible for checking the inbox regularly. There is no additional charge to students for using this account, which remains active even after graduation. Information about activating and using MavMail is available at

        Student Feedback Survey: At the end of each term, students enrolled in classes categorized as “lecture,” “seminar,” or “laboratory” shall be directed to complete an online Student Feedback Survey (SFS). Instructions on how to access the SFS for this course will be sent directly to each student through MavMail approximately 10 days before the end of the term. Each student’s feedback enters the SFS database anonymously and is aggregated with that of other students enrolled in the course. UT Arlington’s effort to solicit, gather, tabulate, and publish student feedback is required by state law; students are strongly urged to participate. For more information, visit

        Final Review Week: A period of five class days prior to the first day of final examinations in the long sessions shall be designated as Final Review Week. The purpose of this week is to allow students sufficient time to prepare for final examinations. During this week, there shall be no scheduled activities such as required field trips or performances; and no instructor shall assign any themes, research problems or exercises of similar scope that have a completion date during or following this week unless specified in the class syllabus. During Final Review Week, an instructor shall not give any examinations constituting 10% or more of the final grade, except makeup tests and laboratory examinations. In addition, no instructor shall give any portion of the final examination during Final Review Week. During this week, classes are held as scheduled. In addition, instructors are not required to limit content to topics that have been previously covered; they may introduce new concepts as appropriate.

        Emergency Exit Procedures: Should we experience an emergency event that requires us to vacate the building, students should exit the room and move toward the nearest exit, which is located on the second floor, east side opposite Room 201. When exiting the building during an emergency, one should never take an elevator but should use the stairwells. Faculty members and instructional staff will assist students in selecting the safest route for evacuation and will make arrangements to assist handicapped individuals.

        Student Support Services:   UT Arlington provides a variety of resources and programs designed to help students develop academic skills, deal with personal situations, and better understand concepts and information related to their courses. Resources include tutoring, major-based learning centers, developmental education, advising and mentoring, personal counseling, and federally funded programs. For individualized referrals, students may visit the reception desk at University College (Ransom Hall), call the Maverick Resource Hotline at 817-272-6107, send a message to, or view the information at

        Writing Center. : [Optional.] The Writing Center, 411 Central Library, offers individual 40 minute sessions to review assignments, Quick Hits (5-10 minute quick answers to questions), and workshops on grammar and specific writing projects. Visit to register and make appointments. For hours, information about the writing workshops we offer, scheduling a classroom visit, and descriptions of the services we offer undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members, please visit our website at

        Course Schedule:

        Schedule Fall 2014

        LARC 5341

        August 25                  

        Class overview, schedule, definitions, etc.

        August 27                  

        Campus field trip

        Visualizing slopes and understanding contours/surveying

        Chapters 1-3, Site Engineering for Landscape Architects, Sixth Edition

        September 1  NO CLASS - LABOR DAY

        September 3

        Slope analysis

        Contour interpolation

        Watersheds/stormwater management

        Chapters 4, 10, Site Engineering for Landscape Architects

        September 8

        Calculating slopes and elevation changes, distances

        Chapter 5, Site Engineering for Landscape Architects

        September 10

        Folding a surface, folded planes

        Chapters 5, 6, Site Engineering for Landscape Architects

        September 15


        September 17

        Cross slopes

        Sloped planes, warped planes

        September 22


        September 24

        Water diversion – swales

        September 29

        Parking Lots, Curbs

        October 1


        October 6, 8


        Stormwater calculations

        Chapters 9, 10, 12-14, Site Engineering for Landscape Architects

        October 13

        Roadway grading, crowns, shoulders

        October 15


        October 20

        Natural resource protection and site planning

        Vertical & horizontal curves

        Chapters 16,17, Site Engineering for Landscape Architects

        October 22



        Soils & earthwork

        Earthwork volumes

        Chapter 8, Site Engineering for Landscape Architects

        October 27

        Evaluations due???


        October 29, November 3

        Steps and ramps


        Retaining walls

        November 5

        Soil characteristics/textures

        Chapter 7, Site Engineering for Landscape Architects

        Erosion control

        Chapter 11, Site Engineering for Landscape Architects

        November 10


        November 12



        Chapter 15, Site Engineering for Landscape Architects

        Begin final project

        November 17

         Final project studio

        November 19

        Final project studio

        November 24

        Final project/CAD plan due

        November 26 OFF?

        December 1

        DEAD WEEK

        Field Trip

        December 3

        DEAD WEEK

        No Class

        December 8

        Final Exam/Vignette

        As the instructor for this course, I reserve the right to adjust this schedule in any way that serves the educational needs of the students enrolled in this course. –John R. Fain, ASLA.”

        Mission of the Program in Landscape Architecture

        The mission of the Program in Landscape Architecture is to educate for ultimate leadership in the landscape architecture profession.  This mission requires fostering rigorous scholarly inquiry of the discipline and the preparation of knowledgeable practitioners.

        The Program in Landscape Architecture has the dual objectives of providing students with a core of pure and applied research.  This duality prepares students for identifying and solving problems in the profession through design and research, and it is a Program focus.

        Emergency Phone Numbers: In case of an on-campus emergency, call the UT Arlington Police Department at 817-272-3003 (non-campus phone), 2-3003 (campus phone). You may also dial 911.

        [We strongly recommend that you place this information at the very end of your course syllabus or in the footer of the first page. We further recommend that you enter the UTA Police Department’s emergency phone number into your own mobile phone. For non-emergencies, contact the UTA PD at 817-272-3381.]

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        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012Contact info & Office Hours