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DESIGN 151: Water Works: The Keys to Designing State-of-the-Art, Award- Winning Water Features

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the role of the design and engineer professionals as a collaborative design effort with landscape architects, engineers, and pool contractors.
  • Discuss how to integrate the proper infrastructure for water features and pools to achieve form and function.
  • List reliable strategies for long term sustainable maintenance of water features.
  • Examine project details, photos, and the collaborative effort that resulted in the desired effects.


Water elements within a landscape need to reflect the environmental, cultural, and historical context in which they exist and take advantage of cutting edge resources. High design and new technology are best achieved through an early collaboration between landscape architect, engineer, and pool contractor. Explore the principals and practices of designing, sourcing, and constructing sustainable and beautiful water features, pools, and spas, with industry leaders who will share lessons learned and explain their collaborative process.

Time/ Credits

1:75 hrs


Skip Phillips, SWD Master

Ambassador and Co-founder of GENESISĀ®
(760) 815-3961

SWD Master Pool Designer
Skip Phillips, SWD Master, GENESIS® Ambassador & Co-Founder

Skip Phillips, former owner of Questar Pools' and the firm's current principal designer, is one of the world's most renowned designers and builders of custom swimming pools, spas and other forms of aquatic architecture. In 1993, the Robb Report declared Phillips "the world's most influential swimming pool designer" and since then he has received extensive coverage in trade magazines and on T.V., including multiple HGTV appearances, newspapers and prestigious national publications including Better Homes & Gardens, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He is co-founder of GENESIS and is a charter member of the Society of Watershape Designers. He is widely credited for transforming and uplifting the pool and spa industry. Phillips' body of work includes some of the most beautiful and technically advanced watershapes of the modern era.