Kaitlyn Porter

Landscape Designer

Kaitlyn is a San Diego native who grew up in rural Alpine, where her mother and father taught her how to make the most of what was available. She learned how to be optimistic and resourceful, doing everything from fixing electrical outlets to designing and building irrigation systems. These early years taught her to love the outdoors and that the most fulfilling pursuit is bringing people together and improving the lives of others.


She attended UC Davis and has her bachelors in Landscape Architecture. Kaitlyn uses her inventive nature to add value to VDLA with her design, drafting, and plan checking skills. She studied abroad in Kyoto Japan, and spent a short stint roaming across the vastness of Alaska. Her family means the world to her. When Kaitlyn is not in the office, she can be found either at the symphony, or in the mountains; backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, and generally gaining new perspectives. 


Bachelor of Science, Landscape Architecture

University of California, Davis


American Society of Landscape Architects

Recycled Water Site Supervisor


Ms. Porter’s experience includes community planning, streetscapes, storm water management, corporate site design, public art installations, and civic facilities projects. She provides site analysis, landscape design, and construction administration services as well as serving as a plan check specialist for the County of Riverside.


Ms. Porter is accomplished in the areas of conceptual and site specific design, irrigation design, hardscape and planting design, creating computer graphics  and 3D site animations. She is well versed in coordinating and developing plans that meet the needs and requirements of the client and public agencies.


As a plan check specialist Ms. Porter reviews conceptual landscape plans  as well as on-site and off-site landscape and irrigation construction documents for conformance in applying water conservation requirements, including verifying water use calculations, parking lot design ordinances, grading / erosion control, planting requirements and sight distance considerations. She is familiar with local and state ordinances including the requirements of numerous maintenance and water districts in the southern California region.