Yale Hooper

Vice-President, CID, CLIA, RWSS


Irrigation Design Curriculum, Mesa College, San Diego


Certified Irrigation Designer (CID)

Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA)

EPA Water Sense Partner

Water Reuse Association


Building Industry Association

Irrigation Association


Mr. Hooper is a Principal at Van Dyke Landscape Architects and serves as Director of Irrigation services. He has over 20 years of water conservation  and construction management experience, including central control system design and retrofits. Mr. Hooper has managed the irrigation planning and design for large scale master planned communities, streetscapes, school sites, slope restorations and national cemeteries.


Mr. Hooper has expertise in large scale irrigation design and construction management involving coordination with municipalities, water districts, public agencies, civil engineers, industry product manufacturers, and contractors. He has directed the irrigation design and managed overall projects for corporate office sites and campuses, hotels, streetscapes, institutional and educational uses. Mr. Hooper has served as a technical advisor to water districts and LMD maintenance districts throughout southern California.



Mr. Hooper is familiar with all major manufacturers of irrigation products, including controllers and central control system / water management software.


Yale was born in Norfolk, Virginia and moved across the US to southern California as young child. His dad was in the Marines and he was very fortunate that his dad was transferred to Oceanside because he was able to surf daily and ride his skateboard around town getting familiar with the west coast. Yale began taking some architectural hand drafting classes in high school for several years and at the young age of 16 he started working part-time in the construction industry while still surfing competitively.


Working in the construction field gave Yale the ability to read plans and see how things are built using the plans, details and specifications and to see how a bad set of plans can really cost the developer not only money but a lot of man hours in lost time. This knowledge base paid off big time when he joined VDLA as a draftsman putting his new CAD skills to use in an office setting (finally out of the field)! He transitioned to the VDLA team seamlessly and has since taken over the Irrigation Department and is currently a Principal with the firm.


When he is not at work you would likely find Yale spending time with his four kids and beautiful wife either at the kids’ soccer field, coaching football, in the water in Carlsbad, surfing, biking, or skateboarding.