Hall Of Fame Inductees


The individuals nominated should have made a significant impact or positive influence that assures the future of our industry in the lives of generations to come.


Once nominated, an individual’s biography and photo are updated on the site, and he or she is placed in the polls for voting. At the end of the year the committee takes into consideration the votes and decides which candidates are inducted.


Those with a star (*) next to their name below were either inducted posthumously or have passed away since being inducted.


Nomination Qualifications

  • Person with integrity and passion
  • Minimum 20 years in industry
  • Someone who has developed  or invented  new technology
  • Has made contributions that resulted in change
  • Contributed to mankind’s needs in his field
  • Provided education and encouragement  with self-sacrifice
  • Changed the industry

John Hourian*

Hourian Associates


John has been in the green industry field of architecture and landscape architecture since 1964. He graduated from East Los Angeles College with an AA Degree in Architecture in 1966. Before attending California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, John worked for Arborgast Jones and Theiss, Architects and The Jack H. McDonald Company in Los Angeles.


After graduating from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental design with a major in Landscape Architecture in 1969, John received his license to practice landscape architecture in California in 1971. Since then, he holds a license in landscape architecture in California, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, and Utah.


John has worked with the following firms:

Cardoza Dilallo, Landscape Architects

POD, Landscape Architects

The Larwin Group, Community developers

Steward Woodard, Planning, Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Jack Raub Company, Engineering, Planning, Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Peridian Group (foremly Courtland Paul Arthur Biggs)

Closson and Closson, Landscape Architects

Hogan and Roy Landscape Architects and Planners


John started Hourian Associates, Landscape Architecture and Design in 1989. His daughter Nicole Hourian Nunn joined forces and are both in partnership, with offices in San Clemente, and  Santa Barbara.


John has been actively involved in the green industry and has held a number of positions with the Southern California Chapter of American Society of landscape Architects (ASLA) as president in 1975 and 1980.


Since 1980, John has been actively involved with the ClassFund as one of its founding members that included Jim Hogan, Keith French, Bob Cardoza, and Rob Sawyer. John was also ClassFund Chairman during the early years.


John also participated as a judge with CCLA on two occasions to review landscape installation projects in the Southern California area, as well as attending their awards banquet.


John lives with his beautiful wife in San Clemente. Important family members include his two daughters Nicole and Erika and their two great husbands Brett and Kris along with six grandchildren, Fletcher, Lola, Walker, Grayson, Sheldon and Shane.