Center for Gaming Research

2005 Honoree

Donald Brinkerhoff

Donald Brinkerhoff

Biography and Project Listing


Don Brinkerhoff is the Founder and Chairman/CEO of Lifescapes International, Inc. A graduate of Cal Poly in 1952 and recipient of the Fellows Designation from the American Society of Landscape Architects, Don is perhaps one of our nation’s most influential storytellers and landscape architects. He brings to the landscape design profession more than 50 years of study, work experience and worldwide travel including urban planning studies at the University of Madrid which was part of a three-year, around-the-world study tour taking him to exotic destinations which he has used as inspiration on many of our projects.

Don became a Fellow with the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1992, recognized for his outstanding body of work and for his overall contributions to the profession. For instance, he was the person who originated the terms “softscape” and “hardscape” to more easily distinguish plant materials from pools, walkways and walls.

The Mirage
The Mirage
Project Listing


The Mirage (Las Vegas, Nevada) 1989

Bellagio (Las Vegas, Nevada) 1998

The Las Vegas Strip (Las Vegas, Nevada) 1995

The Venetian (Las Vegas, Nevada) 1999

Paris Hotel & Resort (Las Vegas, Nevada) 1999

Green Valley Ranch Resort & Casino (Las Vegas, Nevada) 2001

The Borgata (Atlantic City, New Jersey) 2002

The Venezia at Venetian (Las Vegas, Nevada) 2003

Wynn Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Nevada) 2005

Red Rock Casino Resort Spa (Las Vegas, Nevada) 2006

The Water Club at The Borgata (Atlantic City, New Jersey) 2008

The Palazzo (Las Vegas, Nevada) 2007

Encore Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Nevada) 2008


Caesars Palace (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Harrah's Atlantic City (Atlantic City, New Jersey)

Agua Caliente Casino

Harrah's Rincon Casino

Spa Resort Casino



Harrah's Rincon

Harrah's Rincon


Agua Caliente
Agua Caliente



RD&E profile

Gaming Today article

Lifescapes International

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