Original Presentation Date: March 17th, 2021

In this special series of webinar presentations, we pull back the curtain on the design process. Top designers sit down with host Mike Nantz to discuss their creative processes and what drives them to create sophisticated and beautiful works of watershaping art. Gain practical insights and creative inspiration through images and illustrations from some of the industry’s finest practitioners of the art and craft of water. 

1:00 hour -Watershape University is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEUs for this program.

CEUs are awarded for successfully logging completion of this webinar through the course curriculum page after viewing the lecture. Further instructions for registering your completion of this course are posted on the course curriculum page below the webinar recording.


  1. Explore the tenants and principles of Design.
  2. Interpret visual elements and how to present them to the viewer.
  3. Identify requirements to achieve both the Design aesthetic and technical requirements of any given project.
  4. Relate the presentation to students’ own creative processes and work products.Michael Given is President and Founder of Michael Given Environments LLC; a Land & Waterscape Construction firm headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas. We do Landscape, Hardscape, and Swimming Pool construction throughout the KC metro area and beyond depending on the scope of the projects.

Michael Given received a Bachelors of Science degree in Landscape Design from Kansas State University in 2000. He completed the Genesis 3 Design Group curriculum in 2010 for the Society of Watershape Designers, a group focused on elevating the standard of swimming pool design and construction. On top of taking over 175 credit hours of pool specific design classes, Michael has also taught classes on landscape and swimming pool design.

Michael has always been drawn to water and how it relates to the surrounding landscape, whether it’s a natural or man made wonder. Designing and installing extensive landscape and swimming pool projects for over 15 years Michael realized there was a better way to design, construct, and manage the entire project, which led to the creation of Michael Given Environments LLC in 2010.

A free Wolfpack Webinar

This course is part of our Weekly Wolfpack Webinar series, conducted live every Wednesday at 3pm Eastern/Noon Pacific, and archived as a recording shortly after the live session concludes.