Hi. I just want to let you know that I have organised an International Student Design Competition and all details can be seen at www.slant.eu and that graduates from 2010 & 2011 are also welcome to enter.
First off, the landscape arch profession is going through some shaky economic times right now, just as nearly every other industry is. However, AEC (arch/engineering/construction) may very well be one of the last to recover. If you start a program now, in four years the situation will most likely be very different.
Now, as far as daily work is concerned, for the most part you will be expected to put in long hours both in school and at your job after graduation. The pay is relatively low compared to other fields requiring four and five year degrees, but the plus is that you get to be creative nearly everyday and influence the built environment around you (not just gardens and parks).
The most interesting topic for me in school was urban design and planning. I would like to pursue a career path in which I can have a greater influence on the larger scale aspects of the built world from a landscape perspective. In understanding what I'm talking about some may suggest reading 'The Landscape Urbanism Reader' by Charles Waldheim. In my opinion, it's a bit convoluted, but thorough.
i think LA's can potentially have a massive positive impact on rehabilitating urban environments with social and aesthetic implications. The key to better design, collectively, and the well-being of the profession in my opinion hinges on the ability and range of perspectives by it's practitioners. Believe me, right now, this profession could use some fresh perspectives.
Please feel free to contact Brad Goetz at Colorado State University, the school I attended. You can mention that I referred you. He is a graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Design (a very prestigious school) and I'm sure would be glad to answer any of your questions or concerns. You can reach him at Bradley.Goetz@colostate.edu
Good Luck and let me know if you have any other questions..
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