Career path discussion – LA + Environ specialist/GIS?

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    Hi, guys,

    Hi, Everyone,

    I am just asking anyone’s suggestion about my career path as a landscape architect. I am now preparing the L.A.R.E and hopefully to get registered this year. But after that, except for finishing one project after another(hopefully they are the projects you like to do!), get trained on different projects and if fortunately to become a project manager, I have already found that our profession is very dependant on the inputs from other professions, such as civil, architect, structural engineer, transportation engineer….etc. For myself, I do not feel I have the real talent to become a “project manager” , also I feel as an immigrant, I really do not have the advantage to deal with different people. So I am a little concerned about what will happen to me after like 3 years, 5 years, 10 years? I am seeking both progress on my salary as well as my depth and width in my profession.

    One way I am thinking about is that a landscape architect could also as an environmental specialist? I have a solid scientific background (with a master’s degree in Science) and I am very interested in water resources management, like building up hydro models, stream restoration, wastewater management. I am wondering if it will be a possible path to get in touch with some restoration projects as both landscape designer and an environmental specialist. Yesterday, when I was studying LARE, I happen to read one of the study materials done by Barrett L. Kays, who is a soil scientist and a landscape architect, I feel very excited about it. (But he has a Ph.D. degree in soil management, I suppose a Ph.D. probably too much for me.)

    Another path is GIS and data, but it relates to city design and city planning. I am very interested in how data and geodesign could help with decisions on landscape design / urban planning.

    These are my two possible paths, I have been late to enter LA profession, I feel I waste a lot of time at my early 20s and I should have made a better career plan for myself, but later than never, I have the passion ( maybe not enough talent) and I believe as long as keep constantly updating my knowledge and absorbing new information, I will become a better and better designer.

    Also, I feel it always says that Landscape Architecture is an interdisciplinary major, but in reality, it seems that people are still doing their own specialty, and the outsiders can not quite understand and there is not much real application (Maybe I am wrong, maybe there are top firms have involved all these application very well. That would be my goal!)

    Thank you so much for any thoughts, advice and suggestion!!

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