State of the Profession

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    Rico Flor

    Not really the state of the profession, but here’s a street-smart heads-up from a colleague: know the future venues of the Olympics, World Cup, Commonwealth Games (no comment on the present venue), World Expo, etc., and position yourself there….somehow…like, London is coming very soon…Brazil will be waiting in the wings…

    Jim Del Carpio

    I couldn’t agree with you more!!!!


    Could be worse. You could’ve gone to LAW SCHOOL! See:
    Apparently work for lawyers went of a cliff as well. Then you have those student loans and the common loathing of lawyers to deal with! Nobody has ever made jokes like “Q. What do you call 100 landscape architects at the bottom of the ocean? A. A good start!” Nobody has ever said “Ugh! Look at them! Designing PARKS! Creating humane environments! Healing the earth! Who do they think they are?!”

    Trace One

    Man, Boilerplater, does that seem naive..Lawyers may be having the same trouble we are having with job availablity, but they make twice as much as we do and often work on the same issues,and their determinations are the final word – have you never worked for local government? It is the lawyer who will tell you how many parking spaces you have to have, if the developer whines..It is lawyers who work for the NRDC saving wildlife, protecting vast swaths of the environment – they don’t hire landscape architects! If you have trouble finding a job as a lawyer – move to washington, D.C….the law degree, while costing NO MORE than a stupid MLA, will gain you tons more influence, respect, and MONEY…A law degree can be combined with anything, and suddenly you are the hands down expert.

    I am surprised that you have not experienced that in your life..I have been an encscripted minion for many lawyers, in my life, as an LA, having to do their work, present to them, and let them rule..
    TWICE the salary, easily, twice the respect (yes, the jokes are good, but it is the salaries that gain them the ultimate respect – no-one ever impressed anyone with their Certified LA status, but if you are a lawyer, you enter the upper classes…immediatley.)
    What sort of lawyers do you know?


    Yeah, the post was meant to be sorta simplistic for humor’s sake. I have benfitted many times, both directly and indirectly, from the actions of lawyers. And no, I’ve never been arrested.
    Its the lawyers who do most of the presentation for the planning board and fight to get the project approved, and they earn substantial rewards for it.


    This trend needs to start up again. I wasn’t a member the first time it came around. The last post was dated October, 2010. How does the profession look a year later? Any good news from the mainland? Is the recession over for LAs? If it is over are you preparing yourself for the next recession in 8 to 10 years? This profession is nothing but a roller coaster ride and I wish I had chosen another degree while in college. Although, I’m doing fine at the moment. The pacific ocean sometimes makes it difficult to keep up with current events.

    I’m thinking and exploring the idea of opening up a franchise on Maui called “Wraps” but with a Hawaiian style twist.



    Leslie B Wagle

    Friends I know in academia and a planning dept. who were employed at the start of the recession have remained employed but my own former position (frozen after I retired, then later eliminated) still doesn’t exist. Another person I keep up with who had a planning background (but who had moved into private consulting mixed with being a real estate broker, then found a part time job writing proposals for a transportation planning firm) ….is now is seeking something else and so far no luck. Independent LA’s I know of are pretty quiet/not sharing. They may be skimming by on far less work than a few years ago, but I don’t have enough of a sample group to conclude any broad trends.

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