My two cents is to go somewhere that is going to prepare you to be the type of Landscape Architect you want to be. I was naive to this when I went to school. I went to Oregon and they were heavier in the research side of the profession. I have colleagues that went to Georgia that was more focused construction and on passing the licensure exam.
If you see yourself being someone who gets real projects built and you want to be part of the construction documents not just the big ideas then go somewhere that will teach you those skills.
Thanks for the responses. I can relate to the sentiment here. I have been in the same mindset for some years now. What does ASLA do for me? Is it there for the 1%? I look at it as I pay $370/year for a magazine that is 75% advertisement. While at the same time I see dwindling respect in our governments local and national for the Landscape Architecture profession.
In Oregon they just raised our state fees also. Their reasoning is that there are no new landscape architects. They also showed that a majority of landscape architects in Oregon are of retirement age. Every year I see less regulation and requirements for developers to use LA’s. No need for irrigation plans anymore and most jobs are done by handing a landscaper a check and telling him to make it look nice.
If I am going to pay an organization $370/year I want to see action. I want to see progress for our profession. Normally I am all for deregulation, but when I seem my profession getting saturated with any chuck with a truck I get worried. Is our profession in trouble? We cannot sustain if a handful of companies that do the national mall and giant plaza’s in China are the only recognition we get.
Ugh I could keep going, but we need more representation in our local and federal government. Our environment is changing and Landscape Architects need a seat at the table to help us adapt for the future.
This last weekend my local chapter held a symposium where the I first learned