Tim Daugherty

  • Hi Edward. I’m increasingly convinced that University Degrees, including Landscape Architecture, don’t need to become trade schools. Yes, there is some aspects of professional craftsmanship and design knowledge involved in our education, but how deep into the technical weeds do we really need to get? Can’t a lot of these things be taught in…[Read more]

  • There was/is a program called LandFX that may do this. I don’t remember if it was a 3d package though as I never personally used it (I prefer a combo of SketchUp & Photoshop for digital graphics). Good luck!

  • Bob – did you actually read what I wrote? I’m pointing out the professional exam doesn’t have a graphic component and hasn’t for decades. Yes, we used to have to manually draw the G&D plan, and site plan sections of the exam, but it wasn’t scored on graphic! There was no artistry involved. This isn’t an opinion, it’s a fact – so disagree…[Read more]

  • Bob, I would argue the purpose of a college degree is not confined to job training – regardless of major. Otherwise the university is just a trade school – and it isn’t. One should be able to graduate with a college degree, majoring in landscape architecture, and not necessarily be good at it in practice.

    Second, you seem to define talent in…[Read more]

  • Fair enough. My guess is talented students who work hard will have zero problem finding a job. (I’m excluding, of course, a massive recession period like 2008).

  • Bob – this is tedious and silly. Good luck with your crusade.

  • No, they don’t take into account attrition rates. You’re conflating growth with job openings. You can have 0% growth, and there will still be job openings at the entry level.

  • I don’t know about a political agenda – but definitely not facts. You don’t understand basic attrition rates in employment. Again, 0% growth rate would equate to 600 professional retiring each year and 600 people moving up the food chain – including entry level positions opening. (24,000 LA’s, working 40 years is 24K/40 = 600). And that is…[Read more]

  • Sorry, you’re interpreting the data incorrectly. There are not 160 job openings each year – there are 160 NEW job opening each year in addition to job openings due to attrition.

    If there are 10 apples on a table (10 jobs) and each time I eat 1 apple (retirement/attrition) they replace it with 1 new apple, that is 0% growth. And yet there is…[Read more]

  • But I don’t think that is how the Bureau Labor statistics work (which may or may not be relevant to your position BTW). If there are currently 24,700 LA jobs (year 2016), and there is 6% growth over 10 years (1600 jobs), that means there will be 26,300 LA jobs in 2016. This does not account for “positions” created by attrition…it’s growth…[Read more]

  • Semantics, but I’d dispute the notion of only 1,600 new jobs based on a 6% growth rate (put in context with number of graduating students with LA degrees). This discounts all the positions that open due to attrition….people retiring, changing careers, getting promoted, etc. Assuming someone practiced 40 years, from age 25 to 65, that would…[Read more]

  • Good stuff Caleb, and great tips for those first assembling a portfolio. I love your suggestion for demonstrating “hands on experience”.

    I’ve hired quite a few designers in my career and one additional suggestion is to clearly acknowledge team projects and what your role was. Whether academic or professional.

  • Robert – regarding some of your data. The 1,600 jobs over 10 years are just NEW jobs, right? On top of the baseline number of jobs currently out there and held. Presumably in that same 10 year span there will also be people retiring, changing careers, dying (!), promotions, etc.

    In other words, I don’t think 30,000 graduates are fighting for…[Read more]

  • Hi Robert – thanks for your comments. I do state that “UAV technology can’t replace the skill and experience of an in-person site review”, so you’d get no argument from me. With regards to privacy I also point out multiple times the importance of FAA rules and regulations, which includes privacy concerns.

  • Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s or drones) have multiple applications for landscape architects, from early efforts like site analysis to creating awareness and excitement for a completed project. Although s […]

    • I can see where DRONES could be useful to do a “preliminary site visit”, before any preliminary design work has taken place……..but, I have personally conducted over 300 site inspections (most of which were large multi-family communities). In my opinion, you really MUST be on the ground to do a correct and thorough “Site Inspection”…..IMO, a drone won’t be very effective.

      LAs really need to walk the properties……ensure ADA requirements are met; ensure all construction & planting was installed in accordance with the Final Contract Documents. Even checking for things like “bed prep” is important….things you can know from a drone. Searching for safety and liability issues and walking the Irrigation System to ensure that you’re getting 100 percent coverage…checking the irrigation clock & settings, etc.

      Plus, remember, before you go flying a DRONE around on a property…..especially after it has been completed and there are people working and/or living on the property…..you need to get advanced notice from the Property Management Co. IMO, DRONES are intrusive to people’s privacy…..so, just a word of caution.

      But, yes, I do think that there ARE some ways that DRONES can assist an LA on a project. Maybe I’m just “old school” having been in this profession for over 40 yrs……and NEW ideas are always worth exploring. But, just like “preliminary designs”, IMO, hand drawn sketches need to come first…..to be loose and open-minded with your ideas. Computers can’t replace “great hand sketches”. I have visited and interviewed with some of the TOP LA firms in the World and the Principal LAs at those firms explained to me that for all of their projects……they always begin with “hand sketches”…then, move onto computers.

      J. Robert (Bob) Wainner

      • Hi Robert – thanks for your comments. I do state that “UAV technology can’t replace the skill and experience of an in-person site review”, so you’d get no argument from me. With regards to privacy I also point out multiple times the importance of FAA rules and regulations, which includes privacy concerns.

  • Great summary, and this is an excellent topic for LA’s to be engaged in. With licensure constantly under attack right now anything that focuses on Health, Welfare, and Safety is huge. Good stuff.

  • I’ve worked for studios in the past that hired Architects in an LA studio. I’d look at mid-sized boutique firms that specialize in Public Works and going after Awards and such.

  • Interesting numbers if accurate – and I have no reason to believe they aren’t. It feels right anyway.

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