I am a BCSLA Intern and chose to answer all three:
What makes you proud to be a landscape architect?
A landscape architect can create beauty, lightness, refreshment, awareness and a conscienceness about environment and our humanity’s mutual intra-dependency on it. We can create designs with materials that are universal, natural, healthy, forgiving, and with the exception of public safety and welfare, we are not constrained as much by corners, walls, and doors. Our designs can be creative, healing, and appealing to a wide consumer group especially in outdoor spaces. What makes me proud? That landscape architects can be included in all professions: architecture, engineering, geography, planning, research, earth sciences, and life sciences.
That landscape architects come from all these professions and usually we have full career circles. The circles always seem to come back to landscape architecture, the environment and people. The circles all intersect at an important human attribute – nurturing. I started out in nursing and ended up in Landscape Architecture.
What is the coolest part of being in landscape architecture?
The coolest part is the sky is the limit if you wish to go far enough. Imagination and vision are the gifts of a good designer and a landscape architect and those will take the profession far.
How does landscape architecture make the world a better place?
In any career, you can go as far and as high as you can when you want to achieve and make that difference! Nursing taught me how to delegate, lead, give and sacrifice. Landscape architecture taught me how to bring earth, green space, beauty, healthy environments, clean air and clean water into my design work. As a person who loves nature, people and the combination thereof which embodies the profession of landscape architecture, I believe that the human body and nature are parallel and connected to each other. Healing the human body and healing landscapes are intertwined. Taking those attributes, talents, and passion and putting them into a profession, that is Landscape Architecture. Landscape Architects help everyone make a difference. We help to knit the professional world together on design projects and make that work whole for the betterment of any project.
World LA Month 2010