What kind of work are you doing?
I am doing landscape design and planning for the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation (OCLP) in Boston.
What led you to your current position?
My interest in place in all of its messy particulars and details paired with a love of the holistic and systematic thinking at the core of landscape architecture.
What attracted you to the firm or position?
Working at the OCLP gives me the opportunity to use knowledge and skills I learned during my dual degree program in Landscape Architecture and Historic Preservation at PennDesign. It’s really wonderful to work in an office that allows me to further develop in both of these areas.
How did your studies at PennDesign prepare you for your work there?
It would be impossible to name all of the individual ways that PennDesign prepared me as a design professional. I can summarize by saying that both programs were rigorous and that I graduated with 1) a sound foundation of theory that enables me to be thoughtful and critical about my design work, 2) the technical skills that allow me to represent my design work, and 3) the confidence to present, defend, and edit my design work.
What courses, studios or instructors had the greatest influence on your work or thinking?
Randy Mason and Richard Weller both advised my thesis work and otherwise mentored me through my courses at PennDesign. They each pushed me to do good work by challenging and provoking me into overcoming the hurdles that inevitably come up in creative endeavors. They offered critique while still respecting my perspective and intellectual ownership of my work.
What was the best part of studying at PennDesign? In Philly?
The friendships I developed with other students, faculty, and staff were the best part of studying at PennDesign. Philly is a vibrant, complicated, challenging, invigorating city full of opportunities to get lost and to learn. Both PennDesign and Philly were amazing places to call home during my graduate work.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Licensed as a landscape architect and, with any luck, living in Philly.
Are you keeping in touch with classmates, students or faculty?
I am. As many as I possibly can.
Any words of advice for prospective students?
Trust the process.