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Certification Class was No Picnic


Certification Class was No Picnic

 

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I am fortunate to have found a profession that connects people and nature.  Landscape+Architecture…simple, right?  But that doesn't mean that I actually get to spend a lot of time directly connecting with nature in my daily work.  Instead, as with most working professionals, I spend the majority of my day in an office, either at my desk, in a conference room or in front of a computer.   Seniors spend more time indoors because access to outdoors becomes more challenging as they age.  Children have electronic entertainment keeping them indoors, and many haven’t really learned how to play and enjoy the outdoors.  People who grow up in highly urban areas may be afraid of nature. Yet, we inherently know that nature is good for us, we feel it in our bones.  It’s been proven with extensive research. We are a part of nature and it’s good for us to interact with it in whatever ways we can, even if it’s a view out a window (more on that later!).

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Landscape Architecture – Is that even a real thing?

I always wanted to be an architect for as long as I could remember.  Being an architect was admirable, commendable, goal worthy. People know what architects do. During the first year of architecture school all the little lumps of clay that are freshmen take the same classes where all the projects have an element of each of the three primary professions (urban planning, landscape architecture, and architecture) in order to expose us to the design world at large.  In all of my projects I made a box for the building and concentrated on all the “stuff” around it. I had no idea what that box should look like. I didn’t care, it didn’t matter, I would get to it later.  This was every single project.  My professor was surprised when I declared Architecture as my major. He insisted that I was a landscape architect. No way, that’s not even a real job. But eventually the realization did sink in, I was a landscape architect.

Crud, now I have to deal with the same bias, non-understanding and confusion that I myself had regarding my career path.  People don’t know what landscape architects do.  Heck they don’t know what to call us most of the time; landscaping architect, landscape designer, master gardener…...the list goes on.  Every new person I meet says the same thing when they find out what I do: “Cool! I need you to come look at my yard!” or “I have this tree in my backyard that’s…”.  Seriously, EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON.

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Interesting article on how an aging parent's relationship with their caregiving child can affect their health....   

http://purdue.imodules.com/s/1461/alumnus/index.aspx?sid=1461&gid=1001&pgid=1624

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