I recently graduated with my post-professional Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Cornell University in May 2012. This degree builds on my Bachelor's of Architecture professional degree from Illinois Institute of Technology in May 2009.
My 5-year goal is to obtain both my Architecture and Landscape Architecture licenses. Then I plan to take a step back and evaluate whether or not to return to academia as a professor.
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, Teaching Assitant
Spring Semester I Assisted Professor Kathryn Gleason, PhD, and Graduate School Chair with sophomore Studio. I helped with lesson planning, desk reviews and provided Adobe CS5 software tutorials for the students.
i received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for the year 2012
MoDE Architects, LLC, Chicago, IL, US, Summer Intern
I assisted MoDE Architects with Construction Drawings, project submittals, website development and site observation reports. Most of the projects were for Chicago Public Schools
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, Masters, Landscape Architecture
I was enrolled in the post-professional 2-year degree program. This was a comprehensive and fantastic experience where I learned plant care and identification, site engineering & construction, Urban Design and historic preservation techniques. Also, I had the privilege to TA for the Sophomore undergraduates and work with Kathryn Gleason, who was also my first LA studio professor.
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, IL, US, BArch, Architecture
I completed the 5-year professional degree program for my Bachelors of Architecture in 2009. This program was based on the teachings of Mies Van der Rohe, Alfred Caldwell and many other great architectural professionals. i think what I most appreciated about the program was the large amount of professors who were practicing architecture at the same time they were teaching. It was nice to have practical knowledge infused with the abstract. I learned about Less is More and More about...so many subjects! I had the chance to study abroad with the Paris Program not once but 3 times. Furthermore, their integrated Landscape Architecture program allowed me to focus my final semester on Landscape Architecture studios and classes. This experience forever shaped my career as a future dual-degree professional.
Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Award
This award is given out once a year to the top two Graduate Teaching Assistants in each department within Cornell university's College of Agricultural Life and Sciences. I received one of the 2 awards given within the Landscape Architecture Department. Also known as the "Golden Apple Award" each recipient receives a $100 bonus and a Gold Apple statue with their name engraved on it. The award takes place at the end of the year at a Luncheon in which the nominating professor introduces their TA to the CALS department and commends their work.
Parks for the People, Award
Parks for the People Award Ceremony: September 19 in Washington, D.C.
"Parks for the People is a design competition that reimagines America's most spectacular public places — its national parks — by using design as a catalyst to creatively rethink their connections to people and their role as revered natural, social, and cultural destinations. As the U.S. National Park Service embarks upon a new century of park design, Parks for the People has called on faculty and student teams across the nation to reimagine seven park sites in each geographic region of the U.S. In the spring of 2012, the nine Stage 1-winning teams are working to envision innovative ideas for the design and planning of the 21st-century national park. This summer and fall, we'll select the winners and celebrate their visions for welcoming, meaningful, healthy, and enduring public places — parks that are truly for the people."
In August 2011 Competition Brief was Distributed to schools across the nation. Our faculty lecturer put together our team from Cornell's Landscape Architecture Department, Graduates only, all whom were writing their theses. November 1 we submitted out Stage 1 Proposals for Jury/Advisory Committee Evaluation of Submissions. By December our team was one of Nine Studios Selected for Stage 2, and the only team selected for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area site.
By June our Studio Submitted our Final Project.
The Competition Results were published September 19, 2012 with Cornell finishing as a Finalist.