As you know, periodically we highlight students in the Landscape Architecture program to show incoming or potential students the background of our students and why they choose this profession and more specifically why they choose UCLA Extension. We are starting summer 2018 out with Amy Hite, here is what she has to say.

What year are you in the program?
I’m more than halfway through my second year.

Why did you choose UCLA Extension to study Landscape Architecture?
As a working designer and a mother of two, I needed an accredited program that worked with my busy schedule.

Do you have a favorite instructor and/or class in the program? Why?
I really enjoyed Design 4: Environmental Analysis and Planning with Jim Pickel. Jim’s passion for and knowledge of the landscape architecture profession is inspiring. The group work we did in this class felt very “real world” and analogous to actual projects at an office.

How well do you think this program is preparing you for the profession? I feel well qualified to get an entry level position at any landscape architecture firm. An additional bonus to this program is that they email us job leads almost every week.

If the phone rang right now and someone offered you your dream job, what would it be?
I want to create mixed-use spaces that incorporate restoration, sustainable agriculture and community. Basically I’m interested in any project that fosters the health of both ecological and human systems.

Who is your favorite Landscape architect or designer? Any specific site or project?
My favorite designers are bees, mud wasps, birds, beavers followed closely by human children. I have always been inspired by the work of Samuel Mockbee and the Rural Studio and by permaculture designers all over the world.

What advice would you give to incoming students?
Be prepared to dedicate at least 10-20 hours of your time per week to this program and take Sketchup your first quarter!

Do you have anything else to say about the program?
Students from any age, background or experience level will benefit from this program. This program teaches students how to move through the entire design process from concept to construction documents. The emphasis on practical applications over the theoretical prepares students to immediately and confidently enter the profession of landscape architecture.