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Members of the Professional Practice Networks (PPNs) were recently surveyed about their career paths in landscape architecture. Responses were varied and had many insightful comments and suggestions, which will be shared and discussed with everyone here over the next few months.

Last time, we focused on the top choices for favorite cities and regions to work in, which covered much of the United States: the Pacific Northwest, Southern California and the Bay Area, the Midwest, New York City, and New England. This week, we’ll focus on a few less frequent picks, ranging from international locations to regions in the United States you might not have considered landscape architecture hot spots before.

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Southeast

  • “Culturally rich, and the general public has knowledge of and respects the profession.”
  • “Things grow fast so you can see (relatively immediate) results in a few years versus a decade.”
  • “The Southeast has a great planting palette and the right amount of regulation to provide plenty of landscape, but not over regulated to tie the designer’s hands too much to do anything fun.”
  • “The Delta—anywhere between Memphis and New Orleans. It’s mostly emotional and nostalgic for me, but also the rich culture, the range of economies, the beauty of the land, the potential I see.”
  • “Hilton Head, South Carolina, and the Virginia Tidewater area—the sense and respect for the protection and importance of nature and our environmental surroundings.”
  • “Charleston and the South Carolina Low Country—the culture, the urbanism, the history, and the passion for the landscape.”

Southwest

  • “Limited plant palette requires selected creativity within this harsh environment.”
  • “Complexity of natural systems.”
  • “People think the desert is void of life, but it has incredible plant and wildlife ecosystems—it’s dramatic and subtle at the same time. So many hidden treasures!”

New York’s Hudson Valley

  • “Wide range of landscapes and proximity to New York City, Boston, the Adirondacks, Vermont, and the Finger Lakes.”
  • “Combination of incredible natural beauty, rich history and culture, growing arts communities, passion for land protection.”

Baltimore

  • “There are very disparate groups of people; I enjoy the challenge of bringing them together.”
  • “People who care about the quality of their community.”
  • “In the industrial ruins of Baltimore—invites a balance of new work within existing infrastructure.”

Northern Colorado

  • “It’s my community, a very pedestrian-oriented, get-outside kind of place with good design principles.”

Michigan

  • “Love the native landscape in Michigan. So much variation of plants and challenging soils—either sandy or clay.”
  • “All of the water! Plus there are more landscapes than you could imagine: sandy beaches, rocky shores, mountains (very small!), rolling hills, lakes, streams, wetlands...”

Houston

  • “Many opportunities and tremendous growth.”
  • “Mix of urban, suburban, rural, prairie, woods, and coastal environs.”
  • “Strong residential market for landscape architects, and the climate is conducive for work year-round.”

Hawaii

  • “Need you ask?”

International

Ontario, Canada

Calgary, Canada

Latin America

  • “The culture, the people, the opportunity to help clients understand stewardship and the role of a landscape architect.”
  •  “I like how unstandardized and unsterile this region is, in combination with a really flora-rich, lush palette. These countries are striving to create their own self-identity in their works of art and architecture.”

Europe

  • “History, ability to take side trips as part of meetings/site visits.”

Africa / Developing Nations

  • “The level of excitement and interest that those you are working for show in the project.”

China

  • “Solving massive environmental problems.”



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