How Did I Become a Landscape Architect?

It all started a few years ago now when I was studying science at university with the intention to be a vet. I had desperately wanted to work as a vet since my grade 10 work experience. I was hooked when I saw my first operation on a baby lama the day I arrived. However, years later while working towards this goal at university it changed. I was in the middle of an animal anatomy subject standing there cutting up a calf fetus. I realised this is not what I want to do anymore. So, as you do in life […]

Designing With Plants On Podiums – Problems You Need To Consider

As a designer, I am working on more projects where the garden does not touch the earth. They are becoming part of multistorey buildings or on top of car parks. They are climbing up walls and screening areas we don’t want to see. Designers are trying to spread the “green” across the city. Designing with plants on podiums and buildings is one way to do this. These types of gardens can be amazing. Yet, they are not without their challenges. A little thought at the beginning of a project can ensure a lot less pain later on when designing with […]

Understanding How the Design Process Works

I know there are many people out there that do not understand the design process. It seems to be some mystical thing where you start by talking to someone and end up with drawings of what looks to be a great space. There are several things you can do to make sure you as the client end up getting the results you want. Design is a cyclic process. Now, what do I mean by that? Designers use what is called a cyclic (occurring in circles) process to develop ideas (See Figure 1 below). Figure 1 ETC Model (Based on ETC […]