April is World Landscape Architecture Month, so we decided to sit down with two of Cline Design’s Landscape Architects and talk about their career in this specific field of study.
Why is landscape architecture important to the design community?
Janet: It is a design field that is broad reaching in its expertise and encourages a more collaborative and comprehensive approach to design.
If there were one piece of wisdom you could pass on to the next generation of landscape architects/planners, what would it be?
Janet: Every difficult design challenge is not a hurdle to overcome, but an opportunity to create something great.
Elliot: The technology around us is changing every day and you’ll need to learn it and use it. But you’ll still need to know how to take out a roll of trace and quickly sketch through your concepts and ideas.
What inspired you to become a landscape architect/planner?
Elliot: I grew up working at my grandparent’s landscape nursery during the spring and summer. I also grew up with a love of sketching, drawing, and creating art. Landscape architecture seemed to be the perfect combination of these two worlds that I had been living in for so long.
What are your top 3 favorite projects you worked during your time here at Cline Design?
Janet: PPD, 140 West, and The Cardinal.
Elliot: 1) Gateway Gardens – After it was built I got to take my 4 year old daughter to the grand opening. Watching her experience a project I had put a lot of effort and thought into made for a really amazing day. 2) Sojourn Glenwood Place – One of the highlights of a project is getting positive feedback from the client and the feedback we got back for this project was really positive. Seeing a project get built and knowing that the design decisions you made were the right ones is a great feeling. 3) Lonnie Poole Clubhouse – We designed a fire pit seating area that has amazing views of the sunset and Downtown Raleigh. It’s great to see a space get built and end up being a place that people really enjoy being in.