Design, nature, drawing, crafting, computers, gardening, art, psychology and culture; things that have always inspired me. They all perfectly blend together, along with many others, within the discipline of Landscape Architecture.
After graduating in Forestry & Engineering and working for a few years in environmental-related positions, I slowly realized that I wanted to have a more active role in the shaping of human and natural landscapes. So I took a deep breath, quit my job, and I came to Sheffield to study a Masters Degree. After two years of hard work - exhausting work -, I find myself now at the gates of my graduation, and I realize it has been one of my best decisions ever.
It is a practical course, well organized and with a strong ecological ethos and a hands-on approach. One starts designing and messing around from the very beginning and there is little cramming, as there are almost no tests. But, hey, it doesn’t mean it’s an easy way.
All in all, studying at Sheffield has been a great experience, I have met amazing people and I feel well equipped to go out there and start a thrilling career as a Landscape Architect.
Art Practice and Deisgn Module – 2nd Year
Art Practice & Landscape Design is a second year’s module. It is about exploring conceptual landscapes and artists, experimenting with materials, and designing through crafting and serendipity. It was one of the first time I was dealing with such terms and I enjoyed the process very much.
I worked on a conceptual garden “frozen” in time and space where planting seeds are embedded within translucent bio-plastic of different colours, heights and textures. The idea was to reflect on the meaning of gardens, the role of the seed bank and the use of plastics.
Introduction to Landscape Design & Introduction to Landscape Construction
This is the first design project we did in the Masters and it was fun. It is developed through two modules: Introduction to Landscape Design & Introduction to Landscape Construction.
The idea was to redevelop a dull, underused inaccessible terrace, located between the Arts Tower Concourse and Weston Park. The limited space, trafficked ramp and the height differences were a bit of a challenge.
I tried to create a flow of micro-spaces to welcome pedestrians and allow for different moods and uses. A series of overlapped cubes give character to the site and serve as steps to reach existing entrances to the library.
Ecological Design Module – Year 1
2nd Year Final Project
Well, in this module everything comes together. Here you get to choose your own site, you write your own brief and you try to implement all the skills you have been acquiring for two years. It’s a real challenge and requires a lot of energy. I felt completely lost at some points, but happily find my way in the end.
I dealt with a no-man’s land in my hometown, Madrid. Constrained between an International Airport, several highways and a huge Urban development, the site was a mess of excavation heaps on the verge to become a marginal void. The planning aimed to tie the site back to the city and bring activities to the edge while reserving some areas for wildlife. The design proposal embraced the on-going processes of erosion and ecological succession to create an striking landscape in constant change.