Landscape students get stuck into summer placements
Students in the Department of Landscape have been busy getting stuck into their summer placements in the UK and further afield.
Summer placements form an important complement to both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and provide students with the opportunity to experience a wide range of different types of Landscape Architecture practices first hand.
Placements are optional and students choose where they want to go, which gives them the chance to develop their own interests and do something that excites them.
If needed, the Department of Landscape is able to offer support with securing placements through links to practices and organisations.
From restoring a 16th century farmhouse to keeping plants alive through one of the longest recent droughts, read the stories below to see how Department of Landscape students have been keeping busy this summer.
Alice Hare & Emma Beaumont BA Landscape Architecture
What? Farmhouse restoration project
Where? Cevenne National Park, France
"We stayed in a 16th century stone house where we helped restore its grounds. Tasks included clearing terraces of large rocks and stones that we then turfed and sewed grass seed on. We helped restore dry-stone walls that were damaged or broken. We also removed ivy from the walls to prevent them from weakening. The project was an amazing experience not just because of its beautiful surroundings but the new hands on knowledge that we gained. We now have more understanding of how topography and vegetation work together in these remote mountainous regions."
"My main duties are to assist the Project Landscape Architects in their work. This includes doing research on different sites and ideas, masterplan development in AutoCAD, creating visuals for vision documents, working on large-scale sites and developing 3-dimensional models. My placement has helped me a lot in terms of understanding a working environment and practical issues in a U.K. context, which will inform my design and work decisions in the future. Overall the placement has made me more confident for my second year at university and the future beyond."
"Being part of the curatorial team at Wisley during one of the longest droughts in years meant that a large part of the daily routine was watering their vast collection of plants. I learnt the signs that show plants are struggling and which plant types require more care during this challenging time. My time at Wisley has been invaluable, I have gained a wealth of knowledge in the maintenance and management required to keep large scale gardens and the plants within them healthy. I felt at home with the team from day one and have enjoyed working with people who love plants and the outdoors as much as I do."
"My main duties are varied. I get involved in the design process at any stage: from conceptual drawings to hardscape detailing. What I probably spend most time doing is creating masterplans and rendering images. Working at Ares has given me the chance to put my skills into practice. In a few weeks I have became much more efficient and independent at work. Some tasks that used to take days to produce, now take a matter of hours. I have so much freedom and responsibility that I have learned how to manage my time in a very practical way."
"I worked on a variety of landscape planning and urban design projects. I helped create a Design Guide for a village, which is a document that looks to provide a framework for future development. This involved an initial site visit focusing on building layout and materials, green infrastructure, street furniture, car parking, nodes and gateways. My placement has improved my knowledge of landscape planning and the role of landscape architects within a global multi-disciplinary company. It was great to see projects through from start to finish. The field work and site visits I went on were also a highlight."