The course allows me to reflect my passions through my designs

James Earp
James Earp
Undergraduate student
Landscape Architecture BSc
Having worked as a landscaper, James chose landscape architecture to pursue his passion for the outdoors
James Earp

What was your favourite subject at school and why?

Design Technology and Woodwork. Designing and building stuff has always been a great passion of mine, right from a young age. Seeing the process develop from the initial concepts to the finished product is very satisfying!

Why did you decide to study Landscape Architecture at Sheffield?

Prior to university I worked as a landscaper for a few years, learning various practical skills of the trade. This, alongside my passion for the outdoors, lead me wanting to learn more about the profession and coined my ambition to study Landscape Architecture.

The BSc route was a no-brainer for me. I share a great interest in ecology and restoration, and choosing this route allowed me to reflect my passions through my designs and projects.

James Earp

Landscape Architecture, BSc

In what way (if any) was your course different from what you expected?

I started the course very open-mindedly, so I did not know what to expect. What was revealed was beyond what I could have imagined, and I enjoyed every minute!

What did you enjoy most about your course?

I couldn't narrow it down to anything specific as I enjoyed every moment, but if I could answer this questions with three points they'd be:

  • The 'family' feel of the course- how the department and students are close knit and are always helping each other out!
  • The course content - very interesting, engaging and insightful.
  • The opportunity to create your own personal unique designs and push your own ideas forward throughout your projects.
Award winning design project by undergraduate James Earp
James' final project 'Riverside Flow' was awarded the 2020 Sustainable Landscape Award (sponsored by Arcus)

What do you hope to do with your degree in the future?

Something along the lines of ecology and restoration, maybe even ultimately run my own practice!

What advice would you give to someone considering studying Landscape Architecture?

Do it! You won't regret it; it opens your eyes to so many new things and offers many corridors in life.

If you had to pick one stand out memory from your time in Sheffield, what would it be?

Nearly getting blown off the summit of Mam Tor on one of the windiest days of the year!

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