Student Opportunities

CREATIVE STUDY TOUR

Every spring, a limited number of students travel to meet creative professionals across a range of creative disciplines. The goal of this experience is to learn how various professionals define, develop, and practice creativity. Past locations have included New York City, Chicago, Nashville, and St Louis. To be considered, students must submit an essay expressing insight into their personal creative process and how this trip may help it evolve. For more information, contact Ryan Hargrove.

STUDENT CHAPTER OF THE ASLA

The UK Student Chapter of the ASLA serves as the official voice of the student body: their purpose is to advocate for their profession and for their peers. As such, the Student Chapter advances student involvement in the profession of landscape architecture. They are the primary organizers of the annual UKLA Career Fair and strengthen connections between the professional world and our BSLA program through networking events. Moreover, they motivate their classmates to produce their best work; their aim is to assist our program in producing designs that keep sustainability, resiliency, and future generations in mind. For more information, contact faculty advisor, Jordan Phemister.


Professional Preparation

Our weekly announcement of advertised jobs and internships is open to current students and alumni. Contact Christina Wilson to subscribe.

INTERNSHIPS

We urge all students to pursue internships to increase their professional competence. While professional practice experience is beneficial at any time, our students typically complete an internship between the third and fourth years of the program. Students have the option of receiving course credit for their internships. Credit-earning internships require enrolling in LA 399. Contact the department Internship Coordinator, Carolina Segurafor more information.

NATIONAL ASLA and KENTUCKY CHAPTER OF THE ASLA

We recommend students join the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Membership is free to students. Benefits include a digital subscription to Landscape Architecture Magazine; membership in one of 20 Professional Practice Networks that help connect you to others who share your professional interests; new mentorship program to bring together students and professionals; and free access to ASLA online learning, JSTOR, and Virtual Portfolio Review.

We also encourage students to join ASLA Kentucky to increase their professional opportunities before graduation. Membership includes reduction in costs for Kentucky ASLA events and applications; a magazine subscription; access to job postings; and a one-year membership post-graduation.

LARE REVIEW

Annual Landscape Architecture Registration Examination (LARE) review led by Professor Emeritus Thomas Nieman.


Life After the UK BSLA

The University of Kentucky Landscape Architecture Program was named by Design Intelligence as one of the most hired-from programs in landscape architecture. Graduates of the UK BSLA program go on to careers that involve work in many facets of landscape architecture, graduate education in landscape architecture and related fields, and in divergent career paths that use the design and thinking skills they developed at UK. We value our alumni network and work to connect our current students with them for professional development and career opportunities. The alumni below represent a small slice of our more than 600 graduates and illustrate the range of career opportunities you might pursue with a BSLA from UK.

MOST OF OUR BSLA ALUMNI PRACTICE IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS

Design Firm

Boyd Sewe (2015), SHP

Lauren (Fraley) Hawley (2011), Perkins + Will

Aaron Elswick (2013), NBWLA

Will Coleman (2013), DIG, Denver  

Design / Build 

Richard Weber (1984), Springhouse Gardens 

Bill Henkel (1976), Landscape Workshop

Federal, State, and Local Government 

Todd Palmeter (1993), CEO Parks of Greater Hamilton County

Julie Hensley (1986), former Director of Planning for Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission (CCPRC); ASLA LaGasse Medal winner

Julia Williams (1999), Louisville Metro Government

Natural and Cultural Resources 

Billy Van Pelt (1997), American Farmland Trust, interview in The Ambassador

Brenda Wheeler Williams (1988), Quinn Evans Architects

BSLA GRADUATES IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Mark Boyer (1992), director and faculty, Louisiana State University

Virginia Russell (1981), director and faculty, University of Cincinnati

David Tulloch (1992), faculty, Rutgers University

Travis Klondike (2015), research associate and faculty, NC State University

Morgan Dunay (2017), graduate student, Kansas State

Justin Menke (2013), graduate student, University of Oregon

BSLA ALUMNI FORGING PROFESSIONAL PATHWAYS OF THEIR OWN

Austin Sauer (2015), Photographer 

Jamie Adams (2008), NAI Isaac Commercial Properities 

Gary Pepper (1988), Waterfront Development Corporation