Career and Professional Development

Career and Professional Development

Career and Professional Development

Photograph of UKLA students at the 2022 Design Career Fair

We take professional development seriously.

Graduates of UK's 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 through various initiatives such as our annual career fair (pictured above), internships, and guest visits from area professionals. In addition, UKLA students receive regular instruction from paraprofessionals—professionals working in various aspects of landscape architecture who assist our studio and technical courses.  

Alumni Profiles

We are really proud of our alumni.

Here are some of their stories.

Photograph of Adam Anderson

Director of Epidemiology and Data Science

Adam currently serves as the Director of Epidemiology and Data Science at the Adams County Health Department in Colorado. He is also adjunct faculty at the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado, where he teaches GIS and spatial analysis for health research. In addition to his BSLA from UK, he also received a Master of Urban and Regional Planning and Master of Public Health.

Adam’s professional and academic work began in landscape architecture and land-use planning, focusing on developing and building our cities. This evolved into public health, where he continues to examine these issues in the context of how communities, cultures, and the physical environment influence population-level health. He specializes in understanding and collecting health, demographic, and community data—integrating them in a way that recognizes the complexity in the distribution and explanation of health outcomes and the spread of diseases. This involves analyzing these relationships through GIS, statistical modeling, community engagement, and creating data dissemination products through thoughtful graphic design and web-based data applications. Through these processes, Adam is committed to improving our communities, resources, and opportunities for health.

photograph of Colleen Clines

Co-Founder and CEO

Colleen values how design can become the tool for sustainable solutions to gender inequality, social injustice, and environmental degradation. She combines this passion as a social entrepreneur and impact designer through her work at Anchal. Colleen leads the overall strategic and operational planning for Anchal’s programs, partnerships, expansion, and execution of its mission.

A Louisville native with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Kentucky, Colleen earned her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). In 2013, she was named one of Public Interest Design’s Top Global 100 designers, Louisville Business First’s 2016 Forty under 40 List, and awarded the 2017 NAWBO Humanitarian Award. Colleen has shared Anchal's mission and design thinking model as a keynote speaker at gatherings including the Fair Trade Federation National Conference, NY NOW, the Ali Center's Daughters of Greatness Series, Creative Mornings Louisville, and Alt Summit.

Photograph of Lauren Fraley

Landscape Architect and Urban Designer

Lauren is a landscape architect and urban designer who specializes in playful landscapes and public-realm design. She wants everyone to have access to the health and creativity that come from exploring parks and open spaces like the hundred-acre farm she grew up on in Central Kentucky. She is interested in the processional, layered experience that makes every place distinct, giving rise to the deep connection that develops as a person traverses a site and its landmarks.

In her eight+ years at Perkins and Will, working on domestic and international projects of all types and scales, she has established herself as an expert at making sense of challenging site conditions. Her talent lies in understanding the nuances of a site at its most intimate scale while grounding her designs in the large-scale issues that affect topography, sightlines, history, and environment. 

Photograph of Simone Heath

Director of Data, Research, Innovation & Policy

Simone is a skilled urban planner and designer with an expertise in data collection and visualization and innovative community engagement techniques. She has worked on a range of projects; from neighborhood plans to parking and multimodal studies. With a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from the University of Kentucky and Masters in Town and Country Engineering from Tongji University in Shanghai and City and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech, she leverages her comprehensive understanding of community planning and experience to bridge diverse segments of communities and create context specific solutions. Her past roles as planner and designer for the Sizemore Group, Stantec and the City of Atlanta's Atlanta City Studio have led to her current role as the Director of Data, Research, Innovation & Policy (DRIP) for the Partnership for Southern Equity. 

Photograph of Travis Klondike

Assistant Research Professor

Travis is an Assistant Research Professor in the Coastal Dynamics Design Lab (CDDL) and the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at North Carolina State University. In addition to teaching studios, his work in the CDDL focuses on helping rural North Carolina communities better adapt to natural hazards and climate change through use of a “floodprint” planning approach specifically catered to each community’s unique set of needs.

Using contemporary methods of geospatial analysis, community engagement, visual narration, and grant writing, the CDDL has helped raise over $5M in implementation funds to help build resilience-focused projects in underserved communities throughout North Carolina. Projects that Travis has managed have been recognized by the national American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the North Carolina chapter of ASLA professional awards programs, included in various publications, and resulted in multiple federally funded grants. These outcomes ensure that the CDDL can provide continued technical assistance to communities for years to come. Travis is a proud graduate of the University of Kentucky Landscape Architecture program from the class of 2015. Go Cats!

Contact Information

Christopher K. Sass, Ph. D.
Associate Professor and Chair

S305 Agriculture Science Building 1100 S. Limestone Lexington, KY 40546-0091

+1 (859) 257-7295