Fall Field trip to Study Water and Watershed Issues in Eastern Virginia

Landscape Architecture students gained valuable career insight on a three-day field trip to Virginia Beach for the annual Virginia ASLA conference and tours with regional practitioners.

In mid-September, students visited with landscape architecture and architecture firms to learn about dynamic practices and how diverse the profession can be, even in one city. Students met with Virginia Tech alumnus (Stephen Talley, Doug Mettler, Ricky Wiatt and Logan Yeingst) as well as other leaders of the firm, at the Williamsburg branch of VHB for an open house on Thursday. On Friday, students toured the Yorktown Waterfront with VHB to review the longtime work done by Carlton Abbott and Partners and VHB. VIA Design (Keith Oliver, PLA) hosted a lunch at their office in downtown Norfolk before WPA Architects (Mel Price and Rick Alexander) led a spirited tour of the rejuvenated downtown district. After a short drive across the peninsula, alumnus Billy Almond, president and principal landscape architect at WPL, and Chris Gorri, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, lead a tour of the Brock Environmental Center. Students learned about rising sea level, LEED certification, and living buildings.

Saturday, the VA ASLA hosted student attendance at the annual Virginia ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture. VA ASLA president and VT faculty member, Dr. C.L. Bohannon and Mike Fox, VA ASLA immediate Past-President welcomed the students. Students and faculty spent the day participating in continuing education sessions ranging from landscape architecture in governmental affairs to watershed preservation planning. This two-pronged field trip provided valuable networking opportunities for undergraduate and masters students as well as Ph.D. candidates.

Thank you to our generous sponsors who helped provide this opportunity to over thirty-five students and faculty.