Student Profiles: LAR Masters Programs

Kassandra Bryant
BA, Health Science, Howard University
Kassandra Bryant comes to landscape architecture by way of studies in medicine. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Kassandra’s interest in urban health, led her to undergraduate studies in health science at Washington DC’s Howard University and later a position managing a small community-based clinic. More recently, as an administrator for a company managing LEED-certified properties, Kassandra discovered an overlap between design and human well being, and ultimately her desire to pursue graduate studies focusing on issues of urban sustainability.

Nicole Hersch
BA, Communications & Public Relations, San Diego State University
Nicole Hersch has a background in horticulture, plant propagation, and community projects. Nicole completed her Masters of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech in Fall 2017, and she is expecting to complete her MLA in Fall 2018. During the Fall 2018 semester, she worked for the campus landscape architect as a student designer. Beyond her studies, Nicole is working to help increase the number of native plants used on the campus with a focus on the Stroubles Creek Watershed. She now works with the Stroubles Creek Restoration Initiative and has started a native plant propagation program.

Amelia Hulshult
BLA, Landscape Architecture, Virginia Tech
A native of New Hampshire, Amelia traveled down to Virginia Tech in 2013 to study landscape architecture and minoring in horticulture. Through her journey as an undergrad, Amelia found her passion for community engagement, which she pursued in her 5th-year senior project, Revitalizing Bluefield, Virginia: An Asset-Based Community Design Approach. Her newfound passion influenced her to carry on her studies here at Virginia Tech. As a graduate student, she plans to focus on the process of community engagement methods such as Community Based Participatory Research or Participatory Action Research in Landscape Architecture.

Yuhui Tian
BA, Landscape Architecture, Wuhan Institute and Sciences of Design, China
Yuhui, an international student from Wuhan, interned at WE ARE Beginning Landscape Design Company as an undergraduate student. She came to the United States to improve her professional skills to become a professional landscape architect. As an Advanced MLA student, she is focusing in urban hydrology. Since Yuhui experienced massive flooding in her hometown at a very young age, she hopes to use her studies to help solve flooding and waterlogging problems in her hometown.