I was fortunate to have an amazing experience in Alex Robinson’s river studio where we worked with actual physical hydraulic modeling — the project has furthered my understanding of river natural processes and made me a believer in the transformative potential of the LA River; having the chance to interact with Gerdo Aquino (SWA) who broadened my understanding of the potential of what landscape could be; and I enjoyed an interesting and very relevant topic studio about the Metro westward purple line subway expansion in Rachel Berney’s studio. The program somewhat prepared me for the profession locally in terms of a more sustainable approach for the local region with knowledge about native plants and water conservation. I think the program could improve on analysis of case studies and projects, the restorative value of plants as filters for contaminants, the ecology of plants, and 3D modeling.
Tina (MLA 2013 and two-time National Olmsted Scholar Finalist)
Tina is currently working at SWA (Los Angeles) as the lead designer and project manager on a luxury condominium landscape in Jakarta, Indonesia with Johnson Fain (Los Angeles). She’s also the lead designer and project manager for the landscape on a project for the Skid Row Housing Trust for homeless veteran housing with Michael Maltzan Architecture (Los Angeles). She is also participating pro-bono through SWA on the Streets for People project to help communities create temporary outdoor space from underutilized roads and parking areas.