Twenty Six Hours in the Real-World Weeds

Students and landscape architects – side by side at Texas A&M since 1972

Members of the Texas A&M chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) have the opportunity to work directly with professionals in their intended career fields.

Step outside and take a look at the world around you. Parks, gardens and plazas are just a few of the spaces landscape architects design. Members of the Texas A&M chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) all share a passion for nature and designing outdoor spaces.

ASLA strives to unite students in an effort to fulfill educational and social needs as well as broaden the understanding of the profession and the society. They are an organization comprised of about 50 members, and they function because of generous support from the Landscape Architecture Development Fund.

The Landscape Architecture Development Fund was established in 1996 by the late Gene Schrickel Jr ’50, and his wife, Helen. Since its establishment, dozens of former students have collectively contributed more than $125,000 to the fund, including Susan and Dennis Jerke ’78, generous donors and active volunteers in the college.

The fund is an invaluable resource for the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, providing discretionary support for the program’s students and faculty. Since its inception, it has been used to support scholarships, student travel to the Texas Society of Landscape Architects annual convention, student organizations, former student gatherings and the annual Aggie Workshop.

Est. in 1972
The idea of the Aggie Workshop was conceived in 1971, when several students approached the faculty with the idea to host an event dedicated specifically to landscape architecture. One short year later, that idea became reality.

Aggie Workshop was organized with the intent of providing an opportunity for students to work directly with professionals in their intended career fields and has evolved into one of the most highly anticipated annual events hosted by the Texas A&M University College of Architecture.

The Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning Career Fair (LAUP) traditionally is held the day before the workshop begins. This year, the fair is Feb. 21, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in Langford Architecture Building A. The career fair will serve as an opportunity for students to meet with firms looking to hire Texas A&M graduates.

Aggie Workshop 2013 will allow students to attend design charrettes, where they will work closely with landscape architecture professionals on real-world projects.

Crazy for Charrettes
Aggie Workshop 2013 will be held in the two days following the LAUP Career Fair, where students will attend design charrettes, working closely for 26 hours with landscape architecture professionals on real-world projects from the hosting firms.

“My favorite part of workshop is, without a doubt, the design charrettes,” said Robby Gilpin ’12, ASLA’s workshop chair. “They allow us to work side by side with landscape architect professionals on real-world projects. It’s a great opportunity for us as students to see what a professional actually does.”

There are also three socials held after the groups break for the evenings, allowing students to unwind and share experiences with one another, including a formal casino night held off campus.

Of Note
The 2013 Aggie Workshop will feature keynote speakers Dennis Pieprz and Michael Grove from Sasaki Associates Inc. Pieprz and Grove will advise students to collaborate during the design process, and encourage them to integrate a multitude of skills into their final projects.

Students interested in attending the workshop may register online for a whirlwind of hard work, fun and professional experience.

By Anna Eubank ’13


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