1. Tell us a little about your career trajectory since you graduated from UT. 
Upon graduating in 2019 I went directly to work for Design Workshop in Austin. After almost two years, I transferred to the Aspen office where I have remained. I have enjoyed the career growth, the project variety, and the mountain lifestyle since being here.

2. Tell us a bit about your current firm and projects or type of work you are doing.
Design workshop pursues a wide variety of project types, which tend to align with the markets of our office locations. In Austin, I was involved with more public planning, city parks, and corporate landscapes. In Aspen, I am working primarily on residential projects and open space/conservation work.   

3. Are you licensed? If yes, when did you get licensed and do you have anything to say about that process?
Not yet. I have passed two of the four LARE exams and will be taking the remaining two this year (2023). I would say that there is no huge rush to becoming licensed. Focus on becoming a good designer first. 

4. Do you have a favorite professional project you have worked on? Why did it have such impact for you? 
My favorite project is the one that’s on my desk at any given moment. Each has something special, whether it’s a challenging space, a fantastic client, or a special design team. 
5. Any fond memories of your time at UTK that you would like to share?
 We took class trips to Philadelphia, Boston, and Central Florida. I had a great time exploring those places with my cohort and getting away from my computer. 

6. Why did you join your present firm? 
I was attracted to the project variety and the legacy of the firm. As a new professional, it was helpful to join an established firm with an extensive portfolio. The collective experience and exposure to quality projects has benefited me tremendously. 

7. What drew you to landscape architecture? 
My undergraduate studies in biology and anthropology didn’t lead me to any careers I was interested in. I wanted to do something creative, nature based, and intellectually stimulating, but didn’t know what that would be. I was bartending in Knoxville’s Old City when an MLA student (Sara Newton - 2017) came in for a drink. She spoke highly of the program, and I decided to look into it myself. The rest is history!
8. What skills that you learned in your MLA program have you found to be the most helpful?
Learning effective ways to communicate ideas graphically (sketches, diagrams.)   

9. How would you summarize what you do?
Put simply I try to solve spatial, environmental, and social problems. 
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