1. Tell us a little about your career trajectory since you graduated from UT.
I joined Arcadis (Formerly Carol R. Johnson Associates) in Knoxville, TN as a landscape design intern in 2012 and transitioned into a full-time role after graduation in 2013. In 9 years with Arcadis, my work included a wide range of projects, including higher education, streetscapes, parks / open space, and trail design and planning. In May of 2022, I joined the Tennessee RiverLine where I currently work as part of their Planning and Design team.
2. Tell us a bit about your current firm and projects or type of work you are doing.
At the Tennessee RiverLine, the Planning and Design team serves as the main creative and technical resource for both the RiverLine and its external project partners. We help curate the Tennessee RiverLine’s vision through community outreach and design initiatives that help our RiverTowns communities, partners, and stakeholders improve their relationship with the Tennessee River.  ​​​​​​​
3. What is your team like?
Our team is full of incredibly talented, fun, and hardworking individuals who, coincidentally, are all currently alumni of UT’s MLA program! Working with individuals that have such unique and thoughtful approaches to design continually inspires me to push the boundaries of my own creativity.
4. Are you licensed? If yes, when did you get licensed and do you have anything to say about that process?
I obtained my license in 2019. I highly recommend taking a LARE prep course, joining the LARE Exam Google Group forum, and sharing study materials with your classmates and co-workers as much as possible. There is an absurd amount of content to cover, so creating a plan that fits your study style well in advance is a must.  
5. Do you have any advice for future landscape architecture students?
There are so many different paths you can take during school and within the profession. Try not to get overwhelmed and just focus on your interests and the things you’re good at. There will likely be semesters, projects, and studios that are more successful than others, but treat all of these experiences as opportunities to learn and grow.
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