On April 5th, IMASLA members Kent Watson, Lynda Wightman, and Kate Dinsmore met with the Montana State University (MSU) landscape design program faculty and students. The MSU program is working towards becoming an accredited landscape architecture program. Over lunch with about 25 students, the professionals talked to the students about the benefits of ASLA for student members, learned about the MSU program, and answered student questions.
The students were interested in additional opportunities to interact with local landscape architecture professionals. Some ideas for professionals to engage with the students include internships, job shadowing, office visits, or portfolio reviews.
Student engagement and support of the landscape architecture programs within our chapter are important for promoting and building landscape architecture. Professional engagement with the students will help build more robust programs and raise awareness of landscape architecture within our communities. If you’re interested in being more involved with our chapter’s landscape architecture students, you’re encouraged to reach out to the chapter or the program to find out how you can contribute.
Kate Dinsmore, PLA, SITES AP