To closeout Landscape Architecture Month, we're highlighting our newest landscape architecture team member Lia Delucchi, and why she chose landscape architecture.
At the beginning of junior year of high school, when the college application process began, my parents encouraged me to think about what I wanted to do in the future. This was mainly to make sure I was applying to the right schools that carried towards my major. Apart from my younger self having an interest in animals and always playing some type of sport, I also loved to draw and sketch out what I thought my stuffed animals and dolls' bedrooms would look like if they were to have one. Then in high school, I was introduced to the concept of architecture. I was complimented on my organizational skills and precise way of thinking, which are two great qualities for an architect to have. I was fortunate enough to shadow a few local firms, who explained the various pathways into the realm of architecture that one could take. After taking four years of ceramics and studio art, I knew this would be a great fit for me.
I was accepted into Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo's Landscape Architecture program in 2018 and will never forget the excitement I felt. Despite having no real experience within the profession, I decided to go for it! I remember enjoying being able to express creativity for the better of a space or people. Learning about how many different jobs a Landscape Architecture should be able to tackle/ have knowledge on always amazed me for the opportunities I would have post-graduation.
Not to forget, I have a huge love for flowers. Before my father started his career as a firefighter, he owned his family's flower shop and nursery in San Francisco. I always love seeing the work he did and helping him when I could. I utilized his plant knowledge when studying for my weekly plant identification quizzes and his tips on planting design.
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Happy Landscape Architecture Month!
To kick off the month, we will be highlighting some of our Landscape Architecture staff throughout the month of April. Learn more about Senior Associate, Brett Long, and his journey to finding the landscape architecture profession!
When I was 13; my dad who grew up on a farm and wanted me to gain an appreciation for physical labor, got me a summer job landscaping where we lived in South Lake Tahoe. Initially, it was really hard work for a 90 lb. kid and I hated it. But I kept at it and continued landscaping jobs among others through college. In high school I was lucky to have a drafting class and had some art in my background from my father who was also an art teacher.
I grew up appreciating outdoor spaces with my childhood split between Bermuda and Lake Tahoe. When it was time to decide about college my background in landscaping seemed to come together and I relished the idea of being the guy pointing with plans in his hands rather than at the backend of a shovel. I was fortunate to get a track and field scholarship to Cal Poly Pomona where there was an excellent Landscape Architecture program.
After college my adventures of landscape architecture really took off and continues amaze me. From living and designing resorts in the islands of the Caribbean, Mexico, and Hawaii to shore zone restoration in Lake Tahoe I have had a varied experience. The past 15 years my work has been focused on recreation and athletics and our current work at Lloyd Consulting Group is always dynamic and expanding. We are fortunate to be involved in many complex and high profile projects that satisfy our design craving and connect us to the sports world. -- BRETT LONG, PLA, QSD
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