Putting theory into practice

A summer internship has given Victoria University landscape architecture student, Yousr Ali, an introduction to the realities of landscape architecture in practice.

The internship was part of Boffa Miskell’s inaugural Victoria University 4th Year Student Landscape Architecture Award, which Yousr (pictured left, with Frazer Baggaley and Victoria University Program Director, Martin Bryant) received for the impressive depth of research, innovation and fresh thinking that she incorporated into her Whaka-Ora student design project about daylighting the Waitangi Stream.

As an employer of many Victoria University graduates, Boffa Miskell decided last year to recognise and support the university’s landscape architecture programme by establishing the award and contributing to the teaching. Frazer Baggaley, Wellington Design Team Leader and Michael Hawes, Technical Leader Design, played an active role in the programme by running student design critiques and presenting guest lectures. Having been involved throughout the year, they were well-placed to select the award recipient.

Yousr completed her internship through our Wellington office, working with the urban design team on the Paraparaumu town centre project. She found the opportunity to experience applied design in a real situation both interesting and valuable, before embarking on the final year of her Masters Degree.

“In practice, you are working with limitations that you don’t face while studying. At university, student’s designs are never built but, in practice, you learn that every line means something; there are financial, material and safety implications so you have to be realistic and pragmatic, yet not limit creativity.”

Boffa Miskell will continue to develop what will hopefully be a successful and ongoing relationship with Victoria University. We look forward to working with the landscape architecture teaching staff and students this year and the exciting prospect of finding next summer’s intern.

For further information please contact Frazer Baggaley

20 April 2017