UTS Landscape Architecture student selected for inaugural internship program with top studio
Josh Gowers, UTS Landscape student and 2015-2016 ASPECT Studios intern working at ASPECT Studios.
Staff from ASPECT Studios, one of Australia’s most award-winning landscape architecture firms, recently dedicated their time to mentor a UTS student as part of a new three-month internship program.
Third year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture student, Josh Gowers, spent his summer holidays contributing towards the activation and analysis of a small harbourside park next to Google headquarters at Pyrmont, and closely witnessing the development of Sydney Zoo in Western Sydney.
Josh Gowers, UTS Landscape student and 2015-2016 ASPECT Studios intern.
“This first internship has been a successful and positive experience, so we are currently undertaking a companywide policy on internships as we have an ongoing series of associations with other academic institutions in Melbourne and overseas,” said Sacha Coles, Director at ASPECT Studios and Adjunct Professor in Landscape Architecture at UTS.
The pilot internship program was launched at the end of 2015 and is designed to provide professional experience for high achieving students. The idea was developed in conjunction with UTS Landscape Architecture after ASPECT staff tutored UTS students in an intensive design studio.
“We take the lessons from the design studio and apply them with a different kind of design thinking focused around real constraints and complex project briefs. The scope is broad and on any given day an intern may work on a regionally significant open space network, a city square or a community scale park,” he continued.
Working alongside a range of professional practitioners including urban planners, architects and designers, Josh was exposed to the importance of teamwork and good leadership:
“This whole experience has given me a deeper understanding of the realities that go into ‘citymaking’, and how valuable these skills are in determining the success and direction of a project. It’s been a definite confirmation of the great work and community that landscape architecture creates.”
With landscape architecture becoming an increasingly popular career path for students keen to shape the future of our cities, the discipline has finally started to overcome the misconception that it’s solely about designing gardens.
Sacha Coles, Director at ASPECT Studios.
“Now more than ever landscape architecture is understood and has a strong public profile”, explains Mr Coles.
“The fact that some of Sydney’s high-profile public projects such as Barangaroo Headland, The Goods Line and Sydney's Light Rail extension are being widely reported on in mainstream media, is having a transformative effect on the identity, performance and public life of our city.”
Thanks to this exposure, the UTS course saw a 53% increase in top three UAC preferences from prospective students applying to undertake the four-year program this year:
“Over the past few years, we’ve really worked towards showcasing the diverse nature of what we do and globally, how we can impact urban design, policy and sustainability practices,” says course director for the undergraduate Landscape Architecture degree, Simon Kilbane.
“Our incredibly valued partnership with ASPECT Studios provides another avenue to helps us develop design professionals who have a clear understanding of how to create urban spaces which address contemporary challenges such as climate change and urban density.”