Simon: So landscape architecture's a design discipline. By that I mean it's a profession that looks at using designing as a creative tool by which to understand the layout and configuration of public spaces.
Will: I think I love most aspects of the course. I think there's a lot of opportunities to go on excursions outside, and travel, and meeting a lot of people. Studying environment's really nice and it's a really good group of people. Everyone's quite happy and passionate about what they're doing.
Simon: A typical landscape architect would work on public projects, they could be street scapes, they could be public parks. They could be at small scale such as gardens, or smaller plazas such as the one we're sitting in. Or they could be larger scale, so they could be looking at the entirety of cities. I think a good preparation for landscape architecture at UTS would come from those students who have a design background or an art background. Also, for students who have an interest in ecology and the way that ecological systems could operate within a city. As an accredited programme the UTS Bachelor of Landscape Architecture course offers the opportunity to practise both here in Sydney and internationally.
Will: So the Global Studios trip was a three week tour and it took us to Germany, and then to Copenhagen, and the Netherlands. You're looking at everything through kind of a lens, a design lens and you see and pick up on things that you normally wouldn't pick up on if you were just kind of backpacking through. We got a $1,000 scholarship from the uni, which was incredibly helpful.
Simon: As the newest programme in landscape architecture in Australia, we've had a real opportunity to shape the most contemporary and up to date programme and in so doing, we've really tested the idea of how we can engage with industry. So we have a whole range of people who are working as landscape architects and they're integrated into the teaching that we undertake here at UTS. A lot of students have already found jobs in their second and third years, which is a really exciting thing for them. They can still mix part-time work in the discipline, in the profession they are seeking, at the same time as study.
Will: Ultimately I just want to make a good impact on the world. I think that's my main motivation. Just improve the life of people.