Landscape Architecture Month: GAI Staff’s Commitment to Sustainable, Authentic Places

April is World Landscape Architecture Month. Established by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the month is an international celebration of landscape architecture and designed public and private spaces. We asked four of GAI’s skilled Landscape Architects to help mark this annual observance with their impressions of discovering and pursuing their honored profession.

Slide One of my earliest memories is blowing dandelions at Sunset Park in Brooklyn, New York. I felt connected to nature in an urban community. This park served as a bridge for my lifelong love of wild places. In my work as a Landscape Architect, I seek to create sustainably built communities that people enjoy. Since my birth, our planet’s human population has almost doubled, increasingly moving people to an urban context and placing great pressure on our environment. I’m proud to be part of a profession that is known for holistic thinking, providing solutions that support the economy and improve health and human well-being by building projects that showcase more innovative ways of relating to the environment." " Sheeba West, PLA, ISA, ASLA
GAI-Orlando, FL
Sheeba West
Slide I have always appreciated the benefits to public health of well-designed outdoor spaces, yet it wasn’t until college that I became aware of Landscape Architecture as a formal profession. Coming from a household that placed equal importance art, design, and science, it was exciting for me to find a profession that combined these interests into one discipline. In more than 30 years as a Landscape Architect, I’ve been privileged to contribute to projects ranging from parks and streetscapes to community planning and open-space initiatives. Some of the greatest satisfaction I get from being a Landscape Architect is the knowledge that the ribbon cutting is just the beginning—knowing that these projects will touch the lives of thousands of people for many, many years to come." " David Gilmore, PLA, MBA
GAI-Charleston, WV
Slide During a campus tour of West Virginia University, my guide asked if anyone was interested in Landscape Architecture. I was only vaguely aware of the field at the time—yet the moment my guide brought me into the Landscape Architecture studio I realized that I had found a perfect way to blend my creativity and love for nature. I graduated from West Virginia University in 2013 and was fortunate to find a position with GAI where I’ve had the satisfaction of contributing to a variety of projects that have helped improve my hometown and surrounding region." " Jacob Burns, PLA, ASLA
GAI-Charleston, WV
Slide I was introduced to the field of Landscape Architecture through an employer in high school and was fortunate to live in a state with two very strong programs at Purdue and Ball State. Purdue gave me the opportunity to bring multiple interests together (architecture, nature-play, planting design, and golf course design) and engage a design field that’s clearly much broader than I realized. I’ve helped tackle quite a few challenges over the past 20 years and have found great satisfaction in seeing the end-users of my work recreate, work, relax, heal, and succeed in the private and public spaces I’ve had the privilege to design. The future is bright for our profession, and I’m thrilled to be along for the ride." " Kevin Aust, PLA, LEED AP
GAI-Orlando, FL

GAI’s Community Solutions Group (CSG) Landscape Architecture practice is committed to creating rich, diverse, sustainable, authentic places that allow people to connect to the environment, the community, and each other. Find out more about GAI’s Landscape Architecture services—message GAI online and start the conversation about how our multidiscipline professionals can meet your unique project needs.

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