Covering issues in practice for designers and creative professionals is central to LAM’s mission.
Below are a few recent features on business management, diversity, technology, and work/life balance tackling the practical, everyday issues of running a successful business, for design firms of every size.
The Architecture of Disability: Buildings, Cities, and Landscapes Beyond Access By David Gissen; Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2022; 216 pages, $24.95. Reviewed by Sara Hendren Every rights movement carries a tacit “before” and “after” scenario in its theory of change, and global disability rights movements are no different: In the before, a nation’s normative legal policies, its structures of education and governance, its built environments have been inaccessible to people with atypical bodies and minds. In the after—the imagined desirable future—those same structures are newly loosed from these hindering barriers. The world goes from inaccessible to accessible. It is […]
What does Dungeons & Dragons have in common with landscape architecture? More than you’d think. Interview by Maci Nelson, Associate ASLA Dungeons & Dragons is a tabletop role-playing game where imagination and strategy are the core of play. To participate, you must build a world that does not physically exist but must be understood by others. Dungeon Masters are similar to designers in that they design experiences for people and curate encounters specific to their players and their world for dynamic interactions. In this interview, Frank Tedeschi, a biochemist and the founder of Dead Box Games, discusses the interdisciplinary process […]
Stewarding Change in a Time of Fire
WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN TO “FIGHT” FIRE? By Emily Schlickman and Brett Milligan Fire is both ruly and unruly. It conforms to physical principles, yet it’s also incredibly dynamic and unpredictable. Across the world we are witnessing changes in what wildfire is, due to past and current human actions, and in tandem, fire risks are increasing and expanding. In the western United States, so are wildfire severity and frequency.
A survey sheds light on why midcareer women leave design firms. By Timothy A. Schuler Rachel Wilkins was 28 years old when she got her first job in landscape architecture. Since graduate school, she had dreamed of working for a woman, but at the large Houston firm where she’d been hired—which Wilkins declined to name—all her bosses were men. Though she had “two wonderful male mentors,” she says she also regularly felt demeaned as a woman, passed over for promotions that went to male colleagues or, when the firm was called out for its lack of women in leadership, to […]
35 Perfect Gifts for Landscape Architecture Graduates
Updated and expanded for 2023 grads, with more tech, more cult books, and a few surprising must-haves for the newly minted designer. By the LAM Editorial Advisory Committee* Well, it’s finally happened. You (or your family member/friend/roommate/mentee/colleague) have graduated from a landscape architecture program, and you’re ready to start your career as a design professional. Landing a job is first up, but there are tips and gear that can help you feel more prepared to start on your path.