EAS 501.001 - Professional Practice
This course will offer students an opportunity to learn about how environmental design professionals such as landscape architects work and function in a variety of practice types, from private firms to multidisciplinary firms, governmental agencies, and non-profit NGOs. Topics will cover an array of issues, including office practice and structure, project management, contracts, project management, running effective meetings, licensure, and more. Numerous guest speakers will cover a variety of questions and discuss their own professional context. Students will refine their resumes, portfolio, and cover letter as an assignment in order to assist in the search for positions after graduation. Additional assignments will include research into firms, development of questions for class discussion, learning about typical office responsibilities, contracts, the design process in an office environment, construction administration, proposals, and readings. The overarching goal of the course is to prepare students for entry into an environmental design profession and to inform them of the many options available to them upon completion of their studies at the University of Michigan.