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Professor of Landscape Architecture

Norman Booth

Tell us about your work. What do you do? Part of my time is spent in the classroom giving lectures and leading discussions or in a design studio giving critiques and comments on student work (i.e., helping students learn about the work they are engaged in). The remainder of my time is spent doing administrative work such as correspondence, report writing, working with budgets, establishing teaching and class schedules, interacting with alumni, addressing student issues, and so on. What skills are needed? Teaching requires an understanding of the theories, techniques, and knowledge base of the profession of landscape architecture . In addition it requires the ability to explain things to others, to organize and give lectures, and manage a class. It also requires "people skills" in working with students. Administrative work requires organizational skills, verbal and writing skills, and patience. It also requires an ability to balance different demands for time and energy. What was your major? Landscape architecture (both undergraduate and graduate) How did you get started in your career? I began by working in private practice landscape architectural office for two years. This followed 6 years of college education and several summer internships while in school. I started teaching after working in private practice. What experience do you need in this job? Working in a landscape architectural practice and some exposure to teaching. Describe your _typical_ workday: No two days are ever the same. What is the hardest aspect of your job? Preparing and giving annual reviews of faculty and dealing with personal issues that occur. What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? Seeing students succeed and graduate. The highlight of the year is watching students and parents at graduation. It is also gratifying watching the careers of former students. What are your suggestions for someone considering this field? Have a passionate interest in the profession and be willing and able to help people.