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Student Profile: Amy Eliason

amy1Amy Eliason of Ithaca, New York is a fifth year student studying Landscape Architecture. After graduation, she is excited to enter the workforce and see her ideas on paper become a built reality. She would like to work for a large multidisciplinary firm and potentially move out to the west coast. 

What led you to your major?

I have always loved art and knew I wanted to do something hands-on and creative. My brother is actually a landscape architect, so he influenced my decision when I was looking at college majors.

What is your favorite part about your major?

It’s hard to pick one. I would say a tie between getting to draw and sketch every day, as well as how collaborative and interdisciplinary landscape architecture is. We get to try on different hats on a daily basis. One day we’re civil engineers, the next we’re artists, and sometimes we’re environmental scientists. I love the interdisciplinary nature of this profession.

What led you to Virginia Tech?

Virginia Tech was the best of both worlds; I was able to get the experience of a big school with football and school spirit, as well as the intimacy of a small major where there is high interaction between the professors and students.

What is the most recent project you’ve worked on?

Our fifth year is dedicated to our thesis project. I am working on a 50-acre post-industrial waterfront site, Luyster Creek in Queens, New York. My goal for the project is to reconnect the community to the site’s rich geological and cultural history through a waterfront community park.

What’s your favorite part of this project?

Your thesis is completely up to you. I love how independent the work is and how you can gear it towards your personal goals and career interests.

What is your favorite thing you are involved in outside of your major?

I love being a CAUS Ambassador. It’s such and exciting time picking where and what you want to do in college. It’s rewarding interacting with high school students and their parents and sharing my genuine passion for landscape architecture with them.