Motivations of young people to study landscape architecture

Lawson, Gill M., Cushing, Debra Flanders, & Taborda, Claudia (2016) Motivations of young people to study landscape architecture. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Urban Design and Planning, 169(5), pp. 209-253.

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Landscape architecture is a field of interdisciplinary education in the built environment that struggles to recruit young people. This project seeks to understand possible reasons for this through an exploration of first year student expectations, sources of motivations and career aspirations at an Australian university. Findings showed that student motivations were often linked to their love of the environment in their daily lives. Expectations of university study were of part-time, low cost, ‘on-the-job’ training based on prior life experiences. Aspirations focused on improving the built environment through working in a commercial design practice. This research concludes that recruitment practices need to invite school teachers, vocational educators and community group leaders in the arts and environmental sciences to experience landscape architectural practice. Further work is needed to identify the best ways to connect these key people to practicing landscape architects to aid in understanding the career possibilities of this interdisciplinary field.

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ID Code: 98912
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: education and training, recruitment, sustainability, landscape architecture, young people
DOI: 10.1680/jurdp.16.00016
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Facilities: The Cube
Copyright Owner: 2016 ICE Publishing
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Deposited On: 20 Sep 2016 00:24
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2016 06:45

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