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Joe Jenkins

I'm currently study Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Community and Environmental planning at the University of Washington, and needless to say, I'm extremely interested in infrastructure and its incorporation into urban planning and design. Although I'm still unsure of the career I want to pursue, I'm curious as to the dynamic between architects and civil engineers, and how it shapes, changes, or adds to an urban project. I took a class this past quarter that was taught by a practicing landscape architect who often stressed how difficult and challenging it can be to bring not just architects and engineers to the table, but other professionals as well who's input, potentially, could significantly benefit a project. Is this frustration a common feeling, and how does it impact the development of a project? These are the kind of issues and questions I see influencing the type of career I advance upon.


I'm a recent architecture grad from a strong design school out east looking to move to Portland. I'm impressed with much of the talent there (Allied Works, architecture w, Skylab, Emmons, Holst and Colab if they still exist in particular), but have found the prospects of even making contact with design firms like this a bit daunting as it has been difficult in the past elsewhere. It's frustrating to see other run-of-the-mill firms expanding when the real talent is out of reach. I want to begin my career practicing the skills I developed in school, but at times I feel I should submit to the masses.

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