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Landscape Architecture Month: Q&A with Amy Elias

April is World Landscape Architecture Month. Join our Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Group as we kick off a month-long celebration honoring the profession. Be sure to check our website and social media channels to learn more about our team members, favorite projects, and the expertise and energy that we bring to our work.

Amy Elias, PLA, ASLA | Landscape Architect

Joined SRF: 2013

Master in Landscape Architecture, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin – Madison

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I feel pride in knowing that projects I’ve work on have elevated experiences for people in their everyday spaces – in natural settings, while using transportation, exploring cities, and so forth.

What type of projects interest you the most?
I enjoy learning and discovering new things with each project – so any project that has particularly rich content or scope is most appealing. For example, I’m very interested in expanding my plants knowledge, so projects that have a focus on plant design/restoration/etc would be especially interesting.

What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of work?
I enjoy gardening, doing DIY projects (such as scavenging and re-purposing things), camping, and traveling.

You have company visiting from out of town. What are the top three things you suggest they see/do while here?

  1. Visit Minnehaha Falls with food and drink at Sea Salt Eatery
  2. Ride bikes along the river roads, with a stop experiencing Saint Anthony Falls
  3. Visiting the Saint Paul Farmers Market

If you weren’t a landscape architect, what would you want to be?
Today, I would want to be a chef and author.  Yesterday, maybe an artist.  Next week, probably a farmer.

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