Terry Klassen - Landscape Architect

Years of experience: 39

Last updated: December, 2022

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Future Ambitions

University of Saskatchewan
University of British Columbia

Initial practice with engineering firms followed by a decade plus in private practice.

Mixed use real estate development management.

Private practice with AE firms and sole proprietor consulting.

Learning how Artificial Intelligence can contribute to the professional learning and practices of planning and design and how AI can can be applied to growing smart cities in healthy robust networks with nature.

Question and Answers

After graduation, what was the first position you had? How did that shape where you are now as a Landscape Architect?

Meewasin Valley Authority and was mentored by strong leaders in public practice.

What is something that surprised you at the start of your career? or What is something that surprises you about being a Landscape Architect?

The diverse opportunities that landscape architecture opens up for career professionals. The available opportunities that align to interests, skills, and talent.

What are some of your roles and responsibilities?

Business development, mentorship, design leadership, project management.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Staying in touch with colleagues on proposals and project work.

What skills do you feel are important to have as a Landscape Architect?

Personal skills in listening to project stakeholders and communicating what is possible and what is desirable.

What are you passionate about as a Landscape Architect?

Being part of great places and working with great clients who have the skills to make them happen.

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have been a part of.

I would have to say a highlight of my career was having various roles on award-winning projects such as the Broadway Avenue Rejuvenation project in Saskatoon, Calgary's Memorial Drive Landscape of Memory, Kelowna's Stuart Park BC Spirit Square on the civic waterfront.

Describe something that you have found challenging as a AALA?. How did you overcome this?

Working under tight project deadlines. Having strong project team relationships make the challenges bearable and exhilarating when outcomes meet or exceed expectations.

What advice would you give a new Landscape Architect?

The people that cross our paths across our career are far more important than the work itself.

What are your future goals?

I've been working on some climate initiatives that have far-reaching benefits and I would like to see them advance. I would like to see many more of us step forward into the energy transition journey.

Currently working in a transportation planning studio at EXP.

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