“Beca was a perfect place to start fresh out of university - it was very easy to settle into the workforce. The people here have supported me the whole way through the journey so far.”
As a graduate member of Beca’s Urban Design and Landscape Architecture team, Emily is already putting her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Hons) degree to good use – all around the country!
Emily has worked around New Zealand from Dunedin through to Auckland, getting involved in projects at a range of scales including open public space, city streetscapes and roading infrastructure.
She and her colleagues work alongside their engineering colleagues to deliver designs and visualisations that integrate design and planting with infrastructure to create liveable communities.
Her work, which might be delivered in any of a range of graphical formats, has included plant species selection, concept design for motorways, design ideas, site plans, streetscape park visualisation for a city centre, low maintenance garden ideas for the upgrade of state houses, and concept plans for a city main street.
A highlight for Emily has been her involvement with the 2012 Ellerslie Flower Show in Christchurch, where she was heavily involved with the building of an exhibition garden which was awarded Judges Supreme Award. This was an exciting event that included design, communications, building, planting and a client function.
One particularly enjoyable aspect of working at Beca is the many social and sporting opportunities that help you to meet people. “I’ve been involved in the Beca Touch and Indoor Netball teams, as well as a very successful dragon boating team that has competed at South Island and National Championships.” Emily says these teams are all great fun, a good way to meet people across the company and get to know people with similar interests.
“Taking every opportunity that comes my way has enabled me to work on a wide range of projects,” Emily says. “I’ve expanded my knowledge landscaping and urban design rapidly across a number of fields - especially the importance of ecological design around motorways, plant choice in lower socio-economic areas and bringing landscapes to life.”