Where are you from?
Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa.
Where do you attend school?
I go to Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa getting my BLA in Landscape Architecture. I am interested in Urban Design, inclusive projects engaging communities and public spaces.
What are your career or educational goals?
First I would like to finish my bachelors at Iowa State and after graduation get some work experience. I do have an interest in getting my master’s in sustainable engineering maybe but depends on future opportunities.
Outside of school and work what are your hobbies and/or interests?
I am a really big sports fan, pretty much all sports by primarily soccer and basketball. I love being outside and going on adventures but also exploring new places either natural settings or new cities.
What is your internship project focus?
I will be working on the Cultural Landscape Report for Liberty Island (National Parks of New York Harbor). I will be assisting in mapping documentation and site analysis for the eligibility of the historic site.
Why did you choose to participate in a Designing the Parks Internship?
Through the Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP). I chose to participate for several reasons. Frederick Law Olmsted was a pioneer for landscape architecture and to be able to work in an organization aligned with his name is an honor. Primarily I think public spaces are extremely important to the framework of cities and should be preserved and kept for future generations.
What are you looking forward to learning or exploring during your internship?
I would like to learn how landscape architecture is dealt with at a federal level. How projects come together and the obstacles that come with it.
What types of opportunities will Designing the Parks provide you with?
Experience with the National Park Service I think will open doors for great projects in the future. Projects with significance to peoples daily lives and impacting the structure of cities. I would like to work on projects with an impact and I believe Designing the Parks will provide that.