MLA Student Xin Tan's Internship with Martha Schwartz

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Xin Tan

July 2017’s ASLA Magazine cover story is about American Landscape Architect Martha Schwartz, principal of Martha Schwartz Partners and Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, whose unique aesthetic has challenged conventional ideas in the design of public and private spaces around the world for over 35 years. During the summer and fall of 2016 a recent CAPLA graduate, Xin Tan, interned with Schwartz while she was studying for her Masters in Landscape Architecture. We caught up with Xin to ask her about her experiences and what she learned.

Xin says facing the pressure of working with such an iconic landscape architect and in the company of other talented students at the start of the internship was daunting, but she learned several things from the challenge. Xin says she learned how to be more creative and keep her mind open to holistic solutions for sustainability. She noted that students of landscape architecture need to be willing to expand their knowledge through self-study while also working with a mentor. She highlighted the essential importance of teamwork in the office environment as projects are created and completed within an ethical framework shared by the group. Cooperation and creating value for the whole team is key.

Xin never thought she would be lucky enough to have the experience of interning with Martha Schwartz’s office but was glad she took the chance at an ASLA conference to speak with this iconic designer as it led to the internship opportunity of a lifetime. Xin encourages students to “be brave” and “have a dream” – as they take their own risks.

Congratulations to Xin on completing this life-changing internship, and we wish her the best of luck in her future career!


NEWS | 2017 3rd Year MLA Conference

Friday, April 14, 2017

On April 13, 2017, 3rd year MLA students delivered their Master's Report presentations in the CAPLA Sundt Gallery to students, faculty, staff, and members of the community during the annual MLA Conference. These reports are the culmination of three years of study in the field of Landscape Architecture and represent a year's worth of focused research and design work. Project topics ranged from subjects as diverse as urban infill and community revitalization, to strategies for sustainable cultural resource management in New Delhi, to a rehabilitation plan for a riparian area northwest of Tucson.

Throughout the course of the master’s report process, students regularly consult with academic advisors from CAPLA and other colleges within the University, as well as outside professionals with expertise in their chosen field of study. The wide range of project topics and geographic locations represented in the master’s reports is a reflection of the diverse interests and backgrounds of the students in the Landscape Architecture program and is a testament to the relationships developed by the students and the college with other disciplines in the University and community.

Image: MLA Candidate Nolan Bade presents his Master's Report, "Tucson Phenology Loop"

UA Maintains Status as a Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Students

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

UANews, November 18, 2013

With 10 UA students earning Fulbright awards for 2013-2014, the UA once again has been named a top producer of such scholars across the U.S.

A group of 10 University of Arizona students have just earned Fulbright awards for 2013-2014, earning the institution billing for being a top nationwide producer of such award recipients. 

The U.S. Department of State recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2013-2014 Fulbright U.S. Students.

"The University of Arizona is thrilled to have 10 Fulbright recipients this year," said Karna Walter, assistant director for student engagement at the UA's Honors College. "These students are doing amazing research and teaching English in a variety of countries around the world, from Loas to Brazil."

Other doctoral/research institutions listed as top producers – with anywhere from 10 to 39 recipients – include Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University, Ohio State University and the University of California, Berkeley, among others.

All told, more than 1,800 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study have been offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English and conduct research in more than 140 countries throughout the world.

The 10 UA-affiliates, some of whom have graduated, are:

  • Alumni Jovan Ruvalcaba and Tucker Bungard were each funded to complete English teaching assistantships in Brazil.
  • Graduate student Desneige Hallbert, a graduate student in the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, was funded to travel to India where she is volunteering and engaged in community-based work.
  • Lily House-Peters, a doctoral candiate in the School of Geography and Development, was funded to conduct a study in Mexico. Her dissertation-related research centers on impacts of climate change, economic policy, geopolitics and drought on water use and land use decisions
  • Daniela Ugaz, who earned her Master of Fine Arts, who has translated electronic health-related publications into Spanish, was also funded to conduct work in Mexico. 
  • Christine Lazcano, an undergraduate, was funded to complete an English teaching assistantship in Oman.
  • Michele O'Shea, a dual degree student at the College of Medicine and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, is conducting research in Malawi under the special Fulbright Fogarty Fellowship.
  • Elizabeth Phillips, who earned a master's degree from the College of Public Health, was funded to conduct a study in Nigeria.
  • Jesse Washburn, who earned a master's degree in art education, was funded to complete an English teaching assistantship in Laos.
  • Undergraduate student Monica Xiong of neuroscience and cognitive science, received funding for a study in New Zealand.

Dating back to 2006, the UA has had at least 10 recipients for the majority of years. The University's' Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships (ONCS) administers the competition for the Fulbright Program, which is the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program.

The primary goal of the office is to help top UA students and alumni successfully compete for nationally competitive scholarships. Housed within the UA Honors College, the ONCS helps students identify potential scholarships and then assists with the application and interview process.

Note: You can read more about Desneige's adventures in India on her travel blog