Benjamin Stinnett (B.L.A. ’12) is shown in summer 2012 during a short weekend excursion to Clouds Rest, a 9,930-foot elevation mountain just east of the Yosemite Valley. The small glacial lake behind him was located along the trail.
By Liana Bugslag
Landscape architecture alumnus Benjamin Stinnett (B.L.A.’ 12) has been on quite the journey since he finished up his studies at the University of Arkansas.
Upon his graduation last spring, Stinnett immediately took an internship through the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE) at Yosemite National Park in central California. During the 12-week internship, he worked within the Branch of History, Architecture and Landscapes (HAL), where he assisted the park’s historical landscape architect and historical architects with an assortment of projects, including condition assessments of historic structures, landscape and architectural documentation, landscape inventory and analysis.
Bria Chatman, a Little Rock native, is a second-year interior design student at the University of Arkansas. She talks about her experience so far in the program, recalls memorable moments, and contemplates her future in the field.
Q: When and why did you first become interested in interior design?
A: I’ve always had an interest in designing, since I was in middle school. However, I didn’t decide that I wanted to design interiors until my junior year in high school. I realized that most people spend their days inside, so why not design something that will be seen every day.
Calli Verkamp, a native of Charleston, Ark., is a fifth-year architecture student at the University of Arkansas. She talks about deciding on a major and how it appealed to her creative nature. She learned how to manage time and about her preference for city limit during her time here. Next up, getting a job after graduation this May.
Q: When did you first become interested in architecture?
A: I didn’t really know if that is what I wanted to do right away. It was between engineering and architecture. I realized I was a lot more interested in the creative and artistic side rather than the technical side, so architecture was a better fit for me because it included both, whereas engineering was more just technical.
By Liana Bugslag
Brandon Doss, a native of Memphis, Tenn., is a fifth-year landscape architecture student in the honors program. He discusses his time at the University of Arkansas and his experiences along the way. They have helped to shape his knowledge and to strengthen his abilities, and he is excited to utilize the skills he has learned as he heads out to work in the professional world upon graduation in May.
Q. When did you first become interested in landscape architecture?
A. My dad is an architect in Memphis, Tenn. (my hometown), so I have been around the profession for a long time. I first became interested when I was beginning high school. I got a job doing landscaping work with a few friends. I learned that landscape architecture was a combination of architecture and the outdoors. I decided that sounded like a lot of fun.