Lauren Konney, PLA
What accomplishment are you most proud of in your career?
One of my proudest accomplishments includes going from being a CAD drafter working part-time while getting my MLA to managing as many as 11 projects at once in the six years I was at my last job. I've learned that opportunity is frequently available with initiative.
What advice would you give to women interested in starting a career in landscape architecture?
My advice to women entering the field of landscape architecture is never to be afraid to ask questions, share your opinion, or hold your ground. There is value to a fresh perspective, no matter your background or experience level.
I also advise women entering the field to try out the wide variety of roles in landscape architecture and related businesses, such as systems organization, sales, and construction management. There are many ways to fit into this field to align your interests and strengths, and it may not be the most obvious path.
Why is it important to celebrate International Women's Day?
It's important to observe IWD to initiate conversations and self-analysis for the application of equality goals. Do we practice what we preach?