OC Community Interns and Apprentices are now fully immersed into their summer work experiences, and we would like to introduce you to a number of them. The following post is from Greg Byers, who is currently interning with Jason Hodges at Prairie Workshop in Lubbock, TX:
My name is Greg Byers and I am originally from Mesquite, Texas which is a city east of Dallas. That was the only place I lived long term before I moved to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech University, from where I recently graduated. I am a 2014 graduate of Texas Tech University’s accredited bachelor of Landscape Architecture program. Landscape Architecture, as defined by the American Society of Landscape Architecture, is the science and art of design, planning, management and stewardship of the land. Landscape architecture involves natural and built elements, cultural and scientific knowledge, and concern for resource conservation to the end that the resulting environment serves a useful and enjoyable purpose. Successful landscape architecture maximizes use of the land, adds value to a project and minimizes costs, all with minimum disruption to nature.
I have also lived in Brazil where I was an exchange student at a school of architecture. Other than studying, I also volunteered teaching English to impoverished people in the city in which I lived. Nothing made me feel more connected to the culture of city than when I was interacting with those who made up its population.
As far as hobbies go, I enjoy camping, hiking, and the water sports that generally accompany a day at the lake. I also enjoy swimming laps for exercise as I used to swim competitively in high school.
I want to eventually acquire the knowledge and experience to guide a project from the drawing table, through construction, and finally its completion. I feel my time at Prairie Workshop will help me broaden my experience and also put me into contact with other professionals that I can learn from.