As an office assistant at the Shanghai Landscape Architecture Design and Research Institute, I have been given the opportunity to participate in a variety of projects, all which have allowed me to solidify my learning experience with the use various industry software tools used in landscape design. During my work term, I co-designed a road and water body network within the Jiukeshu Central Forest Park located in Shanghai, and helped model green spaces in the Shanghai Shibo Green Corridor project using AutoCAD and SketchUp. These have given me the chance to apply my knowledge of tree species as well as urban environmental design principles.
Towards the end of my work term, I worked on the Shanghai Dongtan 135 Project, which is a large-scale forest recovery plan that includes designing shelter forests and aesthetic forests. My job in this project was to design the aesthetic forest patches according to the road network, and to determine the tree species and distribution for shelter forest patches. Undoubtedly, I have acquired the skill of using software such as AutoCAD, SketchUp and Photoshop proficiently without supervision. I think that the Co-op program has given me opportunities to grow in my field as well as immerse myself in the real work environment. The things I have learned through my work placements simply could not have been taught in my lectures, and this is why I strongly urge you to join the Forestry Co-op program. Dare I say that you just won’t regret it.