One exciting aspect of IIT's Master of Landscape Architecture program is the opportunity it provides students to travel and study abroad during spring break. A two-week trip to the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany proved to be a defining time for Chris Gladfelter. He and his classmates visited notable landscape architecture offices and observed various urban and rural projects with Program Director Peter Osler.
"The highlight was when we stayed for four days at Germany's Insel Hombroich, a museum, sculpture park, unique landscape, and an artist retreat all rolled into one," he says.
With his undergraduate degree in urban planning and public affairs, Gladfelter chose to pursue landscape architecture as a way to merge his love of plants with his desire to design large-scale urban spaces.
"One strength of IIT's program is its proximity to Chicago, which enables a wide range of educational experiences," says Gladfelter. A teaching assistant and recipient of a College of Architecture Dean's Scholarship, he also notes that the program's small class sizes allow for more direct feedback from faculty members.
Vice president of the IIT student chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Gladfelter hopes to open his own office after graduation.