Working Cross-Culturally Enriches The Creative Collaboration

Raphael Papiou, Student at the Haute Ecole du Paysage, d'Ingenierie et d'Architecture, makes a point during a planning session

David Bramer
Master of Landscape Architecture Student, University of Washington

From Green Landscape Journal: A Blog by the Team of Landscape Architects Working to Redesign the U.S. Mission Grounds

Through the course of the past week, there has been so much activity to get our ideas down to present.  We also have had the pleasure of working with some students from HEPIA- Haute École du Paysage, d’Ingénierie et d’Architecture; a Geneva technical school for landscape architecture, engineering, and architecture.  The three students have given us so much insight into the local ecosystems that having them on board has been nothing short of excellent.  They have also been fantastic in giving critiques to designs. The projects that we presented today would be not nearly as rich had we not had their participation.

There of course has been a little difficulty with the language barrier.  I speak conversational French and graduated with a degree in French Literature; however the vocabulary taught in schools and colleges stateside lacks the technical terms specific to landscape architecture.  With that said, both the French and American students have been very patient in explaining themselves, and we have gotten along fabulously, worked effectively, and pushed our ideas further in spite of the language barrier.  I look forward to refining our ideas as one group, and am excited to see the final results.