Research assistants in practice

The Research Assistants in Practice program (RAs in Practice) embodies our mission of the advancement of landscape architecture through community engagement. We connect talented graduate students with community organizations (government, non-profit, etc.) and design firms for specific project research and design, as well as provide valuable opportunities for students to apply practical knowledge and gain real-world experience.

Our RAs in Practice have served non-profit partners including local government units and agencies like the City of Minneapolis Departments of Community Planning and Economic Development and Public Works and Dakota County Technical College, national non-profits like Trust for Public Land, local non-profits like the Minneapolis Parks Foundation and Juxtaposition Arts, and design firms like LHB. Our RAs have examined emerging best practices around sustainability, interdisciplinary professional and agency collaboration, market trends, and societal needs.

View All Summer 2017 Projects HERE

Palacious, Norman

Norman Palacious, Jr. | JXTA

Norman was a co-instructor for the enviro studio at Juxtaposition Arts. He assisted students with drafting dimensions, plan drawings and helped them use Adobe Suite. 

DeKrey, Katherine

Katherine dekrey | Downtown improvement district 

Katherine was working with the Downtown Improvement District and Green Minneapolis through their Green Districts task force.
She engaged in a variety of fieldwork, including collecting tree data, creating tree tags, and determining where planters could be expanded.

Weingarten, Zoe

Zoe Weingarten | JXTA

During her summer position at Juxtaposition, Zoe engaged in a variety of activities in northeast Minneapolis, from door knocking to attending community meetings, and helped create materials and boards to support Juxtaposition initiatives.