A little background and a question or two. Wow- this got long, but please help me!
I work in civil/planning firm and the planning department is made up of 3 landscape architects (department head being one of them), myself (land planner) and two extra cadd people. For 4 years I have been a glorified cadd tech and had yet to actually design ANYTHING until last month. Basically I hated my job.
Last month a design opportunity arose when our department head said that the firm was entering into a design competition in order to aqcuire a particular job. Kind of unusual, but that's alright. We had two weeks to submit two different designs and he already had the idea for design 'A'. Design 'B' was left in the air as to who would design this 180 acre mixed use project. I took it and ran and designed a pretty damn good mix of residential, comercial, retail and even got the process started to develop a small wind farm in conjunction with the local power company.
Well, the clients chose my design over the other firm and over my boss's design. I was pretty happy and impressed by that. In the last two weeks, I have now been to meetings (also the first time in 4 years) about two large commercial "town center" projects, one being 156 acres and the other 45 acres in size. I have also kind of taken these and run with them and developed some very preliminary sketch plans.
Onto my question....I am hearing rumbling that the two other landscape architects are a bit taken aback by this and don't belive that I should be designing these projects even though they are very busy currently. I certainly don't want to upset anyone in the office, but am I wrong in thinking that my education and background should seperate myself from them a little when it comes to desinging "large" mixed use projects? The politics and workings of our office are very backwards and open department design charrettes are unheard of, even though I have pushed for them. I don't want to ruffle any feathers, but I have sat on my hands for 4 years and need to take any opportunity I can to promote myself. I want to obviously work with the landscape architects and let them fully develop that aspect of the project, but selfishly, I want to do the major land planning of the work. Any help on how to handle these interoffice politics?