Okay so if you can please answer these two questions for me.
1). I will be wrapping up my undergrad degree in Geography next year, and I plan on taking my GRE's this summer so I can apply this winter. I plan to go to Landscape architecture school so that I am can become an Urban Designer. I know that it is three years to attain the degree and hopefully I will find a job as well. I also am looking to get another degree that can balance my MLA and make me a much more attractive candidate for jobs. I want to work for big private firms, so I am asking: What degree goes better with MLA? A Master's in Marketing, or a Master's in Communication? How attractive will I as a prospective employee be? I feel too many times Landscape Architects are all about the pretty drawings and it kind of pigeon holes them. I feel with the extra Master's it shows that I am capable of the political aspects (B.A. in Geography), Design aspects (MLA), and as a strong investment into stragetic planning and relations to my company (Master's in Marketing or Communication).
2) My five schools for MLA of choice are UIUC, UWash, Berekely, Texas (at Austin), Ohio State. I am from Chicago, and I really would not mind working in another city for a few years, but I want to end up in Chicago. If not I would not mind Milwaukee or Madison. My dream firm to work for is Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. They have various locations, one in Chicago, one in San Fran. The schools I REALLY want to go to by rank are #1 Texas, #2 Berekely, #3 Washington. After I get my degree I DO NOT want to live in Austin, I would not mind working a little bit in the Bay Area, or Seattle. My question is: Where you study and intern, is that usually where you end up? How hard would it be for me to get to a job in Chicago, if I studied and only worked in Austin? Since I want to be in Chicago would you suggest going to UIUC seeing as it is the only school that has LA in the entire state of Illinois, and most likely most of its graduates get interns and jobs in Chicago? Is it better to give up a place you want to study in for a job in the city you want? Or does not matter, and I will eventually get to Chicago?