I am planning on touring the pacific northwest (Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia) sometime in early February (I am planning on going to school out there in a few years for landscape architecture (and possibly a second degree in planning) and ultimately re-settling there afterwords).
I am going to be looking into schools out there including Washington State University and University of Washington at Seattle. Can anyone recommend any other schools in this area? (preferably the US) that has a landscape architecture program? (accredited).
I also plan on scheduling informational interviews with several consulting firms (not so much to look for work but to learn more about who they are, what projects they do, etc.). Can anyone recommend any design firms in this area, preferably focusing on physical site design, landscape architecture, or archiecture?
Can anyone recommend any completed projects that I ought to see? It does not necessarily have to be limited to Oregon's Pearl Street, but can even be residential subdivisions, PUD's, industrial (again it can be in any of these states/provinces). I want to understand the similarities/differences between development within this area of the country versus the midwest.
Finally, I am very interested in the native flora of the region. Are there any arborteums, botanic gardens, natural areas that I should check out?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.