I am a new student of UC Berkeley Extension's Landscape Architecture Certiciation Program. My career objective is to get into physical planning and design. I am particularly interested in principles of sustainability, New Urbanism, infill development and TOD.
In addition, I am also considering pursuing an MUP in-state, with a specialization in urban design, in order to become AICP certified. My background is in international political economy at a small private school.
My questions are:
1) How important is it to have the ASLA certification if you are looking for a long-term career in the private sector that may include consulting or self-employment?
2) Does anyone have any impressions, negative or positive, regarding the UC Extension Program? What about SFIA's Ecological Design Distance Learning?
3) Would it be a waste of time and resources going back to school for an MUP with my stated objective, since I would likely acquire the necessary experience on the job?
I am interested mainly in working in the private sector, perhaps with a design develop firm. Any advice would be appreciated.
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