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Meet Our Alumni: Hakeem Wilson

What did you study at Jefferson?

Landscape Architecture

Where are you from originally?

Westminster, Maryland

What was the best part of your time at Jefferson?

Being in close proximity to the built and natural beauty of Philadelphia. I could hop on a train and be in Center City within 20 mins or walk off campus and be in a forest. This really reinforced the ideas of landscape architecture that I was learning during class.

What has having a Jefferson/ degree done for you/how has it prepared you for your career?

Having a landscape architecture degree from Jefferson has prepared me to a highly skilled professional that can express ideas from a technical standpoint as well as a theoretical perspective that can appeal to all players involved in a project. 

What are you doing now?

I am a landscape architect for Site Resources, Inc. filling the role of an assistant project manager. My day-to-day responsibilities range from client communication and coordination, organizing review and permitting processes, construction administration tasks, and design and construction documentation of various projects.

The types of project we work on are the creations of new park and/or retrofitting existing parks with new recreational spaces, pedestrian/vehicular improvements for business headquarters, and siting new buildings and gathering spaces on university campuses through Maryland. 

What’s something people would be surprised to find out about you?

If being a landscape architect wasn’t the best job ever, I would find a way to be an architect. 

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to our current students?

Push yourself to explore any idea that you are passionate about within the context of any class you take; no matter what the subject is. Maximum all your resources in your classes to explore because it will make it easier to express your ideas when you understand them inside and out.  

Hakeem Wilson's Landscape Architecture Illustration