11 April 2011

Common Lecture: Jim Welsh...We're Halfway There. Livin' on a Prayer

LA Spring Lecture Series presents Jim Welsh

Wednesday, April 13 at 4:00 pm,
110 Cook/Douglas Lecture Hall;

...We're Halfway There.  Livin' on a Prayer

Jim Welsh is a local guy turned senior associate at the internationally recognized and award winning firm of Thomas Balsley Associates.  He will present selected recent works of the firm and share some lessons about getting a job, advancement and life in general that he learned during the first 20 years of his career as a landscape architect.

Jim grew up in the shadows of Rutgers, playing as a kid in the display gardens and leading cross country practice runs for Saint Peters High School through the College Avenue, Busch and Cook campuses.  He graduated from Rutgers in 1991 but started his career in the landscape industry years prior by working at Bocchieri's Nursery and Landscape.
This helped to pay for his education at Middlesex County College and Rutgers.  After graduation, he his primary employment was at CUH2A in Princeton as a junior landscape architect.  While at CUH2A, he also did freelance work with Garden Associates Landscape Architecture and maintained his own residential design practice.  He was certified in NJ as a landscape architect in 1994. 

Jim moved on to become a senior landscape architect at El Taller Colaborativo in 1996 and became a partner in charge of landscape architects, civil and traffic engineers 2001.  He also taught in Rutgers Landscape Architecture Department during this time.  After 15 years of working in architecture/engineering firms, he decided to see first-hand how a landscape architecture firm operated.  He joined Thomas Balsley Associates as a senior associate in 1996.

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