Landscape Architecture College of Design

Research Assistants in Practice


The Research Assistants in Practice program (RAs in Practice) embodies our mission of the advancement of landscape architecture through community engagement. We connect talented graduate students with community organizations (government, non-profit, etc.) and design firms for specific project research and design, as well as provide valuable opportunities for students to apply practical knowledge and gain real-world experience.

Our RAs in Practice have served non-profit partners including local government units and agencies like the City of Minneapolis Departments of Community Planning and Economic Development and Public Works and Dakota County Technical College, national non-profits like Trust for Public Land, local non-profits like the Minneapolis Parks Foundation and Juxtaposition Arts, and design firms like LHB. Our RAs have examined emerging best practices around sustainability, interdisciplinary professional and agency collaboration, market trends, and societal needs.

Our partners value students’ contributions toward advancing their mission and keeping them on the cutting-edge of contemporary research in the field. Our students value the educational opportunity of tackling real-world challenges. Students also receive an hourly stipend, a tuition reduction, and health care at a reduced cost.

The Minneapolis Parks Foundation recently increased their RA positions (from one to three) and those students are now working on important local issues like planning for public spaces in downtown Minneapolis, better connecting North Minneapolis to the Mississippi River, and the future of the Upper Harbor Terminal site.

We are always looking to expand opportunities for our students to connect and engage with the community. If you are interested in funding a research assistant or becoming a community partner please consider becoming a sponsor today. Contact the department administrator for more information.

RAs in Practice Projects

Summer 2017


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