Today we’d like to introduce you to Shuang Sang.
Hi Shuang, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My interest in nature began at an early age. I’ve had a profound interest in nature since I was a child. I’ve always found great pleasure in plants, animals, and natural landscapes. I decided to pursue a career in landscape design when I enrolled in the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program at Nanjing Forestry University, where I was exposed to landscape design, architecture, and their real-world applications. After that, I decided to pursue a Master’s degree at the University of Illinois in order to absorb more of the immense knowledge provided by a degree and learn more about landscape architecture on a global scale.
During college, I visited both domestic and foreign destinations, including large metropolises like Los Angeles and Chicago and smaller but historically significant cities like Nicosia, Cyprus. After completing my education, I’ve had the chance to work in Boston and Portland, where I’ve observed both similarities and differences between various clienteles. I truly believe that through my study travel and work experiences, I’ve gained the ability to view landscapes and cities from a completely new perspective, allowing me to see how landscape structure is an essential component of a place’s identity. And I believe that this second set of eyes gives me the power to alter my immediate environment or even the entire world.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I struggled with the transition from landscape design enthusiast and student to professional landscape designer in the real world. After I began working professionally as a landscape designer, I was confronted with the reality that the design process in the real world is not all stars and sprinkles; beyond the more “glamorous” or interesting aspects of design, there are numerous business process-related tasks that must be completed as part of a project. Managing client budgets and requirements, contractor relationships, and construction regulations consumes a considerable amount of time and effort throughout the duration of a project.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
My designs are the result of my comprehension of the site’s potential for each project and the application of considerate solutions to site constraints. Having worked on projects for companies in both the United States and China, I have a comprehensive understanding of diverse cultures, communities, and site history. I also specialize in incorporating elements of nature into work projects. One of my distinctive abilities is my ability to foster deeper interaction and integration between humans and nature, where I can utilize my knowledge of unique plantings from a variety of climates.
“No single element stands apart from the rest; all are equally important,” said Joseph Disponzio, a renowned Landscape Architect. This highlights the significance of human-nature integration in the design process. Landscape is not merely the imitation of nature or the addition of plants to concrete structures. Finding the ideal complement to a sea of man-made structures is a challenging problem that I relish solving.
If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
I believe that patience is a crucial characteristic that has contributed to my success. Frequently, the design process is ever-evolving and never-ending. From the proposal to the final product, the design process is frequently a long and winding road, with numerous obstacles and decisions along the way. Being patient as a landscape designer enables me to take unconventional steps and explore various design options, resulting in the best possible outcome.