EDSA | Then and Now | Alex Fenech

Then & Now

Previous interns – now employees, share their perspectives, advice and insights about all things landscape architecture and their experiences with EDSA.

Alex Fenech participated in our internship program during the Summer and Fall of 2011 while pursuing his bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Michigan State University, later rejoining the firm in 2015 as a full-time associate. Fast forward to today, Alex is now a Vice President at the company and oversees various projects throughout the Southeast region of the United States. We recently caught up with Alex to get his take on all things landscape architecture, personal growth and EDSA.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a landscape architect?

A: I think the most rewarding thing is seeing people share memories and experiences in the spaces we create. It’s the built product and how it’s utilized to its full potential – in the way that it was intended to be – that really makes me proud to be a part of this profession.

Q: What about landscape architecture are you the most passionate about? Have your passions shifted since becoming a full-time, practicing designer?

A: I would say that I’m the most passionate about the construction aspect. Figuring it out in the field on the fly and working to problem solve under pressure is something that has become very interesting to me. That said, it wasn’t my passion when I first came into the profession. I was anticipating that I would be very into the creative design process – which of course is extremely important, but just by the nature of my career journey, I’ve shifted away from that and more into the exploration of the built environment.

Q: What have you accomplished since becoming an EDSA designer, both personally and professionally?

A: On personal level, I have been able to take on the role as a mentor. Helping my colleagues succeed and achieve their goals is something that has always been super important to me and really hits on my individual core values. That said, I’m grateful that EDSA continues to support the team’s mentorship efforts so we can collectively find our passions and reach our full potential.

From a more professional perspective, it was the opportunity I had to serve as the Florida State Chapter President of the American Society of Landscape Architects. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. Standing up on stage during my state of the chapter address was a moment I’ll never forget. The experience was such an accomplishment for me and very humbling.

Q: What advice would you give to those looking to advance within the profession?

A: Ask questions, be patient and curious and stay hungry – these are all great ways to break down barriers, take on new projects and learn the different skills that will propel you forward.

In addition, being able to connect with your client is something that should never be underestimated. Of course, we need to remain professional, respectful and ensure the work gets done to the best of our ability, but many times you’ll share common interests with those you are working with. Having the ability to create these bonds is essential to establishing and maintaining long-term client relationships.

Q: When you think about your time at EDSA thus far, what’s one word that comes to mind and why?

A: Appreciation – for the talent brought to the table by our design, delivery and corporate teams, along with the projects I get to work on and seeing their positive impacts on communities around the world. I’m appreciative for the ability to travel, which many of my counterparts across the profession don’t get the opportunity to do, and the culture at EDSA – not just for what it is, but what it has the potential to be in the future. And finally, I appreciate the opportunity. I’ve been very fortunate to grow in this organization, and to have the members of the recognize my contributions has allowed me to enter the world of leadership, and for that I’m forever grateful.