Bo Baolige is a planner at RVi with experience in landscape architecture, planning, and design. We asked him to share more about his background and experiences.

What initially inspired you to pursue a career in Landscape Architecture/Planning?

Growing up in a small city nestled in Inner Mongolia, I was fortunate to witness the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding grasslands and experience the harmony between nature and human settlements. However, I couldn’t help but notice the stark contrast between the captivating, natural views and the lack of thoughtful landscape design within the city itself. This realization sparked a desire within me to bridge the gap between the awe-inspiring natural environment and the urban living experience.

I envisioned a future where our city could reflect the same beauty, comfort, and seamless integration with nature that I admired in our surroundings. This fascination with creating more beautiful and sustainable living environments became the driving force behind my pursuit of a career in Landscape Architecture/Planning.

Could you share a memorable moment or experience that solidified your passion for Landscape Architecture/Planning?

When I was an intern in my hometown, I was involved in a riverfront park project. Although I had limited experience, I learned greatly from observing the landscape designers and contributing to the project. When I returned two years later, I was thrilled to see the completed park – beautifully blending nature and human elements.

Witnessing people of all ages enjoying the amenities and engaging with the landscape reaffirmed my belief in the power of well-designed spaces. This experience fueled my passion for Landscape Architecture/Planning and inspired me to continue creating meaningful and sustainable environments.

Can you tell us about a (RVi) project or achievement that you’re particularly proud of in your career?

Passing the Landscape Architecture Registration Exam (LARE) while working at RVi is one of my greatest achievements. It is a testament to my dedication and expertise in the field. I am grateful for the invaluable support and guidance I received from RVi and my colleagues throughout the preparation process. Their assistance and resources played a vital role in my success.

Are there any specific professional goals or aspirations that you’re currently working toward?

My current professional goals include advancing my expertise in relevant software tools to enhance the visual representation of our work in landscape architecture. Additionally, I am actively developing project management skills to take on increased responsibility within the office. These goals align with my desire for continuous improvement and growth, enabling me to contribute to successful projects and take on more impactful roles in the future.

Have you faced any significant challenges in your professional journey, and how did you overcome them?

Early in my career, I faced a significant challenge due to English being my second language, which affected my communication skills. Understanding assignments, expressing my ideas and opinions, and effectively collaborating with colleagues proved to be challenging.

To overcome this language barrier, I adopted a proactive approach by actively engaging with my coworkers. I made a conscious effort to communicate more frequently and openly, seeking opportunities to practice and improve my English language skills. By engaging in conversations and discussions with my colleagues, I gradually became more comfortable with using English, and better understood how English-speakers think and communicate.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering a career in Planning or Landscape Architecture?

Build a solid skill foundation, especially in software. Invest time and effort in developing a strong foundation of technical skills, including proficiency in relevant software tools. This will expand your opportunities and make you a more versatile professional.

Also, seek practical experience. Academic projects are important for learning design principles, but practical experience is equally crucial. Real-world projects present unique challenges and constraints that require problem-solving and adaptability. Engaging in internships, part-time jobs, or volunteer work will allow you to gain hands-on experience and understand the complexities of executing projects successfully.