May 2, 20192019 Graduating Students: Dylan Bagnasco
Meet some of our amazing 2019 graduates: Dylan Bagnasco, Subu Bhandari, Patrick Keogh, Elizabeth Ott, Niklos Toldi, and Kyra Wu. These students are representative of our graduates’ dedication to their craft, commitment to academic excellence, collaborative spirit, innovative nature and overall resilience. They’ve worked diligently to reach graduation and now have reflected on their experience as well as offered advice for younger students. We thank these students and send congratulations to all our 2019 graduates.
Originally from Waco, Texas, Dylan Bagnasco is a graduate student in the School of Landscape Architecture. Dylan attended Texas Christian University where he received a dual bachelor’s degree in biology and anthropology. While at UT, Dylan was involved in the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
Why did you decide to pursue a Master’s of Landscape Architecture at UT?
I met a student who was in the program [at UT] at the time, and she convinced me to reach out to the school. Upon meeting with the director, I was very impressed by the faculty and facilities. The program already had a record of published work through the River Studio, and the college offered access to some amazing fabrication tools. I had a narrow understanding of the field before I began the program, but I think that is somewhat ubiquitous when it comes to entering the field of architecture and landscape architecture.
Can you tell us your favorite memory over the past two years?
Some of the highlights of my time here happened on studio trips to Philadelphia, Boston, and Central Florida. The trips were always a nice break from the hard work, and it was a chance to see new cities and bond with classmates.
What advice do you have to incoming students/ undergraduate students about pursuing MLA or other master’s degrees?
The technological learning curve is steep, especially for students like myself with no experience with the computer programs. I wish I had been more proactive with online tutorials, which are available to students. Once I actually took the time to run through a full tutorial for a new software, my design experience became much less stressful.
Another piece of advice would be to pursue internship experiences early and often. I learned a great deal by interning with several offices, and I was able gain perspective on the type of practices I wanted to pursue.
What are your post-graduation plans?
l have accepted a position with Design Workshop, an urban design, community planning and sustainable landscape architecture firm, in Austin, Texas.