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The POV | Jie Hu

David L. Hays:
So welcome, and welcome back to the University of Illinois. You were here as a student.

Jie Hu:
Yeah.

David L. Hays:
You worked here on campus before beginning a career that took you to Boston and then to China. So
you must be very excited.

Jie Hu:
Yes.

David L. Hays:
How does it feel to be coming back to the University of Illinois?

Jie Hu:
Yes, I do feel excited. And actually, I feel it’s home.

David L. Hays:
Okay.

Jie Hu:
I spent two years studying landscape architecture here and also work for the campus as a campus
planner. I worked there for five years, so a total of seven years that I was in the UIUC. And it’s a good combination of learning, research, and practice. I have several projects I built here, and under the direction of my boss I learned many things, and he used to supervise my work from concept design to detail of the construction. So I did learn some things through practice here.

David L. Hays:
Of which of your many projects are you most proud?

Jie Hu:
The Beijing Olympics project. That’s making me feel like it’s very exciting, and I also feel rewarded and proud. That project gives landscape architects a great opportunity to put their idea, imagination, and their hope into practice to realize the big idea.

David L. Hays:
It’s an amazing opportunity for all of us, for faculty and students, to collaborate in envisioning a future condition. As you think about what lies ahead for cities, can you tell us a little bit about your vision of
that city, of let’s say the near to mid future?

Jie Hu:
I feel all students, no matter from landscape architecture, architecture, or design, in this program we need to help students have the vision and the thinking as environmentalists. And right now so many urban developments are driven by economic reasons, and they don’t care about the land. They don’t care about natural resources. And we need to learn and be careful about the natural system and understand
it. So that’s fundamental for all the students.

David L. Hays:
So Jie, what do you like about teaching?

Jie Hu:
I enjoy working with students. Instead of between the teacher and the student, I feel the students are colleagues, as friends, they are friends. They are young, energetic, they have full curiosity, they have a lot of interesting imaginations. And based on my experience, I can help them to make these ideas more logical, practical, and can be implemented. But at the same time, as a teacher, I feel my role is to encourage them. And the one term I like to use is lighting up the passion of the student, and make them fall in love with the landscape architecture as a profession. They are falling in love with, enjoy it, and really put their heart into landscape architecture, into the field, and then they can go on their way for their whole life as a landscape architect.

David L. Hays:
Well, thank you, it’s been lovely to talk with you here today. Welcome aboard. We’re so glad to have you and we’re really excited to see what you and your students, our students will be doing together
during the year and years ahead.

Jie Hu:
Yes, thank you very much.