A word from the students
Landscape architecture is not included in the final domain of science, nor does it fully belong to art. In this profession science is beautiful, and art is alive. Studying landscape architecture is not merely learning facts, dull formula learning or just a simple use of creativity. No – studying landscape architecture is to understand the environment in which we live and the needs of people for the world that is being destroyed. “If you want to change the world, start with yourself” is the phrase that marked my high school days. Landscape architecture allows me to change the world by changing myself, and it is the task worth living for. Milica Damnjanović
The dilemma of the choice of the Faculty disappeared back when I was a child and entered the magical world of nature and its beauty. Love of plants was reciprocated through the opportunity to be hired as a demonstrator in undergraduate studies, and then, as a final year student, get student practice in one of the most important institutions of Belgrade, Secretariat for Environmental Protection, and after that a job as the best student of my generation, proclaimed by the University of Belgrade. Another confirmation of the right choice came after two prestigious Japanese universities accepted me as their guest PhD student / researcher, confirming once again the quality of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture. The unique combination of nature, ecology and creativity will keep delighting you over and over again. Tomislav Adžić, PhD student
Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture gave me wide knowledge about all the specific aspects of the profession, which includes wide variety. But even more than that, with each new subject matter, professor or assistant, the door of a new interesting area would open.
I graduated as the best student in my generation, not because that was my goal, but because all those subjects and areas were so interesting that they attracted me to explore them. A variety of elective subjects turned into a “sweet pain”, but it was also not easy to decide on the direction to take after graduation. That difficult decision was made for me because I got the chance to work as a landscape designer. Working as a designer in landscape architecture I face various projects from private gardens – that require charm and intimacy, gardens of commercial and public buildings – seeking strict and cold aesthetics, parks and other large open spaces – that require an understanding of the various categories of users and a response to their needs by introducing different contents, to quite specific area such as, for example, kindergartens … In all these situations it is necessary to creatively respond to problems, creating new technical solutions, keeping up with new trends and introducing the use of new materials.
The most important thing to me is that, as a landscape designer I have the opportunity not just to brighten up someone’s daily living, but also to facilitate it, using inclusive design. For all these reasons, I enjoy the job of a landscape designer. The ability to improve the living conditions of others really fulfills me. Landscape architecture continues to inspire me and constantly encourages me to gain new knowledge, which is why I enrolled in doctoral studies after five years of professional experience. Danka Grbac, Landscape architecture designer
When I graduated from undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Forestry, I realized that I managed to connect nature and art into one. Today, I am a PhD student at the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture and I know that every day is an opportunity to learn and discover something new. Selfless help of the professors and colleagues and a positive working atmosphere, help me greatly to feel welcome and get the maximum out of these studies. Marija Nešić, PhD student
If you have a need to positively and significantly influence your environment and if you are interested in the latest trends in the design of all categories of green spaces, as well as the applicable expertise in the field of landscape architecture, horticulture and landscape engineering, time spent studying landscape architecture and horticulture will be indispensable. Useful knowledge in the field of production, maintenance and protection of ornamental plants, as well as urban planning and landscape architectural design are close at hand. Kristina Živković and Ervin Vukasović
In choosing my profession the elements that ruled were the love of nature, flora, drawing and design, the desire to be creative and innovative, as well as pleasure felt during the creation and preservation of beauty. Therefore, landscape architecture and horticulture was a logical choice. Multidisciplinary approach in the studies has enabled me to acquire knowledge in various fields (establishment, tending, landscaping and design of green spaces). Another beefit is working in small groups, as well as the fact that we have good cooperation with professors and a lot of practical work and practice in the field. Everything is focused on the ideas, progress and development of students. Participation in numerous professional workshops, competitions, conferences, work in multidisciplinary teams, brought me a new experience, meeting new people with similar professions (architects, urban planners), and the prizes, which were an incentive. That is why I enrolled in master studies of the module Landscape Architecture, so that along with new knowledge and skills I would be able to use the ideas in the field of planning, design and management of open space areas in practice. Dejana Milošev
When I was supposed to decide on the Faculty, all I knew was that I wanted to do something that would allow me to spend time outdoors and in contact with nature. On the other hand, my great love was art history. It seemed to me that landscape architecture could include both. After completing undergraduate studies and entering the master module of planning and design, I am sure that I am not mistaken. At the beginning of the study we simultaneoulsly worked on the systematics of plants and leveling, soil science, ecoclimatology, history, landscape architecture, and I have often wondered if my study makes sense. However, at the end of the fourth year of undergraduate studies, everything was in the right order all by itself and I realized that I had all the knowledge acquired for the idea that crystallized in my mind during the studies – I want to leave a mark in space, in a way that will respect nature and nurture and satisfy the needs of people who live in that area. Landscape architecture primarily taught me to understand space and the natural processes that take place in it, giving me the opportunity to create my own creative expression, and a way of understanding my own environment, which is not offered by any other discipline. Danica Novković
I enrolled in the study program of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture hoping that it would be an ideal compromise between my interests in drawing and biology, and now after four years of study I can surely say that this unpredictable journey took my knowledge far beyond my initial expectations. The knowledge that I gained resulted in the construction of a different perception of the world and gave me a chance to understand space through the prism of landscape architecture. A wide range of scientific disciplines which are taught motivated me to continue my studies in order to complete and firmly connect pieces of my current knowledge. Momir Krč