School of Indigenous Studies

Emma Jane Hunt


UWA Landscape Architecture Graduate Emma Jane Hunt 

I studied Landscape Architecture because of my love of the outdoors and design and creativity. I finished my degree in November 2009 and graduated in March 2010. I didn't do my TEE so I enrolled in the Aboriginal Orientation Course to help me gain entrance into an undergraduate degree course.

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture taught me a lot more than I bargained for. It taught to think outside the square. Being a part of the landscape architecture student world, meant spending many hours, making models, drawing with pencils and pens and sitting on the computer using a range of 2D and 3D design programs, which in my first year was a very scary thing!

My degree took me on exchange to the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque USA where I studied for a semester, which has bought me many experiences, great contacts and some really good friends!

I really enjoy that Landscape Architecture didn't mean that I couldn't give back to the Aboriginal community. There is always a lot of consultation work with traditional owners groups in many jobs, whether it be a conceptual process or a physical process of moving country around.

Today I work for BHP Billiton Iron Ore in the Pilbara for the Community and Indigenous Affairs Department and it’s more than I have expected! I may not be working in my field of studies but everything I learnt at university has helped me to get where I am today.I am still working in areas that I am passionate about and hope that later down the track I can combine both my Landscape Architecture, mining and working for my people!