Meet our Summer Intern: Devin Butler


We’re so excited to introduce you to Devin Butler, our intern for the summer! Devin is a native of McDonough, Georgia, and joins us from the University of Georgia—we met her at the UGA College of Environment and Design Career Fair earlier this year, and we’re thrilled to have her join us in the office for the next few months. She has already been hard at work applying her digital and hand rendering skills in the three weeks that she’s been a member of the ELM team!

Read on to get to know Devin a bit better!

Tell us a little bit about your career and studies so far, and how you became interested in this field.

I am a senior at UGA, studying Landscape Architecture, with a minor in Horticulture and a certificate in sustainability. I also plan to receive my Master’s in Environmental Planning from UGA. I became interested in this landscape architecture while attending orientation at UGA. I met the adviser during orientation and changed my major from Fine Art with a focus in Graphic Design to Landscape Architecture.

What is your favorite part of your landscape architecture/architecture studies?

Initial design and rendering are my favorite parts of my landscape architecture studying.

What has been your favorite part of working at ELM so far?

My favorite part of ELM is definitely the work environment and the collaboration that takes place when a project needs to be done

Are you involved in any professional, volunteer, or community organizations (both locally and at school)?

At school I am a founding member of an organization called Brown SUGA that mentors black high school and college women to improve self esteem and create a sisterhood on UGA campus. I am also a part of horticulture club.

What type of projects are you most excited to work on?
I’m most excited to work on commercial projects and anything that is large scale.

What are some industry trends/changes/etc. that you are excited about, or that have inspired you recently?
I’m most excited about there being a movement of increasing green spaces and walkability in cities and catering more to the pedestrian experience than the vehicular experience.

Have you seen any local (or non-local) examples of inspiring design that you'd like to share?

The Beltline and Atlantic Station both in Atlanta are two areas I have seen with this trend.

What advice would you give to someone looking to study architecture or landscape architecture in college?

If you’re think about studying landscape architecture, do it. Getting the degree does not hinder you to only be a landscape architect, you gain computer skills that open other doors for you.

What are your favorite things to do outside the Do you have any unique hobbies?

I enjoy going to botanical gardens and hanging out with friends. I know how to crochet and sew which I feel is unique for my age, I also recently started a comic strip with a friend, so I do a lot of digital drawing and coloring.

Have you been on any interesting trips lately, or have any favorite places you've traveled?
A recent interesting trip I took my first trip out west to Denver, Colorado with the Horticulture Club to participate in the National Association of Landscape Professionals Competition. On the way back to UGA, our direct flight was cancelled, so we had to stay an extra night in Denver, fly to Cleveland, Ohio the following morning, spend the night in Cleveland, and the next day we flew to Chicago, Illinois, was in layover in Chicago for 12 hours, before finally flying home to Atlanta. And the icing on the cake, the airport lost my luggage and I had to wait a week to get it back.

What do you enjoy most about living in Jacksonville?

I love the heat, sunshine, and being able to go to the beach every weekend.

What's your favorite local restaurant?
Jazzy’s in Riverside